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Igus has introduced Twisterband, a cable-carrying system that allows for rotations of up to 3,000 degrees and is suitable for use with machines that have rotary motions.

Machine tool applications require a number of different services including electricity, oil and pneumatics in order to run.

These services are delivered to the machine tool via cables or hoses – all of which require protection and guidance to avoid damage and subsequent machine failure.

This is straightforward when the cables run in a linear motion, but some machines have rotary motions that render typical linear cable carrying systems insufficient.

For these applications, Igus developed its special-purpose rotary cable-carrying system Twisterband.

Twisterband allows for rotations of up to 3,000deg, +/-1500deg and can reach speeds of up to 380deg/s.

Like all Igus E-Chain systems, it is modular, lightweight and designed to be easy to install and fill.

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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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