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chainflex® - application examples

chainflex® works. or your money back.

For the customer, the production must go on without problems and an energy supply system should accordingly function smoothly. That presupposes the effortless performance of all components and the cables used in them. igus® was the first company to develop a complete e-chain system®. chainflex® cables and e-chain® are supplied from one source and - according to application - offered with a system guarantee. The design principles that help to prevent machine downtimes all over the world have emerged and still develop from the know-how in cables that grew since 1989 and from a series of very laborious experiments.

chainflex® cables secure underground railway operations of VAG Nuremberg

Reliably closing doors secure subway operation of the VAG Nürnberg with chainflex® cables

How chainflex® special cables keep a palletising system running

15 years maintenance-free: How special cables keep a palletising system running - The energy supply system from igus covers 73 million double strokes without a cable failure and breaks all records in the process!

chainflex® cables in automated order picking systems

Gripper gymnastics in the chemist's shop - chainflex® cables in automated order picking systems

chainflex cables in SRUs

Play it safe - Flexible chainflex® cables provide additional safety for viastore storage and retrieval units

Calhas articuladas em tornos multifusos

O vector de ouro vai para a Gildemeister Italiana S.p.A., de Itália, com um torno multifusos.

chainflex cables® in automation technology

Flexible service providers in automation technology, who handle complex projects, need suppliers as flexible as igus GmbH.

Innovative connection technology with chainflex® thermal compensation cables

It does not always have to be copper - MS Spaichingen uses chainflex® thermal compensation cable for innovative connection technology

Maintenance platform

Maintenance platform for WKA rotors, equipped with maintenance-free products from igus.

chainflex® cables with insulation displacement technology

Permanent connection - Tried and tested: Insulation displacement connection technology (IDC) in movable cable systems from igus® & HARTING

chainflex® cables in Still order pickers

chainflex® cables are not only suitable for applications with energy chains but also with roller guides.

Tested cable/connector combinations

Tested cable/connector combinations increase the safety of machines

IMAGIC flex drilling systems

The hybrid cables of the chainflex® product range are tried and tested and used in the new flexible IMAGIC flex drilling systems.

Industrial robots

This robot applies various materials to a floor: Special demands are made on the cables of the “Floor Master Robot”

Steel industry

A central task in the plant for iron alloys is performed by the conveyor belts which transport the raw material to the melt reduction furnaces.

Sealing system

An industrial camera monitors a robot which takes over the insertion of seals in the automotive industry.

Chip card readers

Special, high tensile strength bus cables for chip card readers in a lift system.

Cables in high-speed use

Moving cables in high-speed use - igus energy chain systems in Hekuma plants

High-performance cable system

The combination of chainflex cables and MFP8 RJ45 plug connectors offers outstanding transmission characteristics even after millions of cycles.

Pick-and-place machine

Cables for 400 million strokes in ultra-fast pick-and-place movements.

Large machining centres

Measuring system cable also transmits signals safely over large distances and thus ensures high machine availability.

Coal silo

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

Collision Avoidance

These applications test systems that will make driving cars safer.

Coal transport system

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

Filling unit

No more malfunctions when dosing fluids with precision.

Wastewater treatment plant

Due to the high robustness and stability, in a wastewater treatment plant near Saale, the decision was made for an E2/000 e-chain®.

Solar energy on a sailing boat

For protection against outdoor influences the connection cables of the solar cell were mounted in an E2 micro energy chain.

Circuit board assembler

17 million cycles per year – chainflex® cables for PCB assembly machine.

Concrete manufacturing

chainflex® control cables significantly reduce the failure rate of the machine in the concrete factory.

LED screen

Temperature-resistant chainflex® cables in an LED screen.

Sewage treatment plant

Energy chain system instead of cable drum - Smooth operation at the sewage treatment plant since 2000

Passenger compartment doors

Control cables for extremely small bend radii in the passenger compartment doors in public transport vehicles.

Stacking unit

300,000 double strokes a month impose rigorous requirements on the control cable.

Composting plant

Heat, abrasive dirt, high atmospheric moisture: These are only some of the ambient conditions in a composting plant.

