When linear guide and drive systems are called for, Winkel GmbH has an excellent reputation throughout the entire intra-logistics world. The company started more than 30 years ago with the development of WINKEL guide systems for heavy loads.
The WINKEL ROLLE with matching guide profile is predominantly used in liftmasts on material handling equipment and stationary material handling systems. Based on this construction kit, Winkel GmbH develops and produces complete hoisting and material handling machinery used by large system integrators and general business users, including as hoists and handling systems, robot linear axis, multi-axis linear system, or storage and retrieval equipment.
Over the course of many years, Winkel GmbH has developed predominantly customer-specific custom equipment for this business segment. Recently, the company presented yet another series product for this demanding material handling segment: The "COLIBRI" storage and retrieval unit, which is characterised by particularly high motion dynamics Dipl. Eng. Thomas Riffert, Managing Director at Winkel GmbH: "We determined that many of our customers have similar needs: a very dynamic storage and retrieval unit that travels with high accuracy and facilitates maximum use of space. “
New drive concept supports impressive dynamicsThe dynamics of the COLIBRI SRM are indeed impressive and can be followed live in the test field operated by Winkel GmbH. The unit travels horizontally at a maximum speed of 6 m/s and acceleration and deceleration of 5 m/s2 – and this at any height. Lifting is accomplished at speed of 3 m/s and acceleration of 3 m/s2. This is made possible by an innovative positive lock drive concept: a frequency controlled central drive on the lower and upper travel rail respectively engages with a pinion into a rack; synchronisation is accomplished mechanically with a cardan shaft. Due to its rigidity, this type of drive facilitates highly dynamic operation without incurring load swings. The system needs neither an elaborate electronic synchronisation mechanism for the two electrical motors nor an anti-swing system, which is essentially impossible to implement for such high speeds.