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Igus’s RX plastic energy tube, which is almost 100 per cent chip-proof, was awarded the IF Product Design Award in 2010. Closed plastic energy tubes from Igus can be used in all areas where chips occur, with dust, dirt, oil, humidity, heat and cold having no effect on them.

The impermeability of the RX plastic energy tube has been further optimised since the product was released. In addition, Igus supplies two new sizes: 48mm and 56mm interior height.

The design of the energy tube ensures that all chips simply run off, and nothing sticks at all — from the coarsest to the tiniest of particles.

RX is completely free of edges, openings and sharp contours. Its rounded design and smooth domed outer contour allow debris and chips to simply fall away. In addition, the pin-and-bore connections and the ‘stop-dogs’ are concealed on the inside so that no chips can get stuck inside.

The energy tube is particularly suitable for short self-supporting lengths such as those found inside machine tools. Applications with small reverse bending radius (RBR) can be realised.

Key features and benefits

  • RX energy tube is easy to open, despite its impermeability
  • It has a very large filling space, with currently either 52mm or 72mm interior height, including an inner separation system optimised for the lowest levels of abrasion on cables
  • Tube lids are opened in outer radius by means of special opening catch adapted to the contour
  • Separation system has three vertical separators and a horizontal shelf for the safe separate routing of cables and hoses
  • Cables remain accessible at all times following fitting into the tube — maintenance and machine downtimes are kept to a minimum
  • RX is available in a high-temperature version made of Igumid HT high-temperature material, ensuring that even red-hot chips — up to 850°C — fall off the tube rather than melting on, leaving no trace of fire or melting
  • Tube can be delivered directly to the machine as ready chains, assembled to size and fitted with cables and hoses and suitable connectors

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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