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Modern polymer energy supply chains are the umbilical cord of mechanical engineering and automation They ensure the safe supply of energy, data, signals and media, continually on the move during this process. They can be used universally – on cranes, machine tools and robots, all the way to Hollywood.

KUKA Cobra

This robot becomes faster, lighter and more compact with an additional axis.

Sludge treatment

This is the world's largest plastic energy-chain.

Woodworking

Flexible machining of wooden materials with rotations around the own axis for up to 1440 degrees.

DigitL Pneumatic Hand

e-chains® move the digits on a robotic hand.

Therapy robot

The therapy robot helps patients to walk again after an operation. The robot does not simply limit this to level paths, but also simulates complex paths.

Container unloading machine

Containers are unloaded in a highly dynamic and semi-automated manner. The e-chains® are able to support these dynamic forces.

Bread dough shaper

Flour dust and moisture are the most demanding environmental conditions for this application.

Cutting machine for carbon fibre pipes

In this case, the e-chain® was able to avoid additional sheet-metal fabrication requirements for a hose.

Self-driving transport system

This self-guiding transportation system is intended for logistics automation tasks.

Crane boom for tankers

This crane can be flexibly adjusted to fuel various types of aircraft.

Wire-winding machine

Automated spool changes permit high production rates at high quality.

Tooling machine

Chip protection in tight work spaces in a machine tool.

Porous concrete hardening

Reliable process control in adverse environmental conditions, such as dust, rust and moisture.

Hole drilling facility

The e-chain® provides this drilling machine with ESD protection and weather roofing.

Multifunctional arm for wine-growing

Automated work processes on grape-vines in difficult terrain.

Passenger boarding bridge

e-chains® replace festoonings on passenger jetways for increased reliability.

Production line for fertilisers

Fewer malfunctions under aggressive environmental conditions at this fertilizer plant.

Hall crane equipment

This energy supply saves space by avoiding the trough.

Concrete production

No more short circuits for demanding logistics tasks.

Presentation system

Outstanding presentations with the "beamflizzer" without the distracting cable-jungle.

Autonomic robot

This robot travels on e-chains®.

Coal excavator

Long travel distances and all-weather use for the energy-supply on a coal excavator.

Vehicle body milling machine

Chip protection means less cable damage and fewer break-downs.

Cable test stand

Secure separation of individual cables for torsion test purposes.

Multi-directional sideloader

This sideloader solves flexible logistics tasks for wooden panels.

Laminate sampler line

By avoiding lubricants, the transported laminated pieces remain clean.

Melting furnace

This furnace, which is used to melt stainless steel, is operated at very high temperatures.

Sewage plant

The energy supply cables at this water treatment facility are protected by an enclosure.

Leather cutting machine

The cutting head in this application can perform work with flexibility and speed.

Waste incineration plant

Temperature and humidity may change throughout the year, but the energy supply will work reliably and consistently.

Portal system

Conserve energy with an efficient energy supply that uses less energy itself.

Coal silo

Lower weight and space requirements than alternative solutions for conveying coal.

Steel plate labelling machine

Fewer malfunctions and reduced maintenance times with easy to fill e-chains®.

Welding robot

Increased speeds and acceleration by exchanging festoonings with e-chains®.

Research camera

This camera is used to examine the behavior of solids suspended in liquids.

Window assembly

An unusual combination for the supply of energy and transportation of materials in one.

Circulation system

Twist-free supply of various media.

Rotary table

This existing rotary table needed to be retrofitted with an energy supply.

Escalator cleaner

This cleaning machine can thoroughly clean escalator steps in a single operation.

Fish protection filter

Ice protection for filters that protect fish.

Zoom X-Ray detector

Only maintenance-free components can be used in this x-ray application.

Machining centre

The highest possible flexibility when milling and drilling in a single step.

Robots in the automotive industry

An uncluttered work space without distracting cables for high reliability.

Reversible-head trimming shears

Quick tool changes permit continuous machining of metal bands on both sides.

Spot-welding robot

An uncluttered work space and fewer malfunctions are possible without distracting cables.

Working platform

Various media and a secure energy supply provide for flexible uses.

Milling machine

This solution provides peace of mind and has been successfully in use for more than 10 years.

Travelling cleaners

High speed process on a textile machine without twisting the power cable.

