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Heavy plastics - applications in building material manufacturing

40 years' experience

igus® is a specialist in the area of plastic research and can look back on 40 years of experience here. Specially developed high-performance plastics enable the use of igus® e-chain systems® in almost all application areas. Damp, dirt, chips, heat, cold, we have the solution for every requirement and do not use any steel or other metals in our e-chain® materials. In an increasing number of heavy duty areas, steel systems are being successfully replaced by igus® plastic e-chains® due to their exceptional suitability.

State your requirements and we fulfil them:


Cost-efficient, modular design

Long life at minimum maintenance costs

Resistance against dirt, chemicals and high temperatures

Proven, tested material with igus® system guarantee

Low weight with high stability

TÜV certified

That is only a few points that we consider when selecting and designing your "heavy-duty system". See all the things for yourself that are possible in the heavy-duty area with igus® - plastics for longer life®.

Application examples in building material manufacturing

Shelving system for concrete bricks

Data exchange is possible by exchanging the cable drum with an e-chain®.

Concrete production

No more short circuits for demanding logistics tasks.

Porous concrete hardening

Reliable process control in adverse environmental conditions, such as dust, rust and moisture.

Handling roof tiles

No more cork screws and cable failures when transporting roof shingles.

Cable Carrier for Brickworks

Application of cable carriers and continuous-flex cables in tile factory

Roof tile factory

Maximum uptime for cables despite extreme conditions in this roof tile factory.

Service life clearly enhanced

Since switching to chainflex® continuous-flex CF9 and CF10 control cables, service life has dramatically increased.

Concrete pipe cutter

drylin® R linear bearings have run oil-free for over three years in this heavy duty concrete pipe cutter

Cable carriers for road construction

Asphalt is supplied to the front of this road construction vehicle via an energy chain cable carrier.

Robotic end-effector

drylin® T is used for its low weight in this tile-handling machine

Woodworking machining center

Pre-assembled readychain® cable carriers for woodworking machinery.

Rotating machine tool

This rotating machine tool for furniture production uses drylin® linear guides.

Wood and sandwich processing

Here an energy supply system was developed from standard parts, whose piggyback system at last allocates a
defined place for the large volume suction hoses.

Woodworking machine tool

This company decided to use pre-assembled readychain® cable carriers in a new machine tool series.

More examples for difficult and extreme applications

Norway. Upright application for Aker Kværner Maritime Hydraulics AS.
Pre-assembled for the semi-submersible platform West Edrill.
Germany. Decommissioning Karlsruhe research reactor. The dismantling of a nuclear power plant with a zigzag chain.
Czech Republic. Lhoist a.s. modular principle steel construction in lime works.
Czech Republic. Enclosed e-chain system® directly on coal conveyor.
Czech Republic. Porici company CEZ a.s. power supply for coal transportation.
Czech Republic. Ventilation machine in underground storage facility of a power station.
Midland Bricks in Australia is the largest brick manufacturer in the world! Three e-chains® have been in operation round the clock since 2003 and still look the same as on the first day.
Maanshan steel and ironworks: High temperatures, large loads, a lot of dust and high speed.
voestalpine Stahl Donawitz: High level of dirt during descaling of the rails to be milled.
aluminum works Slovakia, aluminum works. Error-free operation for 9 years. Distance 203 ft, speed 0,98 ft/s.
Czech Republic. Ventilation machine in lime works.
scraper for fertilizer Germany. BASF in Ludwigshafen, scraper for fertilizer, since 1998, e-chain®: 4040-32-250-0
Austria, Niklasdorf, ABV, district heating plant
RTG RTG in India, distance: 72 ft, e-chain®: 5050-30-550-0, customer: Kalmar, for ATM
Plaster dust
Quayside crane Quayside crane with igus® e-chain systems®. Long distances up to 2,625 feet is possible.
Norway: e-chain® with chainflex® in a truck wash. In contact daily with street dust and mud. chainflex® cables perform exceedingly well.
Shagang, steel and ironworks in China. High temperatures, high speeds, heavy dust.
Czech Republic. CEZ a.s. modular system for supplying power to a coal excavator.
Long distance in a bulk goods storage facility
Crane builder Crane builder Noell in Panama. Application: RTG; distance: 64 ft; up to 197 ft/min.
Czech Republic. Shipyard Kresice-Loubi; refuelling point for cargo ships.
Compost mud
Meishan steel and iron works, Nanjing in China. Crane, heavy dust, high tempo.

Further interesting applications from extremely diverse areas can be found here.

The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsibushi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention in this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH