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Igus has developed Chainfix saddle clamps for securely fixing cables within energy chains.

The tensile strength of the Chainfix clamps is said to be around three times higher than that of standard clamps (3,500N instead of 1,000N).

The narrow width and low height make the best use of limited space when mounted directly in the energy chain mounting bracket or through a separate C-profile rail outside the mounting bracket.

Ribbed plastic saddles ensure a positive connection with the cables and thus secure strain relief.

The cables remain clamped, even under very large pull, so that they cannot slip out.

The company claims that it has also developed and optimised accessories for the quicker and more versatile installation of the strain relief clamps.

The part number and correct direction of installation are marked on the top and the side of the Chainfix saddle clamps.

This facilitates the identification of parts for ordering, whether the clamp is installed or not.

The double saddles have been optimised with new locating lugs that make installation simpler and more secure, thus saving on installation time, according to Igus.

The saddles are made of optimised Igumid G plastic.

The abrasion-free saddles work well with a range of sheathing materials (including PVC, PUR and TPE).

The clamps are available in black varnished steel or in stainless steel and as a single-, double- or triple-layer version.

A range of strain relief possibilities can be achieved with the new Chainfix multi-clamps.

Four different double-saddle geometries are offered, allowing the fitter to install different cable diameters quickly and compactly inside a single space-saving modular clamp.

These multi-row multi-clamps can also securely fix cables with small outer diameters.

The double saddles are available individually to combine with existing systems or as ready-to-install multi-assemblies.

Alternatively, they can be freely configured according to requirements.

The company claims that Chainfix saddle clamps currently represent standard strain relief for energy chains of all kinds with plastic mounting brackets.

Igus is also offering a variety of special solutions.

Chainfix Nuggets for example, can be used for fixing cables and hoses with diameters of up to 20mm.

This space-saving and low-cost strain relief element slides into the C-profile rail with no tools needed.

A further solution comes in the form of strain-relief separators, which combine energy chain interior division components with strain relief.

The separators are suitable for enclosed-style energy tubes.

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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