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e-skin® flat | cable guidance system for cleanrooms

Modular principle for ISO class 1 applications

The cable guides for automation systems and robots in both display and semiconductor manufacture, as well as LCD/LED panel manufacture, must meet special particle-free requirements. Unlike common solutions that use defined flat ribbon cables, in which stranded elements are firmly fixed, the e-skin flat cable guide system is designed with an openable chamber. Flexible stranded elements, with or without connectors, that support chains, hoses, etc, can now be replaced or added in a few minutes.

e-skin® flat advantages

  • Modular and compact design
  • Replace cables quickly
  • IPA classification: Report IG2102-1212 - EN ISO Class 1 to DIN 14644-1 for e-skin® flat
  • UL-certified complete system
  • High reliability due to coordinated stranded structure CFCLEAN
  • Available from stock
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e-skin flat single pods configurator

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Versions and sizes


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e-skin® flat cable guidance system
  • Inner height: 12mm
  • Outer height: 13mm
  • Number of chambers: 2 - 6
  • Openable
  • Without support chain
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e-skin® flat cable guidance system
  • Inner height: 15mm
  • Outer height: 16mm
  • Number of chambers: 2 - 6
  • Closed version
  • No suitable support chain available
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NEW: SKF12C.UL.1.1.10

e-skin® flat cable guidance system
  • Design: enclosed
  • UL certified complete system
  • Inner height: 12mm
  • Number of chambers: 2 - 6
  • Cable ≤ ø: 2 - 6mm
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NEW: SKF12O.UL.1.1.10

e-skin® flat cable guidance system
  • Design: enclosed
  • UL certified complete system
  • Inner height: 12mm
  • Number of chambers: 2 - 6
  • Cable ≤ ø: 13mm
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NEW: Predictive maintenance

e-skin® flat - Predictive maintenance
  • Condition-based real-time information
  • Extends service life
  • Avoid plant downtime
  • Increase in (OEE)

Why the flat cable guide system e-skin® flat and CFCLEAN?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


  • Q: Is the e-skin® flat approved for cleanroom applications?

    A: Yes, we tested the closed version of the SKF series in the Fraunhofer IPA test centre of semiconductor devices on the basis of ISO class 14644-1 and obtained ISO Class 1 certification.

  • Q: What materials are e-skin® flat products made of?

    A: There are two options: One is PVC and the other is nano-F-coated TPE.

  • Q: Can I use the e-skin® flat for unsupported applications?

    A: Only unsupported but please contact us and we will find a solution!

  • Q: How does the strain relief system of the cables work?

    A: The mounting brackets are made from aluminium. Strain relief for the cables is included ad made from a TPE profile.

  • Q: How long service life can you guarantee?

    A: That depends on your application but, normally, igus® products have been tested for 10 million double strokes.

  • Q: Do you have tools for opening the e-chains®?

    A: The e-skin flat is easy to open by hand thanks to the zipper.

  • Q: Is is possible to extend the e-chain® after installation?

    A: Yes, no problem. You only need a new mounting bracket.

  • Q: Would it be possible to replace or add some cables?

    A: Our SKF12.x.02 can be opened. You can change the cables very quickly.

In combination with the stranded structure CFCLEAN

  • No bending of the system due to stiff jacket cables
  • Low reset forces due to soft strand structure
  • Up to 21% weight reduction compared to conventional cables
  • Approx. 18% smaller diameter of the stranding elements compared to commercially available jacketed cables
  • CFCLEAN relieves the linear carriage and reduces the required drive energy
  • Tested for 80 million cycles
e-skin® flat cable guidance system
e-skin® flat cable guidance system

Further technical advantages

  • NEW: UL certified complete system - certificate recognised worldwide
  • Can be widened at will, grows with the user's requirements
  • Multi-layer model possible
  • Stackable, width-variable mounting brackets available
  • Fast, flexible exchange of the filling
  • Flexible standard modular system
  • No special production
  • 9dB(A) quieter than standard flat ribbon cables
  • 20% more cost-effective than commercially available cleanroom ribbon cables
  • Unsupported design with support chain option

Further information

e-chains® for cleanroom

e-chains_for_cleanroom IPA-tested e-chains® that are easy to install in cleanrooms applications.

Certifications and seals of approval

Certifications and seals of approval Our products are tested and certified for quality. igus quality is confirmed.

Our cleanroom solutions

Cleanroom solutions Our cleanroom products are tested with the best possible cleanroom classification (ISO Class 1).

Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Dan Thompson

Product Manager


Customer Service:

Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm



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