System E6-1 is frequently the top choice when energy chains are needed for cleanrooms, maximum dynamics, or low noise level. The easy accessibility and the high stability for this category render the E6-1 family as a specialist for highly demanding tasks.
... high holding force
... can be quickly opened with screwdriver
Proven and extremely secure snap-open system. You loosen the crossbar by two simple lever movements. The crossbars reliably hold even with thick filling and can still be easily opened.
The max. holding force of each crossbar is verified using practical pull-out test. This can also take place under the influence of oil or other liquids.
High accelerations at no vibration and abrasion, and reliable cable seating
The notching in the opening crossbars permits the use of notched separators. These remain reliably in their position even on applications traveling on the side. Cables cannot be crimped.
We conduct long-term tests on all chainflex® cables for wear, and therefore service life, in continuously moving operation. We also test customer-specific cables in order to predict the system service life.
Numerous chainflex® cables neatly laid and mounted turned 90° in an E6 energy chain. The interaction of energy chain material and jacket material is a decisive factor for the service life.
... easily accessible from above or below
... also pivoting on Series E61-29
Crossbars on the E61-29 energy chain are easy to pivot open and completely removable. This helps the easy insertion of cables. The crossbars on other E6-1 Series can be opened from left and right and are removable.
Drastically reduce assembly time. Quick insertion of cables and hoses saves valuable assembly time and money.
... Fastening in any direction
... Optionally retrofitted with integrated profile rail for installing a strain relief
Fastening options in any direction – above, below, or front face. Pressed-in steel bushings for a reliable fit. Optimum connection to the energy chain due to the same shape and material.
Circumferential mounting brackets, optionally with matching strain relief. Flexible mounting options and reliable connection in any direction
Mounted on the front-face with customer pre-assembled angle brackets on this large-scale plotter
A highly-flexible fastener made from the special purpose material, igumid TE, ensures a reliable, long-lasting connection between E6-1 chain links. The special-purpose material is extremely flexible and is suited for a nearly unlimited number of bending cycles.
Expert opinion: Suitability testing of
igus® Energy Chains of type E6-29.
for use in pick and place machinery
Expert opinion by the Electrical Energy Technology Institute confirmed that the fasteners reliably last for 1.8 billion cycles. As many as 3.8 billion cycles can be expected.
Machines CD sleeves in a fraction of a second: Tool open, gripper on. Tool closed. All in 0.25 seconds, speed 26.25 f/s, acceleration: 257.55 f/s
The fasteners between the chain links replace the classic pin/bore connection This drastically reduces abrasion. Applications in rooms with high cleanroom classes become possible.
energy chain system E6-1, certified according to DIN EN ISO Class 1, by the Fraunhofer IPA Institute. About 82% of all chainflex® catalog cables are certified according to ISO Class 1 or Class 2 IPA . (847 chainflex® cables with tested outer jacket material available from stock)
Micro-processor technology demands an absolutely dust-free environment. In addition to executing pick and place cycles at extreme speeds, this represents a considerable challenge for energy supply systems, which the igus® E6 energy chain masters in stride.
... alternating inner and outer links ensure very straight tracking
... accurate parallelism of the energy chain bands support the long service life
The alternating inner and outer link mechanism has an enormous advantage. The outside dimensions of both sides are exactly the same size and absolutely parallel.
Inner/outer link design in all E6-1 energy chain.
High-speed camera travel requires high stability and smooth energy chain travel
The "polygon effect" describes that many small elements create a rounder shape than few large ones. The particularly small pitch of the E6-1 ensures very "round" tracking behavior. This reduces vibration to a minimum and enables maximum precision. At the same time, the rolling noise is significantly reduced.
Series E61-29 was subjected to a sound measurement by the igus® lab with the result that the already good values of the E6-29 were improved by an additional 3 dB(A)
System E6 is particularly well-suited for plotters and printers, since the quiet and low-vibration operation and cleanroom compatibility guarantee a clean print image.
