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Energy chain and cabling specialist igus UK has launched two blue products for the food processing industry that enable manufacturers to produce food that is safe for consumption. The blue energy chains are easy to detect and the blue CFSPECIAL 544 cables are claimed to set a high standard for anti-microbial cables, so food manufacturers can operate to the highest levels of hygiene.

Even in the most modern production lines, machine failure and damage cannot be eliminated, and being able to detect foreign materials quickly in food is vital to guarantee the reliability of food production lines.

igus experts have designed a detectable polymer energy chain by using a special plastic material, igumid DT. As a result, spherical particles of the blue material as small as 1mm can be detected in fragments passing at speeds of 20m/min by all standard metal detection systems. This means that in cases of machine failure, no part of the energy chain will enter and contaminate the food chain. The igumid DT material is available for the reliable E2/000 and E4.1 series energy chains.

The company has also introduced a hygienic version of its chainflex cable, which has been designed especially for use in moving applications in the food and drink industry, effectively preventing the growth of bacteria, viruses and mould. The blue CFSPECIAL 544 cable is more reliable than some alternatives as the jacket material has special additives and its antimicrobial properties are contained throughout the composition of the jacket. As a result, the antibacterial properties are emitted over a long lifetime to restrict the growth of micro-organisms.

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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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