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Igus’s low-friction cable management system for rapid positioning has helped speed up X-rays in emergency rooms at Royal London Hospital, which needed an X-ray machine for its resuscitation unit that could be transported across bays quickly.

The hospital turned to Xograph Healthcare, which designed the Buckystar Resus system: a ceiling-mounted X-ray tube support system that can be moved rapidly from bedside to bedside, without having to move the patient.

However, one of the challenges Xograph Healthcare faced in designing the X-ray system was how to contain the high-voltage and intelligent communications cables as they travelled over large distances. After considering various options, Xograph Healthcare chose Igus’s e-chain cable management system.

Igus advised on the best approach to take, and designed, supplied and installed a full custom system including the energy chain to carry the cables safely as well as the Chainflex cables for the motor power, communications and data.

The company recommended a special low-friction Rol e-chain because they are lightweight and can travel quickly and smoothly over large distances

Key benefits of product application

  • The Rol e-chains incorporate rollers, which significantly reduce friction and therefore less motor power was required.
  • Igus’s e-chains are made from a self-lubricating polymer so require minimal maintenance over a long lifetime.
  • The Chainflex cables are guaranteed for millions of cycles in e-chains.
  • Using the low friction e-chain has enabled the company to develop an innovative X-ray device which meets the needs of emergency department resuscitation.
  • The igus energy chain allows flexible use of the X-ray machine across multiple triage bays for check-ups, which wasn’t previously possible due to hanging cables.

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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