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Energy chains for cleanroom applications

Over 9,000 energy chain ranges are certified for cleanroom applications ISO Class-1 to -51)

For almost 20 years, igus has been among the frontrunners of energy supply systems in cleanrooms. igus supplies a wide range of IPA-tested energy chains that enable a machine-specific energy supply in cleanrooms and are easy to install. As the quality requirements demanded by customers and by test standards for cleanroom technology are constantly growing, igus is continuously working on improving its products. In order to be able to respond even faster to customer requirements, igus has built a cleanroom laboratory for the rapid development of particle-free motion plastics together with the Fraunhofer IPA Institute. The laboratory is suitable for cleanrooms up to class 1 air purity according to ISO 14644-1.

Advantages of energy chains in the cleanroom:

Class 1 according to EN ISO 14644-1
Abrasion-resistant
Modularity/modular principle
Quick replacement of the filling, openable
Available from stock
Easy maintenance
No minimum order quantity
Space-saving
36-month guarantee
Resource-saving


Energy chains for cleanroom applications
 

e-skin® flat cable guidance system

NEW! e-skin flat with stranded structure as an alternative to trackless cables

  • Suitable for cleanroom according to IPA ISO Class 1
  • Modular and compact design
  • Cables can be exchanged in minutes
  • With co-ordinated CFCLEAN stranded structure for high dependability
  • Service life over 57 million double strokes
  • Available from stock
  • No minimum order quantities
Learn more about e-skin flat
 

e-skin corrugated tube

e-skin corrugated tube

Compact and modular design

  • Installation space requirement: from 150 mm
  • Unsupported length from 1.3m
  • Cleanroom ISO class 1
  • Operating noise up to 33 db(A)

Energy chain system series T3

Energy chain system series T3

Highly flexible and low vibration

  • Inner height hi: 29mm
  • Inner width Bi: 30 - 120mm
  • Bend radii R: 38mm
  • Pitch: 15mm

Energy chain system series E3

Energy chain system series E3

Extremely low noise for extremely small installation spaces

  • Inner height hi: 10 - 22 mm
  • Inner width Bi: 20 - 60 mm
  • Bend radii R: 32 - 75 mm
  • Pitch: 16,7 mm

Energy chain system series E6.1

Energy chain system series E6.1

Extremely quiet with very little vibration

  • Inner height hi: 29 - 80 mm
  • Inner width Bi: 30 - 140 mm
  • Bend radii R: 55 - 150 mm
  • Pitch: 22 mm

E6 energy chain system

E6 energy chain system

Extremely low noise

  • Inner height hi: 29 - 80 mm
  • Inner width Bi: 30 - 120 mm
  • Bend radii R: 55 - 150 mm
  • Pitch: 22 mm


Unique igus cleanroom laboratory for ISO class 1 components
 

Innovative igus cleanroom technology successfully put to the test!

In semiconductor manufacturing, components such as energy chains and cables must meet the highest standards regarding their release of particles. In order to be able to develop new cleanroom-suitable motion plastics faster, the Fraunhofer IPA as development and certification partner, has now designed and implemented a customised cleanroom laboratory with an ISO Class 1 cleanroom system in Cologne on behalf of igus. In the new laboratory, customer tests and new developments can be  carried out in advance under real conditions within a very short time.

The Fraunhofer IPA Institute has tested various igus energy chain series according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1. It is therefore now possible to make accurate statements about the potential cleanroom uses of almost all the main e-chains from igus.
 

