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Always flexible,
Always long-lasting


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Plastic energy chains reduce downtime & increase service life of cables

Tech up, Cost down

e-chain systems® are referred to as the lifeline of modern machinery. These durable cable carriers ensure a safe supply of energy and data while under constant motion. They can be made with different materials, such as steel or plastic, but metal carriers may require regular maintenance, which, depending on the location and application, can be time consuming, costly and dangerous. Additionally, growing concern over the weight of machine components has sparked an increase in the use of lighter-weight plastic cable carriers.  igus® also offers a 36 month guarantee in regards to the service life of all e-chain® cable carriers.  They can do so because of the rigorous tests performed in their 41,000 square foot test laboratory at the company headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

Upgrade your current cable carriers by switching to igus®.  By switching to e-chain® cable carriers, customers can reduce costs by 26%, and installation time by 88%.  In addtion to these benefits, igus® products offer fast shipping times within 24hrsonline service-life calculators and tools for nearly all product lines, and tested reliability.

Small energy
chains

E2 micro  

Inner heights: 5 – 32mm

Medium energy
chains

E2.1, E2/000  

Inner heights: 21 – 48mm

Large energy
chains

E4.1  

Inner heights: 21 – 350mm

Multi-axis carriers
for robotics

Special energy chain solutions  

Inner diameter: 12 – 46.8mm

Protection against
dirt and chips

Protection against dirt and chips  

Inner heights: 21 – 75mm

Smooth running,
cleanroom

Smooth running, cleanroom  

Inner heights: 10 – 80mm

Long travels
and heavy duty

Long travels and heavy duty  

Inner heights: 32 – 80mm

Simple, static
applications

simple, static applications  

Inner heights: 9 – 47mm

3D movements,
non-robotics

3D movements, non-robotics  

Inner heights: 13 – 75mm

Circular, rotary or
spiral movements
up to 7000°

Energy chains for circular and spiral movements  

Inner heights: 9 – 56mm

Corrugated tube
and corrugated
tube accessories

Corrugated tube and corrugated tube accessories  

Corrugated tube: 28–40mm

Accessories

Accessories  

Troughs, strain relief elements, PMA hoses

e-chain® System Configurator

Energy Supply Assistant  

The system configurator for e-chains® allows you to build the exact model for your needs. Select chainflex® cables to be used in the e-chain®, specific dimensions, types of movement, environment, interior separation and strain relief to create the ideal system. A parts lists and option to send the final product right to your cart is also available.


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e-chain® solutions for all requirements

FDA-compliant energy chain  
FDA-compliant

Hygienic design principles –  with absolutely no friction – no material rubbing against material.

Modular energy chain  
Predictive maintenance

Specifically for robot applications.

Vertical movements  
Vertical movements

Modular and flexible design solutions are often superior to busbar systems and festoons.

ESD energy chains  
ESD

Avoidance of static charges during the manufacturing process for electronic assemblies.

Traversing energy chain  
Cable drum alternative

Move energy, data, oils, signals, air and light in all directions of the compass, maintenance-free.

Special applications  
All special solutions

Energy chains for all special applications.

Optimize your e-chain® service life

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Proper installation is essential for the life of your cable carrier, and igus® has a team of dedicated engineers ready to assist you every step of the way. Whether a site inspection, an installation, or complete modernization, our installation and inspection services will ensure the longest possible service life for your e-chain® system.


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Engineer's Toolbox Resources

 

Applications

Automatic medicine handling

20,000 movements each day and still fit

"For economic and technical reasons we have chosen to use exclusively standard products from igus®. In this way, the necessary changes can be simply made when systems are expanded, for example." - Gregor Malajka and Dirk Beils, Mach4


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Engine factory

smart plastics in use

A finished engine every 14 seconds. This only works with a great degree of automation. Our smart plastics help to make it possible to monitor the plant in Austria.


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Riveting aircraft fuselages

e-chains® in complex movements

Here, two robots were equipped with a wide range of guided cables and hoses involving complex geometric design. The dust generated here can be directly sucked away.


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Brown coal excavator – conveyor unit

e-chains® of 615 meters in length

As long as six soccer pitches: the longest e-chain® from igus® anywhere in the world has already been in use here for ten years now, without any failure.  With a PPDS early warning system for any faults that may occur.


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Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

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Dan Thompson

Product Manager

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