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Energy chain specialist igus has expanded its guidelok slimline system with the introduction of the guidelok slimline P (GLSL-P). Made entirely of plastic, this vertical energy chain system is characterised by its low weight and easy installation, allowing machine builders and system integrators to achieve faster speeds and higher accelerations than ever before.

Typical applications for the guidelok slimeline P include those found on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses, as well as elevators and material-handling equipment. In such applications, the energy chain would normally need to be guided in an enclosed trough system to ensure that it does not swing and cause damage to the cables or the chain itself.

The GLSL-P dispenses with enclosed metal channel troughs or any other special enclosures, which are often used to prevent the energy chain from swinging, protecting the cables and the chain itself. Instead, the energy chain travels freely and safely between the plastic brackets mounted at 2m intervals, reducing costs by up to 80 per cent.

According to igus director Justin Leonard, the fibreglass guide rail can be fitted with the plastic mounting brackets without using tools. As well as speeding up installation time and reducing costs, these plug-in brackets self-adjust to compensate for movement within the system, ensuring a quiet, smooth run.

The GLSL-P features two large spring-loaded locks that are pushed back as the radius of the energy chain passes between them, moving back into position where they grip the hanging length securely in place. This is claimed to provide operational security and to reduce noise thanks to the smooth, controlled motion.

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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