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igus® Ltd.

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Machine tools industry

Energy chains, cables, and bearing products for machine tools

Turning, milling, pressing, hammering, cutting, from low to high automation, from machining centres to production lines: without machine tools there is no production.

However, no machine can operate without a reliable supply of electricity, data, air or media.

igus® energy chains and cables are made to move, to improve machine performance while being easy to install.

Servo cables suitable for manufacturer drives, energy chains that can be opened and closed without tools, tubes with chip protection, clamps to prevent crushing of pneumatic hoses, bearing technology made of high-performance plastics for machine doors or rotary movements, robot kinematics, Industry 4.0 sensor technology – we will equip your machine tool.

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igus® products used in machine tools

Swarf-resistant energy tubes

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  • Provide protection against chips, dirt and swarf
  • No holes, gaps or undercuts
  • Easy to open
  • Openable along the outer radius
  • "RBR"version with Reverse Bend Radius available
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Readychain systems

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  • The number of your suppliers and orders reduced
  • Procurement optimisation - one system, one part number
  • Installation service on site
  • Plug & play
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chainflex® CF111.D

chainflex® CF111.D
  • UL certification for worldwide use
  • Save over 35% on special cables by standardising
  • Expansion for more drive technology choice
  • A Fanuc cable for dry drive technology environments.
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igus® blogs: important machine tool trends and topics

Specific areas within machine tools

Machining centres

Machining centre Best cable protection with robust energy chains and tubes on short travels.
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Cutting machines

Cutting machine e-chains®, cables and bearing products for laser, plasma and water jet cutting machines.
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Large machine tools

Large machine tools Extremely high reliability with strong energy chain systems for long travels.
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Examples of successful applications

If a chain breaks, the machine is stopped automatically to prevent subsequent damage.

Austrian engine factory

This engine manufacturer uses energy chains and abrasion monitoring. Sensors measure the chain wear during operation and notify the user early enough to plan a repair or an exchange.
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...and many further success stories

Discover more application examples showing how our energy chains and bearing products are used in CNC machines, fulfilling various requirements. The challenges included flying swarf; tight installation spaces; continuous system operation and quick, easy installation.

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White paper: machine tools

White paper: The influence of vibration on machine tools

Vibration behaviour of energy chains

Vibrations in machine tools components can lead to machines no longer working precisely, lowering the quality of workpieces and increasing wear of machine components. Energy chains, the "umbilical cord" of the modern machine tool, are a possible source of the problem. To improve their smooth running, innovative solutions are required ...
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Energy chain installation
Energy chains, cables, linear drives, bearings, sensors and more.

Have the prototype sampled for free

With our sampling service, we offer individual consultation and design of e-chains, cables, linear drives and bearings. We will also show you our sensors for the machine tool 4.0.

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Further information

Machine tool magazine

Important information all about our products and services within this industry
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e-chain® configurator

Configure your desired product online and view price, service life and delivery time
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The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "igutex", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH