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readychain® systems reduce assembly time in machining centres


  • What was needed: Reliable energy supply system for machining centre
  • Requirements: High travel speed, small installation space, easy maintenance, components resistant to high temperatures, oils and abrasive powders
  • Product: readychain® harnessed energy chain
  • Application area: Machining centres, 3D metal printing
  • Success for the customer: Pre-assembled readychain systems reduce assembly time and simplify maintenance.

About the ROMI DCM 620-5X Hybrid Vertical: The machining centre was first launched in 2017 in Brazil. With this, ROMI, market leader in the Brazilian machinery and equipment industry, is pursuing the Brazilian industry's demand for solutions to increase productivity and efficiency. The plant combines machining operations and additive manufacturing (3D metallic printing) and allows the addition of various materials in complex profiles.

readychain in ROMI machining centre

The challenge

Due to the high travel speeds in combination with the limited installation space, the designers at ROMI needed an energy supply for this application that copes with these loads safely and reliably over a long period of time.
In the machining and coating area of the plant, the energy chains come into contact with oils and grinding powders and are also exposed to high temperatures. They must be able to withstand these conditions and the cables must always be guided reliably.


Two energy chains as well as suitable chainflex cables are used in the area of machining and coating of the plant. There they withstand oils and grinding powders.
In the ROMI GL240 gantry loader, pre-assembled energy supply systems, so-called readychain systems, also ensure safe cable management. This application is an automation system for loading and unloading workpieces in ROMI machining centres. By using the gantry loader, loading and unloading time can be reduced by up to 80%, which means significantly increased production.

ROMI machining centre

Due to the high travel speeds, e-chains of the E2/000 series are now used in the gantry loaders. They have a high strength and crossbars openable on both sides. This makes it easier to insert or replace the cables, which considerably simplifies and shortens installation or maintenance.
The Brazilian machine tool manufacturer ROMI uses igus® energy chains in the latest generation of its vertical machining centres, ROMI D, as well. The e-chains® from igus® are also used here for the movement of the X, Y and Z-axes. In the X and Y-axis of the systems, different energy chains of the E2 family guide cables and hoses. In addition, an E4.1L series chain is used on the Z-axis. It combines strength and easy accessibility. The rounded edges of the crossbars and separators of the chain also ensure a long service life of hoses and cables. In addition, the crossbars can be easily opened, which significantly shortens the assembly time.

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