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igus UK is now offering a range of ESD/Atex energy chains from stock within 24 hours, enabling designers to build machines more quickly and efficiently. There are approximately 280 ESD/Atex chain versions available, including a selection of smaller ‘zipper’, medium E2/000 and heavy-duty E4.1 and E4/light energy chains, which constantly discharge electrostatic build-up in a controlled way.

igumid ESD material has been designed for applications where any electrostatic discharges are potentially damaging, for example manufacturing or the handling of sensitive electronic products and component parts. Any motion can generate friction between machine parts and consequently static electricity may build up. At contact with an earthed body, these (possibly high) voltages can be discharged.

While the current is usually relatively low in most cases and is not harmful to humans, sensitive electronic component parts can be irreparably damaged. To avoid such damage, all machine components need discharging and the entire system needs to be earthed throughout. Permanent and reliable discharging of energy chains and cable management systems is especially important to avoid electrostatic build-up.

Electrostatic discharge is not only dangerous for electronic component parts; it can contribute to the combustion of gases, dusts or vapours in potentially explosive areas. Wherever such conditions exist, for example in the chemical industry, in material bulk handling or in coating lines, ESD energy chains can be used to avoid electrostatic discharges.

Key features and benefits

  • Before delivery, each energy chain is tested for 100 per cent electric conductivity and given a compliance marking.
  • The chain is moulded in a different colour, grey instead of the standard black, for security when identifying the special parts.
  • Thanks to its special additives, igumid ESD is conductive right through the chain, from the first to the last link, unlike products with only temporarily conductive layers.
  • The optimised design is claimed to guarantee maintenance-free conductivity.

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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