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igus® inc.

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East Providence, RI

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Festoon Systems vs. e-chain® cable carriers

On festoon systems, cables hang free and loose, exposed to the wind and weather. Unprotected, they can swing freely and become tangled, leading to costly maintenance efforts. Festoons typically require regular maintenance operations to lubricate the cable trolleys, and long travels can require motor and control systems. igus® offers a secure and modular alternative that allows you to save cables and avoid downtime.

All the benefits of igus® e-chains® at a glance:

Essentially maintenance free operation

Decreased mechanical stress on cables

No additional motors or controls required for long travels

Roller chains allow for a significant reduction in required drive force

Approx. 50% less cable length required

Cables are guided with a defined bending radius at all times

Guide trough secures system from wind effects

Multiple different types of media in the same system – easily add or replace cables

Trolley speeds of up to 32.8ft/s and travel distances of up to 2,600 ft

We have compared e-chain systems® and festoon systems with a 328ft installation:


Festoon Systems
igus® e-chain® systems

Maintenance:


Festoon: Festoon systems require wheel greasing, maintaining shock cords and bearings and other parts marked for wear.


igus® e-chain system®: Rol e-chain® is virtually maintenance free. Only a visual inspection is needed. No parts are marked for wear.

Shorter cable lengths w/ space-saving design:

Festooning  
Festoon:

Approx. 377ft cable for 328 ft travel distance

Approx. 9.8ft length for the "cable loops"

Energy chain system  
igus® e-chain system®:

50% less cable (170ft cable with center feed!)

Approx. 2.6ft system height

Less steel construction required

Securely Guide Cable with e-chain® cable carriers:

Festoon System  
Festoon:

Cables hang uncontrollably and can get caught in the crane structure (e.g. due to wind).

Festoon Replacement  
igus® e-chain system®:

Cables are securely guided in the e-chain® and cannot get caught at any point.

Secure strain relief with igus® clamps:

Festoon System  
Festoon:

Cables are clamped in bunches at each trolley, making replacement or addition of cables a time consuming process.


igus® e-chain system®: Cables are securely clamped at each end of the energy chain®, and can be easily released individually for exchange or replacement.



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