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Hybrid YE e-chain® cable carrier made of plastic and steel

No rivets, no screws, easy cable change.


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.

Hybrid YE e-chain® advantages


    Tech up

    • Almost 50% less weight 1
    • 50% longer unsupported length 2
    • High tensile strength
    • No screws, rivets or bolts that can become loose under vibration
    • Robust: steel mounting brackets with attachment options from any side
    • Smooth operation due to plastic pin connection
    • Wide range of interior separation elements
    1 Compared to a pure steel chain of comparable size
    2 Compared to a comparable plastic e-chain®

    Cost down

    • Easy installation - plastic outer links
      with flange for easy e-chain® link assembly
    • Available as ready-to-install readychain system with cables, hoses and hydraulic components
    • Intelligent breakage detection - optional with i.Sense EC.B to avoid unplanned downtime.


    • First customer applications with high fill weights are already live
    • Tested in the igus® laboratory: comparison of YE(HD) vs. E4.1 unsupported length at 5kg/m fill weight


    • 30% less energy consumption in production compared to steel chain
    • Have your e-chain®, regardless of manufacturer, processed in the igus® "chainge recycling program"
    • igus® has been an investor in Mura Technology from the beginning and is helping advance chemical recycling. From plastic waste to crude oil in 20 minutes.

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e-chain® with crossbars every 2nd link, openable from both sides

Series YE.42

Inner height hi: 42mm
Outer height ha: 76mm
Inner widths Bi: 50 - 400mm
Outer width Ba: 68 - 418mm
Bend radii R: 100mm
Pitch: 67mm

Series YE.56

Inner height hi: 56mm
Outer height ha: 90mm
Inner widths Bi: 50 - 600mm 
Outer width Ba: 74 - 624mm
Bend radii R: 100mm
Pitch: 91mm

NEW: Series YEHD.108

Inner height hi: 108mm
Outer height ha: 146mm
Inner width Bi: 387 - 500mm
Outer width Ba: 435 - 598mm
Bend radii R: 250 - 600mm
Available from summer 2022

NEW: Series YEHD.112

Inner height hi: 112mm
Outer height ha: 146mm
Inner width Bi:  100 - 600mm
Outer width Ba: 148 - 648mm
Bend radii R: 250 - 600mm
Available from summer 2022

NEW: Series YRHD.108

Inner height hi: 108mm
Outer height ha: 146mm
Inner width Bi: 200 - 500mm
Outer width Ba: 248 - 648mm
Bending radii R: 250 - 600mm
Available from summer 2022
lifting work platform

iSet YE | Travel distances: 6 - 18 m

Save time and money with our complete e-chain® system. No long search for the right accessories. Suitable for construction machinery, lifting platform and more.

YE test Unsupported length FLG at 5kg/m fill weight

Test run: unsupported length with straight upper run with 5kg/m fill weight

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.

Free white paper: Energy supply systems for machines with inclined axes

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.
Download white paper here free of charge

Why choose hybrid e-chains vs. standard steel cable carriers?

Standard steel energy chains

Frequently observed problems with pure steel energy supply systems:
  • Heavier and more expensive than a plastic + steel e-chain®
  • Corrosion at the steel-to-steel joints impedes the smooth operation of the cable carrier
  • Deformation of the steel crossbars or side links leads to seizure or twisting of the cable carrier
  • Sharp steel edges can damage the cables and hoses
  • Screws, rivets, bolts and c-lips make assembly and service time consuming
  • Fasteners can vibrate loose

igus® YE.1 plastic-steel hybrid energy chains

Save weight and money:

  • 50% lighter than a steel cable carrier
  • Corrosion resistant plastic to metal joints prevent seizure of the e-chain® links
  • Plastic crossbars and interior separation do not permanently deform and can be replaced individually
  • Smooth plastic surfaces provide an abrasion free surface with the cables and hoses
  • Disassembly and service of the e-chain® is done with just an igus screwdriver
  • No screws, rivets, bolts, or c-clips connecting the e-chain®

Learn more about the components in YE.42

Outer links YE Plastic outer side links provide weight reduction and quick assembly.
Side links YE Steel inner side links provide increased strength and longer unsupported spans.
Weight YE Ideal strength to weight ratio carrying heavy loads over a long span with compact dimensions and the lowest possible weight.
Crossbars YE Multiple widths available from 50mm - 400mm inner width. Crossbars can be removed along the inner and outer radius.
Standard interior separation system YE Standard interior separation available from the proven igus E4 modular system.
Steel mounting brackets Steel mounting brackets with attachment points from top, bottom, or front.
YE 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
Smart YE_ECB_news 2022 The smart break detection i.Sense EC. B now also available for the YE(HD) series. This protects your application from unexpected downtimes.

Everything you need to know about telescopic work platforms and lifting platforms

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.
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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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