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Igus’s Guidelok Slimline (SL) safely guides cables at heights of up to 80m in vertical energy chain applications, such as those found on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses.

Compact and easy to install, even when being retrofitted into an existing system, Guidelok SL enables safe energy and data supply in extreme environments, including warehouses, deep-freeze storage facilities, crane systems and power stations.

In vertical energy chain applications, the chain is typically guided vertically in an enclosed trough system to ensure that it does not swing out of control, thus preventing damage to the energy chain or cabling.

The design of the Igus Guidelok SL locks the energy chain into position and is said to be straightforward to maintain as the need for a continuous, enclosed trough is eliminated.

Instead, the energy chain travels freely and safely between small sections of steel trough.

The Guidelok SL 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 not only provides operational safety, but also reduces noise thanks to the smooth, controlled motion.

According to Igus, several manufacturers of storage-and-retrieval equipment for high-bay warehouses have already successfully implemented Guidelok SL while realising cost savings of almost 80 per cent.

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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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