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Igus E-Chains are designed to accommodate cables and hoses in diverse applications, ranging from small printers to offshore cranes, and from outdoor areas such as the Olympic Games to clean rooms.

The Energy Chain is a mechanical system that controls, guides and protects data and energy supply (such as Field Bus, fibre optic, gas, air and liquids) via cables and hoses to moving equipment.

In essence, Energy Chains are the umbilical of modern machinery.

Being modular in design, Igus E-Chains can accommodate any length of travel.

Made of igumid G, a specially formulated polymer material, Igus E-Chains can endure a variety of environments, including high pressure and loads, wide temperature extremes and all weather conditions, as well as resistance to abrasion, dust and chips.

Igus claims the noise level of an E-Chain system is important too, so has developed special energy chains that measure from 33dB and deliver smooth operation even in fast motion applications.

In addition to this, Igus’ continual energy chain tests and numerous field applications prove the E-Chains are reliable in protecting cables in harsh environments.

According to Igus, the advantages of its E-Chains are that they have a long service life, short assembly times due to the modular design, short delivery times and a good price/performance ratio, which in turn offers a cost effective, safe and secure product to the customer.

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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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