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Guide Troughs for Cranes

Safe guide of energy chains on long travels

igus® Guide Troughs

Guide troughs are used for long travels, (travels from 5 to 10 m) and greater, depending on the chain type. They allow igus® energy chains and Energy Tubes to continue smooth, low-friction operation in these long-travel situations. If the energy chains/Tubes are installed in the center of the travel ("center-mounted"), they glide on themselves for half the travel. For the other half, we recommend glide bars, which are assembled in the trough and on which the energy chains/Tubes glide. igus® guide troughs are available from stock with these highly abrasion-resistant polymer glide bars, which perform well with igus® energy chains and Tubes regarding noise, abrasion and friction.

cable guide trough 1 Trough without glide bars - Chain glides on chain




Type of Trough


igus® provides guide troughs made of

Aluminium (sea water resistant according to DIN)

Stainless steel (1.4301 or 1.4571)

Zinc plated steel

cable guide trough 2 Trough with glide bars - Chain glides on glide bars




Troughs assembling


If the igus® installation sets are used, the guide troughs are particularly easy to assemble. All the troughs are constructed according to the same basic principle. All sizes use a common C-profile on which the guide parts are assembled. The assembly brackets used vary in height only.

cable guide trough 3 Center mounted - 1/2 Travel with glide bars - 1/2 Travel without glide bars




Delivery Condition


The troughs are delivered in 2 meter lengths. Special lengths up to 6 m are possible. The left and right side parts are installed on location with the appropriate distance – depending on the width of the chain. The necessary width is shown by the dimension on the guide trough page of the respective chain chapter. The chain sides can be linked with the base through screwing, welding or a special igus® installation set.

energy chain® guide trough assembly Installation set for joint and attachment surface connections secure connection without misalignment and without welding
energy chain® guide troughs Guide trough with and without glide bars


guide trough delivery Delivery of igus® Guide Troughs from stock, section lengths up to 6 m
cable guide trough side-view Side view of trough joint. All the dimensions, apart from the height, apply to all sizes.