Cables and hoses to be routed in e-chains need sufficient clearance space . The following space reserves are required:
- Electric round cables 10%
- Pneumatic cables 5-10%
- Hydraulic cables 20%
- Media hoses 20%
Minimum clearances upwards and to the sides must be complied with.
What are the filling rules for energy chains?
Cables and hoses must be routed in such a way that they can move freely in the longitudinal direction and do not exert any tensile forces on the e-chain in the radius. For highly dynamic applications, no cables should be laid without horizontal separation (shelf). The dynamic limits for speeds is >0.5 m/s and cycle rate over 10,000 p.a. The best way to explain the filling rules is by means of the following drawings:
What should be the weight distribution in the energy chain?
The weight distribution should be symmetrical if possible – heavy cables on the outside and lighter cables in the middle of the e-chain. This will prevent any tilting.
What are the interior separation options?