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igus has augmented its e-spool cable management system with the introduction of e-spool power. Fitted with a quiet-running electric motor to drive the spool and electronic control system integrated with limit switches, the e-spool power is suitable for applications such as lighting beams and indoor cranes.

The motor in e-spool power allows travel lengths beyond 25m compared with the standard e-spool, which is limited by the spring retraction. This makes it suitable for use with many new theatre and stage, maritime and ship construction applications that have travels of up to 50m.

With e-spool power, the motor will quietly and gently drive the e-chain to its end position, then smoothly pull it back onto the spool again. The maximum extension/retraction speed of e-spool power is 1.2m/s.

Since e-spool provides end-to-end connections, no slip ring is required and tensile load on the cables is eliminated.

e-spool power is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, even at temperatures below freezing point. The unit has also undergone rigorous testing at the igus laboratory under extreme conditions to ensure a predictably long service life, thanks to the design of the retraction system and motor.

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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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