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e-spool®

The alternative to a cable reel - reduce cable wear and reliably guide different media

Routing many different cables in a small space. e-spool® uniquely combines two different energy supply systems: one standard e-chain® is guided by a roller and always provides the correct length and tension of the energy supply system through an integrated spring. In the starting position, the e-chain® is rolled up completely to save space. The twisterband connects the roller with the shaft end block, which serves as an interface to the supply side cables.

No tensile stress on the cables

Different media and diameters in one drum

Energy supply possible in all directions (horizontal, vertical, diagonal … everything works with one chain)

Space-saving, no "chain festoons"

No lower run or guide troughs, paths remain free

Cable diameters up to 17 mm

e-spool

Typical industries and applications

Telescopic/retractable applications

Lighting systems/stage technology (the standard e-spool is not in accordance with the stage technology guidelines DIN EN 17206. If you have questions, please contact your local Sales Engineer.)

Space-saving alternative to zig-zag solutions

Please contact us if you have one of the following application parameters:
  • Outdoor applications
  • e-spool® applications that are operated overhead in the public area (spectator stands, stages etc.)
In case of the applications mentioned above, the e-spool system® might have to be secured in a specific way.
Please contact your local Sales Engineer.

 

 
When to use the e-spool® series:
  • When many different cables should be routed in very confined spaces
  • When different media (power, data and fluids) can be routed together in one system

When not to use the standard e-spool:
  • With cables with large bend radii
  • With very high loads that have to be guided vertically
  • With overhead applications in a public area


More flexibility:

Unlike sliding contacts, data cables compressed air and fluids can also be permanently connected and can even be replaced or modified at any time.

General filling rules for the e-spool®

due to the particular mechanical stresses in an e-spool®, we recommend using igus® chainflex® cables. We also recommend that you observe the following filling rules:

Please put cables only side by side in the linear chain. Never put several cables on top of each other!!

Where possible, cables with a TPE outer jacket should be used for unshielded cables

Shielded cables should be from the CFROBOT range.

Where possible, use separators to protect cables against cross-over and abrasion against other cables.
To save space, install the separators alternately in segments positioned one behind the other.

Insert cables sorted according to diameter and/or bend radius.
Insert thin, small ones in the inside then increasingly larger ones outward

Apply strain relief on both ends of the cable. The cable tie wrap plate must not be installed in the e-chain® direction

Always install cables in the twisterband close to the axis of rotation with space on the outside.

Always install cables in the twisterband with a slight gap from the axis of rotation


Notes for installation
For applications that move horizontally, a smooth surface is needed for the
e-chain® to travel over.