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Glossary about cams, cam gears and tool-changing systems from MIKSCH

Output / output element:

Downwards directed force; last gear link subjected to power take-off (Mackensen, Deutsches Wörterbuch (German Dictionary)

Output shaft:

Technical component serving the purpose of transferring power between gear box and drive gear; part of the drive train. (Wikipedia)

Double spiral gear:

The double spiral gear is a self-locking spur wheel gear. The axes of the drive gear and the output gear are arranged parallel to each other. The gear has a rate of efficiency of clearly more than 50%, despite the self-locking effect. Even transmissions to higher speeds can be design with a self-locking effect. Fields of application: Blinds, stopcocks, lifting devices, window lifts, roller blinds (Catalogue)

Level cams:

The cam is positioned in a two-dimensional plane. (Wikipedia)

Limit switch group:

A number of limit switches arranged side by side.

Globoidal cam:

Three-dimensional cam with the shape of a globoid.

Gripper arm (BP):

Gripper arm with rotating gripper jaws; the first movement of the gripper arm is a rotary motion. (Catalogue)

Gripper arm (BPS):

Gripper arm with straight gripper jaws, which pick up the tool from the side; the first movement is a stroke movement. (Catalogue)

Basic gear box:

Gear boxes with on output axis, e.g. rotary index tables, index drives, handling units, oscillating drives. (Brockhaus)

Handling unit type H(*)G from MIKSCH:

The handling unit H(*)G is based on two disc cams with downstream link mechanism; the output element is a plate for mounting the work units. (Catalogue)

Handling unit type H(*)S  from MIKSCH:

The gear box is based on a globoid / complementary disc cam. The transfer of motion is form-fixed The output has been designed as a flange. (Catalogue)

Handling unit MAN(*)  from MIKSCH:

The handling unit MAN(*) is based on a globoid / groove cam. The transfer of motion is form-fixed The output elements has been designed as a shaft. (Catalogue)

Handling unit H(*)T  from MIKSCH:

The handling unit H(*)T is based on our tandem gear box with downstream moving carrier plate. The output element is a plate for mounting the work units. The drive takes place optionally via a drive shaft, an integrated worm gear or a geared motor. (Catalogue)

Hertz' pressing:

The highest tension that is effective in the center of the contact area of two elastic bodies. In both bodies a characteristic distribution of tension (surface pressure) accrues on the contact surface, whereby the tension is then highest in the center. (Wikipedia)


Abbreviation for intermittent components of the companies COLOMBO and MIKSCH.

Chain magazine MCM from MIKSCH:

This chain magazine is a pick-up system; the chain links are equipped with tool jaws, which serve as tool magazines. (Catalogue)

Chain magazine with transfer unit from MIKSCH:

A transfer tool holder of the transfer unit takes up the tool from the magazine jaw by moving from the rear over the the tool support. Then the transfer tool holder moves out sideways and makes the tool available for other modules. (Catalogue)

Combined gear boxes:

Tight connection and thus assignment of at least to movements. (Catalogue)

Complementary disc cam:

Dual disc cam with form closure between the two cams above the output element.


A gear box part connected to the continuously rotating drive shaft, whereby this rotary motion is converted to an intermittent movement of the output shaft. (M131)

Cam gear:

The cam gear is a gear box in which a mostly uniformly rotating cam carrier (disc or cylinder) is able to generate certain specified periodic movements of a follower (slide or lever), which are realized by a corresponding cam design. Particularly used if total standstill periods of the follower (e.g. cam shaft) between movement periods are required. (Brockhaus)

Linear unit AMC from MIKSCH:

The movement direction from linear unit AMC is horizontal, whereby any arrangement of loads on the slide is possible. The special feature is the closed housing and the location of the roller on the underside. This enables the use of this type especially under veryx dirty conditions. (Catalogue)

Linear unit SMC from MIKSCH:

The linear unit SMC has a horizontal direction of movement with the slide arranged on the top. (Catalogue)

Linear unit TMC from MIKSCH:

The linear unit TMC has a horizontal direction of movement with laterally arranged slide. (Catalogue)

Maltese mechanism:

Equivalent to the Maltese-cross mecjhanism; a gear box named after a characteristic component in the shape of a Maltese cross. (Wikipedia)

Oscillating motion:

The uniform rotary movement of the drive is converted to an oscillating motion of the output. (Katalog)

Oscillating drive CF3:

The design of the index drive CF 3 serves as basis for the oscillating drive CF 3, - a complementary disc cam with parallel arrangement of drive and output shafts. (Catalogue)

Pick & Place motions:

Movements in one level and in space can simply be generated with handling units. The best known are the pick & place motions for loading and unloading assembly machines and machine-tools. Due to the forced synchronization of the two or three axis motions, almost any track curves can be generated. (Catalogue)


Controlled or intended standstill of the output. (Doku MAN030)

Rest angle:

Rotation angle of the cam, in which the output element will not perform any movement.

Three-dimensional cams:

Three-dimensional cams are Cylindrical cams, globoid cams, transport shafts. (Brockhaus)


RIGIDIAL Rotary index table based on a globoid cam; the drive axis is arranged under a right angle to the axis of the indexing plate. (Catalogue)


A part tht is linked to the output shaft and is set into motion by the cam. (M131)


(rotation = Drehung); Rotational movement; movement of a body around its axis of rotation. (Wikipedia)


The rotoblock oscillating drive from MIKSCH is based on the same design basis as the index drive of a globoid cam. The drive axis is arranged under a right angle to the output axis. (Catalogue)


Ultimate jump in the acceleration function. (Product overview)

Rotary index table from MIKSCH:

Cycled movement of a stable mounted table plate. With continuous rotation of the drive shaft, rotary index tables perform a step-by-step movement of a stable mounted indexing plate. Each step is followed by a standstill. Due to the form closure in the gear box system, the indexing plate is locked during the standstill period. Generously dimensioned cam rollers and the cross roller bearing mounting of the indexing plate ensure high reliability and positioning accuracy. (Catalogue)

Motion angle:

Angle (in degrees) determined by the part of the cam which causes turning of the turret by one step. (M131)

Disc cam:

See level cam.

