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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

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...for inspiring energy supply solutions......e-chain systems® with cables......induction and wireless...

Modern plastic energy chains are the umbilical cord of the automation, machine and plant engineering industries. These energy chains ensure the safe supply of energy, data, pulses and operating media and are always in motion. energy chains are suitable for multipurpose use in the crane and machine tool industries and in the robotics and clean room industries.

Handling system ”roboLoop“

The ”roboLoop“ system itself offers manyways to optimise the fabrication sequences.

High speed camera positioning

The rail & Tracking systems are used wherever fast camera movements are an important factor as, for example, at sport competitions, but also at many popular events such as concerts, stage shows, etc.

OpenHydro tidal turbine

A plastic chain makes any kind of maintenance on the open sea obsolete; a conventional metal chain would not be adequate for the combination of technical, climatic and mechanical requirements.

Data gloves

Theproblem with previous data glove solutionswas that the sensors in the gloveswere subject to extreme loads and thatmovement signals were also producedunintentionally during sideways movements.

Reflector telescope

This telescope has been installed on theCanary Island of La Palma and registersthe gamma rays that strike the earth fromouter space.

Media elevator

A solution for media elevators previously unavailable in the market has now beenrealised with igus® e-chain systems®.

Fast-running gate for refrigerator rooms

The door systems in this application guaranteethat the temperatures prescribed for the productand storage of perishable products, such asfood, are strictly observed.

Mobile welding carrier

The destination point for the energy and control is variable and can lie at a height of ten meters.

Sewage treatment plant

The used igus® products prove themselves till today and drastically reduce the maintenance input.

Elevator in the Post Tower

The previous travelling cables below the elevator cars were exposed to a steady air draft through an enforced ventilation for the smoke detector system and an undesirable sideward movement developed.

Gear-grinding machine

This application showed that a vertical stroke of more than one metre and a swivellingrange of 270° can be implemented in the limited installation space of the grinding headin a gear-grinding machine.

Injection moulding tool

Thee-chain® was installed on an injection moulding tool so thatno additional space is necessary in horizontal direction forthe unreeling movement.

Cable guide on the industrial robot

With this industrial robot, a fixed pipe between the 3rd and 6th axis was replaced with a three-dimensional triflex® R energy chain.

Tunnel boring machine

This machine moves deeply through the earthand is used to drill tunnels using the excavationby mining technique.

Underwater boring machine

Series CF27.D servo cables in underwater applications.

Friction welding machine

For this application, aircraft engine parts arewelded together.

Laser measuring telescope

The rotary motion in both directions by up to 310° is also possible at high speeds of up to 20 meters per second.

Elevatordoors ”Optilight“

Since most elevator malfunctions are the result of defective doors, an extremely reliable, space-saving solution became necessary here.

”Virtu“ large-format printer

The ”Virtu“ large-format printer can be used to print almost anything: sheetmetal, foils, textiles, wood, glass, and, of course, also paper in widths up3.5 metres.

Cable guide on the robot

In the case of these robots, the hosepackage had to be replaced very fewweeks.

Sailboat engine ”Combiprop“

This newly developed stern thruster helps sailboats during difficult manoeuvres such as, for example, passages through locks;but because of its high performance, it can also be used as a main drive unit.

Marking unit for steel plates

The marking system moves like a robot with several axles. In the process, the energy supply system should remain accessible and should be laid as compact as possible in the machine to prevent collisions with other machines.

Medical simulator

Medical students and physicians can practise diverse vascular surgicalinterventions on this device.

Dummy robot

A very high acceleration provided an enormouschallenge for the design engineers of this robot.

Furnace for the steel industry

This newly developed gas-fired furnace only requires onethirdof the usual time to heat up rollers in the steel industry

Palletising system

This energy chain in the palletising system of a dairy is subject toextreme load with more than 5,000 strokes a day.

Assembly crane

This crane in a truck assembly plant is used to unload andtransport the individual vehicle chassis at the beginning of the assembly process.

