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Igus’s E4.350 energy chain — which is claimed to be the world’s largest polymer energy chain — can be assembled quickly and easily.

E4.350 chain

The e-chain is assembled by connecting its interlocking side-links together. Adding mounting brackets and interior separation brackets is also straightforward, and the internal crossbars provide increased rigidity for the chain. Thanks to the modular design, the desired length can be quickly constructed, reducing installation time.

The tribopolymer used in the production of the energy chain is suitable for working tough environments; the E4.350 chain is resistant to corrosion, seawater and oil. This makes it ideal for moving large, heavy hoses and cables on oil platforms, for use in steelworks and for use in other heavy engineering, according to the company.

The e-chain is capable of carrying fill weights greater than 100kg/m and unsupported lengths of up to 6.5m, as well as those that have an inner height of 350mm.

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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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