Furniture factory

Cables with high bending strength increase machine availability in the furniture industry.

Roof structure

Thanks to the construction with e-chains® in the thermal spas in Bad Wörishofen, about 100 meters of cable could be saved and the weight of the roof was reduced.

Wood industry

The igus® preassembled energy chains create a lasting, low-wear connection to the tools.

Machining center

Top condition even after 9 years - Preassembled energy supply systems for precision machines working under tough environmental conditions

Fairground rides

The demands on the facility are very high. All parts of the elevator are permanently exposed to wind and weather, and additional centrifugal forces act upon the parts by the 180° rotation.

Crane track

Crane travels up to 500 m with energy chain systems and cables from igus®.

Cold storage rooms

Tests showed that the Micro flizz® can also be operated in tough test conditions in the cold chamber at -40°C and today it is standard equipment of the new generation high speed lifting doors.

Tile factories

Extreme stressing from tile dus in the building material industry.

Streetcar switches

The applied material repels chips with temperatures up to 850° C without leaving a trace.

Loading and unloading facility

Rigorous requirements imposed on the energy supply: Cycle times and narrow bend radii are a considerable strain on energy supply and lines.

Wood and sandwich processing

Here an energy supply system was developed from standard parts, whose piggyback system at last allocates a
defined place for the large volume suction hoses.

Special machine construction

For this milling machine only energy chains were considered that could satisfy the complex requirements occasioned by the high feed rates and the bend radii.

Laser cutting machines

Because of the high demands on dynamics, the energy chain had to be stable, strong and not too heavy. The chain experiences very high lateral acceleration particularly on the Y-axis.

Crane system

In crane construction, energy supply systems frequently prove their technical and economic strengths. Flexibility, variability and a space-saving installation are only some of the most important criteria.

Special machine construction

Preassembled energy supply systems come into operation here. They provide the edge to cut down the cost of the process.

Shipyard crane

Energy supply systems for shipyard cranes successfully in operation since six years.

Ship unloader

441 m travel: Reduction of tensile forces by about 75%.

Ship loader

Since the ship loader started operations in 2000, no troubles, either mechanical or in the cables, have occurred in the energy chain area.

Glass production

Higher variability at lower costs - Multidimensional energy supply systems raise the performance of robots.

Handling system

Robotic handling system for circuit boards. Flexible energy supply system in use in clean room technology.

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.

Dummy robot

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

Door drives

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

Sewage treatment plant

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

Underwater boring machine

Series CF27.D servo cables in underwater applications.

Dismantling tool

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

TV - production

Highly flexible chainflex® control cables in TV production.

Low-floor tram

Operational safety in low-floor vehicles thanks to chainflex® control cable for extremely small bend radii.

Machine building

The technical demands on energy supply systems in machinery and plant construction require cables that work reliably.

Special machine construction

Energy supply systems demonstrate their reliability even in particularly aggressive environmental conditions in special-purpose machinery construction.

Digital camera technology

The chainflex® bus cables are used for their robustness and signal quality.

Linear motor axes

Energy supply systems and cables for the highest demands in linear drive technology.

Electric go-cart

Conversion of a go-cart with combustion engine into an electric go-cart with maximum driving pleasure.

Cordless screwdriver race

The unusual design for a recumbent bicycle has got what it takes: cordless screwdrivers are used here to drive it.

Robot elephant

To the quarter finals of EUROBOT 2009 with the robot "elephant".

Indoor and outdoor cranes

Outdoor cranes must withstand harsh weather conditions. Indoor cranes also work under alternating moisture influences with simultaneous extremely high temperatures.

Inspection robot

This robot checks ventilation shafts before and after cleaning. Energy supply is via a cable

Design motorbike

Robust chainflex® cable CF 9 also withstands adverse weather conditions.

Conveyor unit of coal excavator

The winner of this year’s golden vector is also the longest travel ever to be realised with plastic energy chains in the world.

Multi-axis robots

Maintenance free with cables and multi-dimensional energy chains.

chainflex CASE application

Simply saved in storage costs, delivery costs and process costs

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

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