Travelling column milling machine

Cable protection from enormous material removal during a milling operation.

X-ray device

This flexible system can take x-ray images without moving the patient.

High-performance
glider]

Easy cable changes and a compact design with ideal dimensions.

Working platform

This new design permits a variety of multiple tunnel construction processing steps to be performed by one machine.

Lock gates

Salt water resistance and compensation for sideways motions for lock-gate operations.

Helicopter hangar for ships

Telescope type deploying and retracting of a hangar at sea.

Collision Avoidance
System]

These applications test systems that will make driving cars safer.

Material treatment

This application prepares raw material for the subsequent production of screws and rivets.

Inspection robot

Light-weight and mobile robot to inspect pipes on inclines and declines.

Machining centre for frames

The tools perform rotating motions of up to 450 degrees, therefore ensuring fast production.

Cleaning system

This application removes paper dust and ink residue from printing press cylinders.

Synchronous motor

This laboratory setup is used to test highly efficient motor systems.

Lighting systems

Adjustable heights on in-store and mall mounted lighting systems.

Sliding gate

This automated gate will work in any weather condition.

Shelving system for concrete bricks

Data exchange is possible by exchanging the cable drum with an e-chain®.

Multimedia panel

This is a visually appealing solution for the many cables used for entertainment electronics.

Sewage channel inspection

This TV inspection system is used to examine tunnel shafts.

Transporter for steel coils

Heavy steel coils are transported here. The energy supply is recessed into the floor.

Filling unit

No more malfunctions when dosing fluids with precision.

Remote dispensing drug

Two air-conditioned zones for storing pharmaceuticals and transporting these to the dispensing station.

Casting implements for car rims

Automotive wheels are manufactured here using the gravity die casting process.

Optical measuring device

Precise motions within the smallest spaces without electro-magnetic interference.

Astronomical telescope

This telescope can be rotated from its original position in both directions by 270° each.

Hall cranes

Reliable energy supply for crane and gantry travel in waste sorting operations.

Handling device

Precise positioning of products in shelves while subject to dirt exposure.

Art installation

e-chains® help display messages of an art installation.

Anti-magnetic linear drive

An innovative linear drive for transporting loads with or without guides.

CNC machine

This equipment is used to machine metal components used in construction equipment.

Rocket launch pad

e-chains® supply this entire rocket building with energy.

Machining centre

Various media in one energy supply system save money and design space.

Steel production

High speed transportation of hot steel.

Control station

Adjustments tailored to each operator permit ergonomic work processes.

Tunnel building crane

Tunnel construction is generally space constrained, thus requiring compact components.

Safety doors

The screen doors of this large milling center are operated electrically.

Wood transport

Weather protection for the exterior transport of wooden panels.

Handling roof tiles

No more cork screws and cable failures when transporting roof shingles.

X-ray machine

This global innovation can be used to approach a patient in any desired position.

Agricultural sprayers

These hydraulic sprayers are used to distribute fertilizers and pesticides.

Truck washing bay

This washing system is installed under the open sky in Brazil.

Milking robot

This milking robot can perform its activities around the clock in the open field.

Coal transport system

The motors in this system need a large number of cables.

Service robot

This robot has completely unrestricted movements to achieve a nearly humanoid impression.

Ball robot

A robot that can throw balls up to a distance of 16 meters.

Harvesting machine

The entire harvest, including fruit packaging in a single process step.

Assembly robot

This robot lifts heavy work pieces weighing up to 1.7 tons.

Automatic multi-storey car park

Automobiles are parked and subsequently retrieved without the driver's involvement.

Helicopters

Lighter components for aviation applications by avoiding separators.

Intelligent glass door

An E3 series e-chain® ensures the quiet operation of this roller gate and supplies the gate with the necessary power.

Asphalting system

An asphalting system prototype that uses a pick&place portal to distribute the material from each batch.

Handling robot

This robot has no difficulty dealing with heavy loads when loading and unloading conveyor belts.

Spirits case

Very ornate packaging for alcoholic beverages.

Lathe

This lathe can perform complex machining tasks on large work pieces.

Assembly robot

Clean separation of various media in the automobile industry.

Test stand for control centres

Only extensive earthbound testing can demonstrate the suitability of components for space applications.


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