More than 25,000 igus energy chains travel long distances every year in STS cranes, storage and retrieval units and linear robots. To load and unload the cutting-edge Triple E-class container ships, larger STS cranes must be built or existing cranes retrofitted. For future operations, in addition to using rol e-chains, there is much to recommend self-monitoring systems fitted with sensors.
Energy chains in gantry systems ensure that moving power and data cables and pneumatic lines are protected and reliably guided. To counteract problems on long travels, several technology companies are working with igus on the optimum integration of various sensor systems into modular gantry solutions for automation.
Our E4.350 energy chain from the E4.1 series is the world’s largest polymer energy chain and has been in operation in Antwerp for over 10 years on a travel of 140m and a fill weight of more than 100kg without any failures. We will explain how this project was accomplished in today’s blog post. Anyone […]
Very often, the utility of preventive measures such as forward-looking risk minimisation and preventive maintenance is not easy to see without a specific example case. Such cases are normally provided with theoretical insights or alternative use cases. To make it clear for smart plastics, we have spared no expense in preparing a real-life test case.
The igus plug-in e-chain® range is a unique, complete assembly for your individual task. If an e-chain is to be able to plug and play, many individual parts must be purchased, assembled, tested and documented. You generally have to contact a wide variety of suppliers and require special tools for the work to be completed. […]