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Igus has developed a cost-effective guide trough system that is easy to assemble and suitable for applications within the horticultural industry.

The Guidelite system was inspired by applications in outdoor environments that needed to use long travels of energy chains but had issues with the build-up of debris in the supporting guide trough caused by water, earth and dust.

To prevent this from happening, Igus designed the system to be robust and with fewer components.

Guidelite — which offers long travels of up to 150m — consists of plastic L-shaped guide bars, profile rails, an energy chain and a special feeder module.

Key benefits

  • As each guide bar is set at 1m increments, the upper chain runs freely; as a result, there is ample room for wet debris to fall straight through, eliminating build-up and system breakdowns.
  • Although Guidelite was designed with plant irrigation in mind, it can also be used in application areas where there are low numbers of cycles.
  • In comparison with a metal system, Guidelite is around half the price, does not corrode, has low coefficients of friction and comes with the Igus lifetime guarantee.

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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