Result according to
DIN EN ISO 14644-1
e-chains® seriesReport No.Speed
[m/s]
    
ISO Class 1                                                              SKS28.068.02.1 e-skin soft + cable                      IG 1907-1125                  0,5 / 1,0 / 2,0                                           
ISO Class 1SKY28.068.02.1 e-skin hybridIG 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1SKF12.3.03.0106 e-skin flatIG 19070,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1SKF12.3.03.0101 e-skin flatIG 19070,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1SKF12.3.03.0102 e-skin flatIG 19070,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 10.SKY28.068.02.1 e-skin hybridIG 19070,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 10.SKS28.068.02.1 e-skin soft IG 19070,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 10.SK28.068.02.1 e-skinIG 19070,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1E61.29.050.075.0IG1303-6400,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1E3.15.040.075.0IG07040,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 21500.050.038.0IG1303-640-10,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 2T3.29.050.038.0IG13030,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 2E14.3.038.0IG03080,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 32500.05.055.0IG03080,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 3E6.29.060.150.0IG07040,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 5E4.32.10.063.0IG13030,5 / 1,0 / 2,0

Fraunhofer IPA tests

During operation, as few particles as possible should be released into the surrounding area. This is especially applicable to moving machine parts such as energy chains and cables. Keeping the release of particles to a minimum requires a high degree of abrasion resistance, which is also an indicator of a long service life. This is a development goal for all igus® products. igus® tests each of its products in elaborate and meticulous test procedures in its own laboratory. Only what meets the standards of our laboratory is then selected for the Fraunhofer IPA tests.
The evidence is supplied by the Fraunhofer IPA Institute, which awards many igus® products the best possible classification, namely ISO Class 1 


igus cleanroom products compared to trackless cables
 

⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ Most suitable | ⬤ Rather less so | ✔ Yes | X No
 Flat cable guide
e-skin flat
Corrugated tube
e-skin
Energy chain
E6.CLEAN
Energy chain
E6/E6.1
Common
ribbon cable
 e-skin flate-skin corrugated tubeE6.clean seriesE6 seriesRibbon cables
Class 1 according to EN ISO 14644-1
Modularity/modular principle ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⭘
Components individually interchangeableX
Quick replacement of the filling, openable⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤X
Fast delivery⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⭘
Easy maintenance⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⭘⭘
Available from stockX
Individual shorteningX
Can be widened individuallyXX
High productivity rate⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘
No minimum order quantityX
Cost-effective⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘
Unsupported suitability⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⭘
For high dynamics⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘
Space-saving⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘
Fill weight⬤⬤⭘⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⭘
36-month guaranteeX
Saves resourcesX
Everything from one source (chain, cable, connector)
Products also available individuallyX
Low noise and low vibration⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⭘⭘⬤⬤⬤⬤⭘
Online calculation of service lifeXXX
Online interior separation configuratorXIn preparationX
Suitable for the industryElectrical manufacturing
3C industries
Bonding
Dispenser
Semiconductor industry
FPD production
Medical technology
Microelectronics
AOI
Electrical manufacturing
3C industries
Dispenser
Glass cutting
Semiconductor industry
FPD production
Microelectronics
AOI
 
Electrical manufacturing
Semiconductor industry
FPD production
Printer
Measuring equipment
Camera technology
Microelectronics
Panel robots
Electrical manufacturing
Semiconductor industry
FPD production
Microelectronics
Panel robots
Packaging
Plotter
Medicine technology
 
Electrical manufacturing
3C industries
Microelectronics
Semiconductor industry
FPD production
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Test laboratory for energy chains

Largest test laboratory in the industry with a total area of 3,800m².  3 billion test cycles for energy chains alone.

Certifications and seals of approval

Certifications and seals of approval

Our products are tested and certified for quality. igus quality is confirmed.

Cleanroom

Our cleanroom solutions

Our cleanroom products are tested with the best possible cleanroom classification (ISO Class 1).


1) Individual series of diverse igus® e-chains® from e-skin, E6, E6.1, T3, E3, E2/000, E4.1 and easy chain® families have been given ISO Class 1 to ISO Class 5 certification by the Fraunhofer IPA institute in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14644-1 (Report IG1303-640-1, IG0704-400, IG308-295 and IG 1907-1125). This corresponds to over 9,000 articles from the e-chain® product range of the same type of construction/based on the same principle.
2) Individual sizes from the drylin® "T", "N" and "W" product range have been given ISO Class 3 to ISO Class 6 certification by the Fraunhofer IPA Institute in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14644-1 (Report IG308-295).
This corresponds to 197 articles from the drylin® product range of the same type of construction/based on the same principle.