RX e-tubes: our most chip-repellent cable carrier to date

Chip tight

The problem solver for automated machinery exposed to metal chips - now available in 4 sizes

Chips and dirt can significantly affect the service life of cables and hoses. The RX e-tube is an enclosed plastic cable carrier that is extremely easy to open.

The energy tube repels chips, is almost air-tight, and can be opened easily at any point.

Features and benefits

Complete chip protection

Smoothly rounded contour prevents chip accumulation

Large interior cross section with 2.05” (52 mm) max. inner height

Covered pin/bore connection and stop dogs

Reverse bending radius (RBR) is a standard option

Typical applications

Machine tools

Tooling machines

Woodworking machinery

Anywhere subjected to chips, dirt, debris, or dust

RX e-tube cable carrier  
chip resistant cable carrier

Image (above): Resistant to chips, dirt, dust, and more.

Video (left): Tests in the igus® laboratory have proven the impressive, chip-resistant properties of new RX tube.

e-chain® Product Selector

Quickly find the best e-chain® cable carrier for your application. Simply enter your parameters and you'll be supplied with a list of chains that will work.

Assembly instructions

How to assemble RX Tubes.

Application examples

igus® cable carrier applications from different industries.

Product range
RX32 e-tube  


Inner widths Bi: 3.15" (80 mm)
Bend radius R: 3.15-9.84" (80-250 mm)
Pitch: 1.26" (32 mm) per link = 9.52 links per foot (32/m)

RX40 cable carrier  


Inner widths Bi: 3.94" (100 mm)
Bend radius R: 3.94-5.91" (100-150 mm)
Pitch: 1.57" (40 mm) per link = 7.52 links per foot (25/m)

RX48 tube  


Inner widths Bi: 4.72" (120 mm)
Bend radius R: 4.72-12.8" (120-325 mm)
Pitch: 1.89" (48 mm) per link = 6.35 links per foot (21/m)

RX56 e-tube  


Inner widths Bi: 5.51" (140 mm)
Bend radius R: 5.51-13.78" (140-350 mm)
Pitch: 2.20" (56 mm) per link = 5.45 links per foot (18/m)

cable carrier RX Tube cross section  
RX Tube: new chip-proof design, small pitch, removable cover


No projecting edges


Locking mechanism


Material: igumid G


Round contoured edge


Covered stop dogs and connection points


iF-Design prize for RX 40 design

ESD classification: electrically conductive ESD/ATEX versions upon request

Flammability Class
VDE 0304 IIC UL94 HB

E-Tubes with HT-material for hot chips up to 1,562°F available upon request

RX Tube cable carrier test 1

Test 1: Various tube types were submerged underwater. The RX Energy Tube took more than 30 seconds to fill up with water.

RX Tube cable carrier test 2

Test 2: Various tube types were exposed to a certain quantity of chips. After 80,000 cycles, the new RX tube had only allowed 0.2 g of chips were found in the interior.
e = weight in grams

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