The YE hybrid energy chain is the best mix of lightweight plastic and sturdy steel that handles high cantilevered paths with ease. The YE system was developed from the requirements of construction machinery and lifting platforms. The requirement was to achieve the highest possible cantilevered length with compact dimensions and the lowest possible weight. However, pure steel energy chains have the disadvantages of a high assembly effort and weight. The YE system combines the higher strength of steel elements with the low weight and flexibility of plastic components. In addition, no screws, rivets or bolts are used, which can come loose under vibrations.
igus® compared the YE(HD) and E4.1 in the test laboratory. The two series were evaluated in regards to their unsupported length with straight upper run with a 5kg/m fill weight.
Result: With a fill weight of 5kg/m, the YEHD.112 series can travel up to 7.6m unsupported and the E4.112 only 4.5m. The YE.56 can travel up to 5.5m unsupported and the E4.56 only 3.4m. And the YE.42 can travel up to 4.6m unsupported and the E4.42 only 2.4m.
Whether it's a construction site, fire brigade equipment or a Hollywood movie set: lifting platforms with elevated axes and telescopic extension are used worldwide. Their designers need energy supply systems that are lightweight, robust, resistant and easy to maintain. This prompted the manufacturers to invest in research and development for decades. Read this white paper to learn about the benefits of the YE hybrid chain for aerial work platforms and other machinery and applications.
Frequently observed problems with pure steel energy supply systems:
Save weight and money:
Plastic outer side links provide weight reduction and quick assembly.
Steel inner side links provide increased strength and longer unsupported spans.
Ideal strength to weight ratio carrying heavy loads over a long span with compact dimensions and the lowest possible weight.
Multiple widths available from 50mm - 400mm inner width. Crossbars can be removed along the inner and outer radius.
Standard interior separation available from the proven igus E4 modular system.
Steel mounting brackets with attachment points from top, bottom, or front.
1. At 0° inclination: 2 meters with 10 kg/m additional load
2. At 60° inclination: 6 meters with 4 kg/m additional load
3. At 75° inclination: 7 meters with 4 kg/m additional load
The smart break detection i.Sense EC. B now also available for the YE(HD) series. This protects your application from unexpected downtimes.
Convince yourself of the quality of our products. The sample box contains a selection of igus solutions for applications in telescopic pull-outs and inclined axes.