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Igus has developed a horizontal guiding system called Guidelok.

The system is suitable for use in the machining industry; particularly where unsupported travels of up to 50m are required and metal chip debris makes a guiding system difficult.

Guided in a lightweight aluminium trough, the energy chain radius passes through the Igus Guidelok system – a spring-loaded roller support bracket, which moves away from the moving radius, allowing a smooth movement.

The roller bracket then springs back out behind the radius to support the upper energy chain run.

The design ensures that no debris can settle between the sliding surfaces of the upper and lower run of the energy chain and the open guide trough prevents a build up of swarf or chips.

Improvement of the unsupported energy chain length allows OEMs to choose a smaller chain, saving overall costs.

By using a smaller and unsupported energy chain, the required drive force is reduced.

The upper and lower run of the Guidelok are separated from each other – minimising friction and wear and increasing the overall lifespan of the system.

The Igus Guidelok energy chain system is available with or without support troughs.

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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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