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Solutions for steel production

From smelting works through coke ovens, steel mills, foundries and rolling mills up to material storage - igus® offers the ideal energy supply solutions for all requirements of a modern integrated steel plant.
Extreme conditions in terms of heat and dust, high demands on precision, long travel and sometimes highly dynamic movements, require individual solutions for every application.

We have the solution for almost every requirement and completely avoid steel and other metals in our materials. Even in many heavy-duty applications, steel systems were successfully replaced by energy supply systems made of high-performance plastics due to their extraordinary suitability.
The requirements are high and we meet them:

Resistant to corrosion

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

Current News for steel production

Quiet, fast, low wear, durable …

Reduce drive power for moving energy chains - with the E4.1 standard kit – E4.1 Rol e-chain®

guidelite Plus

Made from 100% plastic, therefore light and low cost. Media and chemical resistant plus corrosion free. Very quick and easy to assemble.

AX e-chains® overview

The e-chain® for fine dust applications


The EMA system is an electronic diagnostic tool

divisible separators

To fill the e-chains® more easily and more effectively,

UL-verified 36 month guarantee

UL-verified 36 month guarantee

... 400 x new.

Now choose from 7 quality levels and over 3200 drive cables with guaranteed service life


E4-1 cable carrier

The E4-1 system combines all the benefits of its three predecessors in the E4 range.


Two-piece - The E2 standard

E4/4 - overview

System E4/4 cable carriers are ideal for long travels and side-mounted applications.

Overview rol e-chain®

Rolling instead of gliding: e-chain® for very long travels

Chip-repellent up to 1,562° F

Energy tubes that repel hot chips up to 1,562°F

Guidelok vertical, space saving

guidelok slimline "P": Secure vertical guiding of e-chains® for fast storage and retrieval systems.

Guide troughs

Guide troughs are used in long travels according to chain type from 5–12 m. They support the smooth low-friction operation of the igus® e-chain® and E-Tubes.

iglide® Materials Overview

iglide® Materials Overview

Application examples

Steel production

High speed transportation of hot steel.

Steel mills

energy chains withstand extraordinary temperatures in this steel mill.

Furnace for the steel industry

This newly developed gas-fired furnace only requires onethirdof the usual time to heat up rollers in the steel industry

Coke oven

This system feeds coal to the compressor of a coke oven.

Crane in metal processing

With this indoor crane application, igus® e-chains® can really show off their strengths.

Crane in casting house

These three cranes are used to transport containers with liquid metal in a casting house.

Discharging station for crude metal/metal scrap

Almost maintenance-free solution in a discharge station for crude metal/metal scrap, thanks to the energy supply system with plastic products from igus®.

Indoor and outdoor cranes

These indoor cranes work in very high temperatures, while the outdoor cranes withstand severe coastal weather.

Storage and Retrieval Units for High-Bay Warehouses

igus® energy chains are used in the storage and retrieval units of the company viastore systems in Stuttgart due to their operational reliability, even more noise reduction and lower material costs.

Storage and retrieval machine

Due to the relatively high dynamic values, a guidelok slimline F was used for the safe guiding of the energy chain in this storage and retrieval machine with a lifting height of 19.7 feet.

Maanshan steel and ironworks: High temperatures, large loads, a lot of dust and high speed.

rails to be milled

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.

Shagang, steel and ironworks in China. High temperatures, high speeds, heavy dust.

Meishan steel and iron works, Nanjing in China. Crane, heavy dust, high tempo.

Find other examples of application

Are you looking for practically tested application examples in a certain industry?
Here you can browse through already implemented customer applications and filter them according to your specifications.