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At this year’s Offshore Europe event, Igus will present its E-Chain cable carriers and Chainflex continuous-flex cables, which have been developed specifically for mechanically and environmentally challenging offshore applications, as well as its maintenance-free range of plain, spherical and linear bearings. Visitors will be able to see live demonstrations of the E4.350 — a large plastic energy chain — and meet industry specialists to discuss the latest innovations.

Igus energy chains are manufactured from high-performance plastics, making them tough and resistant to corrosion and impact. They ensure high UV, temperature and precipitation stability, are lubricant free and have very long working lives, making them a cost-effective choice.

They are also available in Atex-ESD-compliant versions and have been proven by test to function reliably at extreme temperatures and in adverse weather conditions, making them suitable for offshore applications. For example, the E4.350 is suitable for carrying large cables and hoses 15m up and down during operations such as drilling head stroke or lateral rig skidding.

Igus’s Chainflex cables are designed for millions of moving cycles in energy chains. A number of these have the NEK606 offshore cable rating, meaning they are halogen free and mud resistant. The company’s Iglidur polymer bearings — which will also be showcased — are resistant to dirt, seawater, chemicals and extreme temperatures.

Event information

  • Venue: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
  • Dates: 3–6 September 2013
  • Igus stand number: 4E99

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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