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Energy chain and cable specialist igus has launched a range of cables specifically for cable carrier applications that do not require high cycle rates. With a guaranteed service life of one million double strokes, the chainflex M range is said to be a cost-effective alternative for such applications.

The company’s current range of chainflex cables is guaranteed for five million double strokes in constantly moving energy chain applications, even with high speeds, accelerations and demanding environmental conditions. Its new chainflex M range is designed for less demanding applications where reliability is still important but the required cycle life is much lower.

Typical applications for the chainflex M range are in theatres, tools and jigs, packaging machines and some machine tools. Covering all types of cables from control, motor, servo and measuring cables through to data and bus cables, the chainflex M range is also UL/CSA certified.

In addition, chainflex M cables have undergone the same demanding in-house tests as standard chainflex for wear, chemical resistance and flexing performance in energy chains. 

All cable series in the chainflex M range cost 20–30 per cent less than the standard chainflex ranges igus currently offers and are made from iguPUR, a highly oil- and bend-resistant PUR material, or PVC.

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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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