... nearly halve the cable wear
... less parts, more possibilities
Smooth, cable-friendly and rounded contour provides for a long service life of the cables and hoses. In addition, a better and more cable-friendly interior separation can now be implemented with less standardized components.
With the new rounded separators, the wear of the cables could be almost halved.
Here the rounded plastic crossbars assist in increasing the service life of cables
... easily accessible from above and below
... also pivoting on Series E61-29
The energy chain E6.-1 has opening crossbars that can be removed along the inner radius as well as the outer radius. This simplifies access to, and the insertion of cables and hoses into the energy chain.
Drastically reduce assembly time. Quick insertion of cables and hoses saves valuable assembly time and therefore money.
... Cables have the longest durability with plastic crossbars
... no plastic deformation with external impact force
Smooth, cable-friendly inner contour and rounded crossbars provide for a long service life of the cables and hoses. The combination of the tribo-optimized plastic of the crossbars with the jacket material of the used cables proves to be the best matching pair for the service life of cables in tests.
Cable wear in plastic crossbars: Jacket materials of different materials show the best wear results in plastic crossbars. Moreover, compared to aluminum crossbars, these are not subject to plastic deformation with external impact force.
Cable-compatible inner separation and opening crossbars guarantee a long service life for cables and the entire system for this large-scale plotter.
The use of plastic in all components of the energy chain guarantees that the material exhibits uniform behavior in response to temperature variations. This ensures consistently high precision and dynamics.
Few components for fast assembly. Even tight and uniform tolerances are standard, since all components are made from the same material
Large-scale printers have extreme demands on constant precision. Vibrations in the energy supply system that can occur due to non-uniform material expansion must be avoided.
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Flexible cables in Energy Chains or robots need special characteristics to last through many cycles, high speeds and accelerations, as well as demanding environmental conditions. Yet another requirement is that EMV safety standards, as well as NFPA 79, UL, CSA, VDE, Inter- and Profibus standards are met. The igus® chainflex® product range covers Energy Chain friendly control cables, servo cables, motor cables, as well as robot cables and also bus cables, data cables, encoder cables and fiber optic cables
All chainflex® cables are always tested in practice. This means in the energy chain or in motion, such as here in the igus® climate chamber at -40°F.
Available as a matching cable for cleanroom applications (more than 800 cables with Class 1 or 2 IPA certification) or for reliable functionality in any direction. Machines and plants must be reliably supplied with media, energy, and signals in each individual working position, which requires high durability and reliability of the cables.
All igus® energy chains can be assembled and disassembled by hand or with a simple slotted screwdriver. This facilitates chain link replacement at any time and at any position of the energy chain, and the ability to shorten and extend the energy chain.
The straightforward design and the fact that a simple screw driver is sufficient for assembly renders igus® energy chain assembly particularly easy and fast.
Tests are set up and adjusted with speed and ease. Here is an abrasion test that tests wear on long travels.
Small tabs on the fasteners between the E6-1 chain links ensure that the contact noise of the links is dampened. This dramatically reduces the noise profile in the energy chain radius. In combination with the small pitch, this accomplishes the low noise generated by the E6-1.
Study by the Machine Tools Laboratory and Business Operations (WZL) at RWTH Aachen on "Vibration Tests in Energy Supply Chains". Results: The "E6" energy supply system made by igus® GmbH, Cologne, is characterised by extreme low vibration and smooth operation.
Low-vibration and quiet operation is particularly important on camera applications Vibrations in the image and distracting audio noises must be prevented.
...solve a no-camber configuration with the same energy chain
...no (thermal) post-processing, available from stock
Due to simple turning of the inner links, an energy chain with pretension can be quickly turned into an NC version. NC versions are needed for special applications, e.g. in suspended applications and confined spaces.
Special products, e.g. for storage and retrieval units, are also tested here, for instance the Guidelock slimline F system that prevents the energy chains from swinging out in storage and retrieval units.
energy chains without camber are used in suspended applications, as shown at trade fairs with the Guidelok slimline F.