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Heavy Plastics - offshore applications

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®.

Examples in offshore application

Sludge processing plant

World's biggest polymer energy chain: Being many times lighter than comparable steel chains it easily moves over 100 kg of filling per meter.

Sludge processing plant    

Self-stabilizing platform "Ampelmann“

This platform, which has been given the name “Ampelmann”, is used on the open sea.

Self-stabilizing platform "Ampelmann“    

Cable Carrier System for ship-unloading crane

Heavy duty Series 5050HD plastic cable carriers supply the crane drive on this ship unloader.

Cable Carrier System for ship-unloading crane    

Container Crane: Malaysia

Close to 1,500 ft (441 m) travel and loads up to 2.5 tons on a container crane in Malaysia.

Container Crane: Malaysia    

Underwater boring machine

This drill is used in extremely demanding offshore environments and uses continuous-flex cables from igus®

Underwater boring machine    

Offshore industry

System E4/00 plastic cable carriers must withstand heavy loads and extreme weather in this offshore application.

Offshore industry    

Offshore industry

System E4/4 energy chain used in an offshore pipehandling system.

Offshore industry    

OpenHydro tidal turbine

This OpenHydro tidal turbine generates electrical power through the inflow and outflow of water.

OpenHydro tidal turbine    


iglide® G300 plastic bushings, drylin® N linear slides and igubal® rod ends are used in this inspection device for an offshore drilling riser.


Roller chains

iglide® plastic bushings in rust-proof roller chains on the high seas.

Roller chains    

Lock gate in Wilhelmshaven (Germany)

Here, the second largest lock in the world has been fitted with a new water gate.

Lock gate in Wilhelmshaven (Germany)    

Drill rig

The drill rig is designed to take core samples from the seabed at 9,843 ft water depth. It is a scientific instrument...

Drill rig    

Subsea ROVs

A tether management system (TMS) has various pivot, linear and rotary motion points. It works like a subsea parking point...

Subsea ROVs    
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 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 ft are 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.