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2020 news and innovations for e-chain® cable carriers

igus was one of the founders of modern energy supply systems in the 70s.  The smallest, millimeter wide energy chains from igus in medical equipment, in 3D printers or robots, large travel distances of up to 1,000 meters in steelworks, in port facilities, in sewage treatment plants or even energy supply systems in plants where it was unthinkable to use plastics just a few years ago - everything easy to calculate, order, assemble and install - either by yourself or by the igus consulting and installation service. Fast deliveries from 24 hours and with a unique guarantee of 36 months for the calculated service life by the online service life calculator for energy chains.
Our task is to constantly develop new innovations in e-chains and cables. In this way, we enable you to save costs and further increase the quality of machines and systems at the same time, in other words "Tech up. Cost down".
We at igus also accept the responsibility to contribute to the reduction of plastic waste and improvement of recycling: When energy chains reach their end of service life, we have them processed in our new recycling program.  Learn more  about our investment in the chemical recycling of Mura Technology Limited.
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News 2020

36 month guarantee for our e-chain® cable carriers

For all energy chains with online service life calculation

Guarantee for energy chains
Tech up: 36-month guarantee on all e-chains® components that have failed due to wear and tear. Determine the exact runtime of the energy chain according to your application parameters.
Cost down: Always choose the most cost-effective e-chain® that works with reliability and receive free spare parts for e-chains® that have failed due to wear.

E4 series e-chains

The next generation of energy chains for machine tools and the like.

E4 series e-chains
Tech up: Save 40% installation time compared to the E4.1 series. 10% less weight: material recesses reduce weight in line with high stability
Cost down: Save installation time and costs through opening and closing without tools. Reduce process costs with further igus® online tools.

E2.1 series e-chains

The standard for general mechanical engineering

E2.1 series e-chains with chain opener
Tech up: 20 to 30% larger sliding surfaces than the previous series. The new standard for applications in the medium-load range.
Cost down: Improved weight and dimensional ratio than comparable previous series as well as significantly shorter installation times. Reduce process costs with the igus® online tools.

autoglide 5

The alternative to busbar systems

autoglide 5
Tech up: Power and data transmission in tight, compact spaces and for fast lane movements. Guide energy, data, air and liquids in ONE system.
Cost down: 88% shorter assembly time compared to aluminium troughs From Euro 49/metre ready for installation incl. e-chain® of the 2400.07AG.075.0 series, steel cable guide, bus cable harnessed and 5 single cores of 6mm² each.

guidelite ECO vertical guide trough

Vertical guide trough for highly dynamic mini-loads and lifters

guidelite ECO vertical guide trough
Tech up: Quick to install, vertical plastic trough. In combination with an energy chain as a replacement for busbar systems in order to be able to guide light signals, liquids and air safely in one system.
Cost down: Very easy and extremely quick installation. guidelite ECO is available ready-to-install from €38/m (*including trough, e-chain® E2., filling 5 x single cores 6mm² plus bus or FOC cable).

e-skin mini SKS20

Small, openable cleanroom corrugated tube

e-skin mini SKS20
Tech up: A corrugated tube consisting of an upper and lower shell which, when plugged together, is completely closed, very easy to fill and openable using the zipper opening system.
Cost down: Simple maintenance and inspection of the cables inside. Extend cable service life through defined minimum bend radius.

e-skin Hybrid SKY

Openable cleanroom corrugated tube with unsupported length

e-skin Hybrid SKY
Tech up: Combines the advantages of the proven series 
e-skin SK for higher unsupported lengths and the e-skin SKS with elastic material for lower clearance height.
Cost down: Uncomplicated maintenance and inspection of the cables, and cable-friendly due to defined minimum bend radius.

e-skin flat single pods

Freely fillable, particle-free cable guidance

e-skin flat single pods
Tech up: Freely fillable cable guidance system with particularly compact structure. Modular design with profiles that can be connected together and shortened as required.
Cost down: Individual cables can be replaced very quickly without changing the entire energy supply system. Flexible standard construction kit for many cleanroom applications.

e-skin® flat with e-chain®

Implement unsupported travels with particle-free cable guidance

e-skin® flat with e-chain®
Tech up: Implement unsupported travels with the particle-free cleanroom energy supply e-skin flat. Easily replaceable by connecting the individual  e-skin flat single pods and any other e-skin flat.
Cost down: Individual cables can be replaced quickly without
changing the entire energy supply system. Flexible standard modular system for many cleanroom applications.

Modular e-loop energy chain system

Replaces service loops in drilling rigs, offshore, construction machines, wind turbines and shore power applications

Modular e-loop energy chain system
Tech up: Modular system that is easy to open. All components are individually replaceable and offer protection against impacts
Cost down: Turnkey solution possible. Including plug-in connectors, electrical testing and terminal box. Also optionally available with isense as integration for predictable maintenance.

Panel feed e-spool flex 2.0

Cable reel without slip ring

Modular e-loop energy chain system

Tech up: Slip-ring-free guide for power, data, liquids or air. Can be equipped with any type
of cable.
Cost down: No slip ring and cost-effective in case of repair, as individual components can be replaced.

CRM rotary module

Rotation angle up to 6480°

CRM rotary module

Tech up: The rotary module can be equipped with any cable type.

Cost down: Adaptable to technological developments, by simply replacing the cable used.  

RBR rotating energy supply 200P

Complete system with plastic guide trough, 360° rotation angle

RBR 200P

Tech up: No sliding contacts, all media in a single system. Weight saving -85% vs. Steel guide trough

Cost down: 70 % more cost-effective than a comparable steel guide trough. No minimum purchases – low system price, no minimum order quantity.

Hybrid energy chain YE

Easily installable hybrid chain series for elevating platforms and construction machinery

Hybrid energy chain YE

Tech up: 50 percent lighter than conventional steel chains and 50 percent more unsupported length than plastic energy chains.
Cost down: 50 percent lighter than conventional steel chains. Higher fill weights are possible due to the weight reduction.

Strain relief CFX

Securely and quickly installed - chainfix clamps

Strain relief CFX
Tech up: Durability for dynamic applications, reduced installation height compared to conventional clamps.
Cost down: Space and time-saving assembly.

High-speed glide bar

5 times more durable than conventional glide bars

High-speed glide bar
Tech up: Easy handling due to short individual parts in 500mm pieces.  Also 5 times higher abrasion resistance thanks to tribologically optimised material
Cost down: More durable glide bars at the same price as the previous model. Significantly lower maintenance.

Retraction system TR.RSEC

Tech up: System weight of only 2.2kg with up to 290mm retraction distance. Prevents the formation of loops on the axes 4-6.
Cost down: High running performance. Reduction of downtime & maintenance-free.

Retraction system TR.RSEL

Linear retraction system
Tech up: Up to 380mm retraction length. Easy to retrofit
Cost down: High running performance. Less downtime, maintenance-free.

Fibre-rod system

Cobot fibre-rod system
Tech up: Elongated holes allow infinite adjustment of the fibre-rod module. Low wear by keeping the e-chain above the axis 4-6.
Cost down: Reduction of downtimes, maintenance-free. In only 8 clicks you get a complete solution with the online configurator.

Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Dan Thompson

Product Manager


Customer Service:

Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm



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