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Two wheels clamped onto the ribbon

The axle on the far side of the ribbon is fixed to the frame of the climber through self-aligning bearings.

On the near side of the ribbon, the axle is mounted on a linear slide so the wheel can be pressed against the ribbon or retracted away from it.

Motors are connected to the axles by Schmidt couplings to absorb any angular or lateral offsets.

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