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Chips and dirt can significantly affect the service life of cables and hoses. Fully enclosed RX energy tubes from energy chain specialist igus feature smooth, rounded outer contours for maximum protection against the accumulation of debris and chips, as well as dust, dirt, oil, high humidity levels and temperature extremes.

RX energy tube

Available in four pitch length sizes (32mm, 40mm, 48mm and 56mm), the RX e-tubes are suitable for short, self-supporting lengths such as those found inside machine tools. They can be dismantled and reassembled quickly and easily for maintenance and servicing using a standard flat-blade screwdriver. 

Using the igus online configurator, the RX e-tubes can be ordered as ready-to-fit units — assembled to size and fitted with cables and hoses, suitable connectors and even including a guide tray — enabling machine builders to reduce assembly times and storage costs.

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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