Mobile operating table

To control andsupply the lying surface area, data and electrical cables, including hydraulic hoses, are run along the column.

Saw mill

Even sawdust does not constitute any problem for igus® e-chains®.

Inclined hoist

Almost daily failures of this inclined hoist in the URBIS art centre in the Manchester citycentre have become a thing of the past with the deployment of the igus® e-chain®.

Adjustable speaker’s desk

This height-adjustable design speaker’sdesk is very flexible in its features.

Cutting tool

The igus® e-chain® E6 demonstrates its strengths inthe case of this cutting tool.

Spray-painting robot

In this application in a painting robot, the ATEX properties of the energy supply system are of primary importance.

Workpiece storage location

This workpiece storage location is designedfor automated shift operation. At the same time, the energy supply mustbe provided in all four axes of motion(three linear axes and one rotational axis).

Machine tools

The modules are made of a cable-preserving plastic with high frictional resistance.

Robot for printed circuit boardhandling

For the handling of printed circuit boards, a six-axis robot is used in the case of this application instead of the usual linear systems.

Machine tool for workpieces

To save installation space and toreduce forces and torques, an e-chain® was wound around a gripper.

SCARA robot

The special feature of thisapplication is the hot chips produced during the machining process, which do not stick tothe igus® e-chain® and therefore extremely reduce the maintenance expenditure as a result.

Piling and drilling rigs

The driven boring machine produces extremevibrations and heavy soiling duringthe work process.

Game of minigolf

The igus® e-chain® B17 was just completely alienated from its intended purpose for this clever application.

Pallet changer

In the case of this application, the worksafety was increased by integrating theenergy supply system into the body of thepallet changer.

Temporary display

Visible for approx. only one minute are these pictures, which are ”printed“ with UV lighton a light-sensitive screen.

Stronger in the circle

Until recently, you could not purchase a solution anywhere in the world for this application.

Two-girder bridge crane

With the perfectly fitting energy supplysystem for this crane system, the overalldimension for the installation was considerablyreduced.


This laser welding robot works extremely fast. Here, a very flexible and, above all, fail-safe energy supply system is required.

Door drives

Previously used cables have been replaced by flexible CF9 TPE control cables, which have a significantly longer service life.

Large Binocular Telescope

After its completion, this giant telescope in Arizona(USA) will look deep into our universe; the two mainmirrors each have diameter of 8.4 metres.

Sewage treatment plant

The existing system with a motor cable drum proved to be not resistant enough in the difficult outdoor environmental conditions, and was replaced by a flizz® system.

Multiple hoses

Previously, several individual hoses had to be fastened in the energy supplysystem to prevent them from squeezing each other.

CNC grinding machine

Incidental grinding residues and the used oil cannot influence the energy supply systems.

Wafer handling

One igus® e-chain® of the E6 family accelerates the work sequences in the case of this application for wafer handling in the chip production industry.

Measuring system for extruder

Measuring and regulating system in the area of blown film extrusion

Portal milling machine

The previously used energy supply system as a rule wore out after nine months; the cables were destroyed by hot chips, which led to production failures.

Cable guide on the robot

Prior to the use of the e-chain®, the cables were fastened with cable ties. That frequently led to entangled cables and the corkscrew effect, which lets the cables become susceptible to core ruptures.

Dismantling tool

Flexible chainflex® CF9 control cables and various hoses in zig-zag application.

Wood processing

These applications are dependent on a compact energy supply system, for which the accumulating wood chips do not matter.

Weigh station

As large heavy quantities are to be weighed, the existing energy supply system had to contend with high wear.

Cameras in the greenhouse

Monitoring of the growth of plants in a conservatory.

Spray-painting robot

In this paint-spraying machine, sensors aremoved over minimum space.

Firm cable for high transmission

For some applications that require high electric power, conventional copper cables aretoo heavy.

Further interesting applications from extremely diverse areas can be found here.