Horizontal Guidelok-System

Guidelok: upper run guide for long, self-supporting travels in chip areas


Metal chips can cause abrasion and wear in long travel, gliding cable carrier applications. To combat this, igus® has developed a horizontal guiding system called “Guidelok”, which is designed to keep the upper and lower cable carrier runs apart. The new solution is ideal for applications in the machine tool industry up to 164 feet.

Travels, unsupported up to 164 ft possible



Open guide trough design means chips do not get stuck between upper and lower runs, but fall through


Modular system with few parts


Enormous increase in the length of self-supporting travel possible


Lower push-/pull forces (smaller energy chains® that are self supporting and use rollers result in greater energy efficiency)


Lower cost than most steel chains


Design principle

Horizontal Guidelok guides the energy chain® on special spring loaded roller supports (1), that are pushed back by the energy chain®´s radius, clearing its path.

The energy chain® is guided in the trough channel, pushing back the spring loaded roller support with its radius...


...which snaps back out again after the energy chain® radius has passed...


...the upper run then gets to lay on the roller support


Program, extract

  For series Inner width
Bi [mm]
Bending radius
R [mm]
Part No. horizontal
trough with Guidelok
  E4.56 / R4.56 50 - 600 150,175,200,250,300 907.645.Bi.R.LLLL/FFFF  Inquiry
  E4.80 / R4.80 50 - 600 150,175,200,250,300 907.645.Bi.R.LLLL/FFFF  Inquiry
  600 / R608 200 - 600 150,175,200,250,300 907.645.Bi.R.LLLL/FFFF  Inquiry
  E4.56 / R4.56 50 - 600 350,400,450,500 907.837.Bi.R.LLLL/FFFF  Inquiry
  E4.80 / R4.80 50 - 600 350,400,450,500 907.837.Bi.R.LLLL/FFFF  Inquiry
  600 / R608 200 - 600 350,400,450,500 907.837.Bi.R.LLLL/FFFF  Inquiry
  LLLL=total length
FFFF=field length (standard 2000 mm)
For many more types (widths/radii) possible, due to the modular design


available from May 2009

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