Due to the offset between upper run and lower run, the polymer rollers are not rolled over, but roll past each other to allow very smooth running. As a result, the coefficient of friction decreases and the drive power is reduced by 57 per cent.
Equipped with maintenance-free plain bearings in each chain link, the service life of the energy chain is more than doubled.
As an option, the new P4.1 can be fitted with smart monitoring sensors. Therefore, at a defined wear limit, a signal is issued to the igus i. cee communication module and with it maintenance can be planned in advance.
Engineered plastic energy chains have been reliably used on thousands of port and terminal cranes for over 30 years. Trusted by major crane manufacturers, e-chain® systems are quickly becoming the go-to technology for port applications. The igus® cable carriers withstand the harshest conditions while operating without fail.
Energy chains are incredibly reliable solutions for indoor cranes. They can be used on single or double girder cranes, roller or box girder cranes, overhead traveling technology, and more. The designs are space-saving and provide a synchronous run of the trolley and e-chain® system. Maintenance and downtime is also reduced to an absolute minimum.
Modern energy chain technology is enhancing a variety of automated storage and retrieval systems. Beneficial features of the e-chain® for these applications include quick and easy assembly, light weight, and reliability at high speeds and accelerations. The e-chains® are also low cost and very quiet running.
Energy chains are the most durable solution for guiding and protecting cables and hoses in heavy machinery. Steel mills, oil platforms and other application areas operate reliably when integrated with e-chains®, as the material is corrosion-free withstands temperatures up to +1,562˚F. Long travel distances and angles of rotation up to 900˚ can be achieved.
High-performance plastic energy chains are ideal for shelving systems in material handling. For each type of shelving system, igus® creates customized e-chains to fit the specific application. Other machines for material handling such as industrial trucks and lift tables can also benefit from maintenance-free e-chains®.