autoglide 5 – perfect use of the busbar system

dklein | 4. December 2020

igus developed autoglide 5 to be a true alternative to busbar systems – for power and data transmission in compact spaces and for fast lane movement. In this article, we explain the disadvantages of the busbar system. We’ll also show you how to improve your technology with the autoglide 5 system.

autoglide 5
autoglide 5 system

Disadvantages of busbar technology

Current is transferred by means of open, electrically conductive bars made of copper or aluminium. Carbon components are used in the current collectors. Their disadvantages are costly maintenance and regular cleaning. If they are neglected, dust and dirt cause their contacts to malfunction. A busbar system only conducts energy. That is why two or more systems are needed for transmitting data. Because busbar systems are not covered, there is always a certain shock hazard. Therefore, busbars are unsuitable for explosive zones, cleanroom environments and other environments with stringent hygiene requirements. Given these disadvantages, igus has developed the new autoglide 5 system.

Advantages of the autoglide 5 system

autoglide 5 transfers energy, data, fluids and air safely in a single system, and is almost maintenance-free. In horizontal applications, cables are safely guided at speeds of up to 4m/s across travels of up to 80 metres. A metal rope is stretched across the floor of the aisle. A plastic rope or profile can also be used. The guide element on the underside of the chain allows the autoglide 5 to rest safely on the guide. Comb-like autoglide elements ensure wear-resistant, precise gliding of the chain’s upper run. The system runs at a quiet 63dB(A) at 2m/s. Other advantages are space savings of about 50% and an installation period that is 88% less than that of other energy chain systems.

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