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Igus has launched a roller energy chain, the 3500R, and a modular plastic guiding profile, Guidelite, which are said to be ideal for long travels. They are part of Igus’s range of modular systems for all types of movement, which provides cost-effective and simple solutions for all energy supplies.

3500R e-chain series

The 3500R e-chain series enables long travels of up to 150m at speeds of up to 4m/sec with low additional loads to be achieved cost effectively. It is suitable for applications where travel is too long for a pure-sliding application and where a robust P4 roller energy chain is over-dimensioned due its weight.

The low-friction roller system safely drives energy cables and is said to be energy efficient compared with sliding solutions, achieving travels more economically. Additionally, the system is safe, silent, durable and abrasion resistant.

The easy-to-install energy chain can be opened from the external radius and is adjustable to suit any horizontal application thanks to its modular interior separation. The modular design of the roller-chain link allows the use of all widths of the standard 3500 series, from 50mm to 250mm. 

The 3500R energy chain series can also be safely guided in Igus’s Guidelite system, a modular plastic guiding profile that can be quickly installed and is also economic, corrosion resistant and lightweight.

Guidelite can withstand harsh conditions with its weather resistance, insensitivity to dirt and high-impact strength at low temperatures. It is suitable for many applications where the speed, cycle numbers and additional load requirements are at the lower range, and can be used as a low-cost supporting trough for free-supporting applications. It is suitable for Igus’s E2/000 and E4.1 e-chain series.

Igus

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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