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Igus UK has developed the Easy Chain range as an easy-to-fill and cost-effective alternative to standard cable-carrier systems. It is suitable for applications such as packaging machines, general machinery, office equipment and electronic apparatus.

The Easy Chain range is designed to eliminate the laborious, time-consuming and costly process of fitting cables in energy chains.

Easy Chain is produced in Igus’s Igumid NB polymer material, which is strong and flexible. It has a maximum tensile strength of up to 120MPa and can withstand temperatures of up to 170°C.

An ESD electrically conductive version of the Energy Chain is also available. The ESD version is based on GC PTB-certified material and is designed for applications where any electrostatic discharges are potentially damaging.

Click on the link above to watch a short video of Igus’s energy chain assembly and installation.

Key features and benefits

  • The Easy Chain range is resistant to dirt, dust, corrosion and wear and, as a result, provides a long service life.
  • It has a quick press-in cable feature integrated within the cross bars, which allows the cables to be inserted into the energy chain easily with a simple press of the thumb.
  • The crossbars have an overlapping feature that creates secure housing of the cable.
  • The design features and material properties of the Easy Chain make it very versatile and suitable for use in a wide range of industrial sectors.

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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