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Energy supply systems and cables for cleanroom applications

Customised cleanroom laboratory. Cleanroom tests according to ISO 14644-14

For almost 20 years, igus has been among the frontrunners of energy supply systems in cleanrooms. igus supplies a wide range of IPA-tested e-chains that enable 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.

Energy chains for cleanroom applications

More than 9,000 energy chain series for cleanroom applications, with ISO Class 1 to 5 certification1)

e-skin and e-skin flat

e-skin and e-skin flat

Recommendation: openable modular corrugated tube and flat cable guidance system

  • Space requirement: from 80mm
  • Unsupported length up to 1.3m
  • Cleanroom ISO class 1

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

Cleanroom laboratory

The new igus cleanroom laboratory was built by Fraunhofer IPA for the rapid development of particle-free motion plastics.

Modular laminar flow boxes

The tests of the e-skin energy supply systems, take place in modular laminar flow boxes according to ISO 14644-14 conditions.  

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.

All test results

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 1SKS28.068.02.1 e-skin soft + cableIG 1907-11250,5 / 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 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1SKF12.3.03.0101 e-skin flatIG 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1SKF12.3.03.0102 e-skin flatIG 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 10.SKY28.068.02.1 e-skin hybridIG 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 10.SKS28.068.02.1 e-skin soft IG 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 10.SK28.068.02.1 e-skinIG 1907-11250,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1E61.29.050.075.0IG1303-6400,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 1E3.15.040.075.0IG0704-4000,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
 

More test results

 

Result according to
DIN EN ISO 14644-1
e-chains® seriesReport No.Speed
[m/s]
    
ISO Class 21500.050.038.0IG1303-640-10,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 2T3.29.050.038.0IG1303-640-10,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 2E14.3.038.0IG0308-2950,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 32500.05.055.0IG0308-2950,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 3E6.29.060.150.0IG0704-4000,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
ISO Class 5E4.32.10.063.0IG1303-640-10,5 / 1,0 / 2,0
    
    
    
    
 

Cables for cleanroom applications

1,084 of all chainflex catalogue cables with IPA-certification to ISO Class 1 or Class 21) (chainflex cables with tested outer jacket material available from stock)
918 types with cleanroom classification IPA Class 1
166 types with cleanroom classification IPA Class 2

Control cable CFSOFT

Control cable CFSOFT

  • For heavy duty applications
  • PVC outer jacket
  • Flame-retardant
  • UV-resistant
  • Minimum bend radius: 6.8-8.5 x cable diameter

CFBUS.LB bus cable

CFBUS.LB bus cable

  • For heavy duty applications
  • TPE outer jacket
  • Halogen-free
  • Oil- and UV-resistant

Control cable CF130.UL

Control cable CF130.UL

  • For medium duty applications
  • PVC outer jacket
  • Flame-retardant
  • Minimum bend radius: 7.5-10 x cable diameter

Control cable CF9.UL

Control cable CF9.UL

  • For heaviest duty applications
  • TPE outer jacket
  • Oil-resistant
  • PVC- and halogen-free
  • Flexible at low temperatures
  • Minimum bend radius: 5 x cable diameter

Data cable CF240

Data cable CF240

  • For medium duty applications
  • PVC outer jacket
  • Oil-resistant
  • Flame-retardant
  • Minimum bend radius: 10-12 x cable diameter

CF34.UL.D motor cable

CF34.UL.D motor cable

  • For heaviest duty applications
  • TPE outer jacket
  • Oil- and UV-resistant
  • Flame-retardant
  • Minimum bend radius: 7.5 x cable diameter

Clean Air pneumatic hose

Clean Air pneumatic hose

  • For heaviest duty applications
  • PE hose
  • Oil-resistant and coolant-resistant
  • Highly abrasion-resistant
  • Minimum bend radius: 10 x diameter

All test results

If all cables with the same outer jacket are taken into account, 80% of all chainflex cables of Class 1 or 2 in the catalogue have been certified to DIN EN ISO 14644-1.

Result according to
DIN EN ISO 14644-1
chainflex® cableReport No.Speed
[m/s]
measured in applications involving movement
ISO Class 2CFSOFTIG0704-400in series E6.29.060.100.CR, where v= 0.5/ 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CFBUS.LBIG0704-400in series E6.29.060.150.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CF130.05.12.ULIG1303-640-1in series E61.29.50.075.0.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CF130.15.07.ULIG1303-640-1in series E61.29.50.075.0.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CF240.02.24IG1303-640-1in series E61.29.50.075.0.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CF34.UL.25.04.DIG0704-400in series E6.29.060.150.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CF9.15.07IG0704-400in series E6.29.060.150.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s
ISO Class 1CF Clean AirIG0704-400in series E6.29.060.150.CR, at v= 1.0 m/s
ISO Class 2CF5.10.07IG0704-400in series E6.29.060.150.CR, where v= 0.5 / 1.0 / 2.0 m/s


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 


Customers' application examples


Tested for cleanrooms

Particle abrasion measurement

Particle abrasion measurement

As an example, the E14 and how it is tested for use in sensitive environments in cleanroom applications is shown here.
 
Test result: The E14, as well as all the energy chains indicated above, are highly wear-resistant and therefore satisfy the requirements for cleanrooms.


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.