Disc magazine CTM from MIKSCH:

Tool-changing system consisting of a disc magazine with rotary index table, combined with a CUT-tool changer with gripper arm. The tool holder in the disc magazine pivots by 90° to tool change position, enabling the gripper arm to take up the tool. (Catalogue)

Disc magazine MDM from MIKSCH:

This disc magazine MDM is a pick-up system. The disc with the tool jaws serves the purpose of a tool magazine. It is directly driven by a servo motor and holds the tools available at the transfer position. (Catalogue)

Disc magazine:

Magazine in which the materials are transported on a disc.

Worm gear:

Category of rolling contact worm gears; worm gears consist of a screw shaped so-called worm, which when in rotary motion drives an engaging gear (worm gear). (Wikipedia)

Index drive CF2 from MIKSCH:

Index gear based on a cylindrical cam. The drive axis is arranged under a right angle to the output axis. The assignment of drive and output axis is freely selectable. (Catalogue)

Index drive:

Cycled movement of an output shaft; with continuous rotation of the drive shaft index gears perform index movements of the output. Each stepping motion is followed by a standstill. Due to the forced closure in the gear box system, the output is locked during standstill. Shock and jerk-free movement sequences is ensured by the use of special transfer functions. (Catalogue)

Self-locking spur wheel gear:

Double worm gear.

Star wheel gear:

Index drive used to convert continuous rotary movements into intermittent rotary movements. (Wikipedia)

Control cams:

A control cam is mounted on the cam shaft. This cam operates a switched installed by the customer. The signal submitted by this switch enables switching off the drive during the standstill phase of the cam drive. The type of operation of this switch must be specified by the customer, because various cam shapes are used.. The delivery includes a plate to take up the switch provided by the customer. (Catalogue)

Spur wheel gear:

A gear for transferring the movement between parallel shafts. (Brockhaus)

Tandem drives:

A tandem drive unites two cam drives in one compact housing. The two movements are forced synchronized via two cams, which are mounted on a common cam shaft. By rotating the drive shaft index or oscillating movements can be generated in at the output. These can be combined as desired. (Catalogue)

Moment of inertia:

Equivalent with mass moment of inertia; physical dimension used in mechanics to specify the inertia of a rigid body against changes to its rotary movement; the moment of inertia of a body depends on its shape, its mass distribution and, additionally, also on its rotation axis. (Wikipedia)

Torque limiter GSR:

The torque limiter GSR is a special clutch type that has been developed for the CF3-index drives (series 65P-130P) and for the MIKSCH INTERMICO tandem drives. (Catalogue)

Torque limiter LCS:

The torque limiter LCS is a special clutch type that has been developed for the rotoblock gear box. (Catalogue)

Torque limiter:

The flux of force at the output must be interrupted to protect the cam gear most effectively against becoming overloaded At the same time there must be a possibility to resume the work cycle in a phase synchronized manner after the fault has been eliminated. Special torque limiters are available for this purpose. (Catalogue)

Multiple-spline shaft:

Shaft with several wedge-shaped recesses around its circumference.

Tool-changing system CTM from MIKSCH:

The CTM tool-changing system consists of a disc magazine with rotary index table, combined with a CUT tool changer with gripper arm. (Catalogue)

Tool-changing system MCS from MIKSCH:

The MCS tool-changing system consists of an MCM chain magazine with tool changer. The tool changer with gripper arm takes the tool out of the spindle and the magazine and changes it. For this purpose the tool holder swivels around by 90° to tool changing position. (Catalogue)

Tool-changing system from MIKSCH:

A tool-changing system is a combination consisting of a magazine and a tool changer with gripper arm. One differentiates between a disc magazine and a chain magazine.

Tool changer HTC from MIKSCH:

These tool changers are particularly suitable for horizontal installation (HTC145) and can be delivered in a mirror inverted version (HTC146). (Catalogue)

Tool changer MTC from MIKSCH:

The MTC tool changers are particularly suitable for horizontal installation. Depending on the three-dimensional situation at the place of installation, the drive can be mounted laterally, but also directly on then housing. (Catalogue)

Tool changer MTC350 form MIKSCH:

The MTC350 tool changer comes with an additional feature, which locks the tools in the gripper arm already before the extension movement is started. This makes sure that heavy tools are also reliably locked and restrained in the gripper arm. (Catalogue)

Tool changers from MIKSCH:

Tool changers perform all movements necessary for tool changes in a mechanically synchronized manner. Depending on the weight of the tool and the gripper arm radius, tool change times of less then 0.5 seconds can be achieved. Tool changers are quick, exact, require only low maintenance and are available for all common tool supports.

Cylindrical cam:

Cylindrical cam is a three-dimensional cam developed from a cylinder.

Cylindrical groove cam:

Cylindrical cam is a three-dimensional form-form-fixed cam developed on a cylinder, whereby the output element runs in a groove.

Cylindrical bulge cam:

Cylindrical bulge cam is a three-dimensional form-fixed cam developed on a cylinder, whereby the output element has two rollers, which run off a bulge.