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rotating pneumatic hose problem

rotating pneumatic hose problem

rotating pneumatic hose problem

hello - i currently have a rotating frame that contains 2 air cylinders which turn 2 levers - the frame is run on a solid shaft thru a set of bearings attached to a column - i have to route air & electric lines thru this frame to the lever cylinders & around the lift cylinder that sits in fron of the shaft -i see no way of keeping the air & electric lines from rotating w/ the frame because the lines must go down the column to an electric box & air panel - i cannot use a rotary union due to the shaft being solid & the lift cylinder in front (no space to bend tubing or cables) - has anyone encountered a problen like this or something similar - maybe a use for a robotic tube for the lines - the frame rotates 180 degrees in one direction & then reverses in the other - any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated - thank you
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RE: rotating pneumatic hose problem

If you're convinced you cannot modify to a hollow shaft & use a union, then perhaps you can create a static system above or below the frame that will accommodate the rotation.  Something similar in thought as how the robotic waterjet companies set up a series of tubing coils to handle extreme robot joint rotation.

similar to this:   http://www.kmtwaterjet.com/automotive.aspx


Blue Technik LLC
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RE: rotating pneumatic hose problem

hello again & thank you for the info - that is a great idea - thank you very much - it is much appreciated - unfortunately i was out of the office yesterday & our vp of engineering has his own idea about this so i am out of it - i saw the preliminary layout & it looks like a lot of complex pieces welded together to form an octopuss! - wish i could use this idea - oh well easy come easy go - thank you anyway & i will keep this for use at a latter time -  

RE: rotating pneumatic hose problem


You might want to present another option to your boss.  There are many companies that manufacture rotary unions that pass air, water, power, etc.  I've even seen rotary unions that pass water and power in the same housing.  One of the companies that I've used in the past is Rotary Sytems (http://rotarysystems.com/).  Good luck...


Richard Nornhold, PE

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