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Standing installation of energy chains in machine tools

mkogelmann | 31. March 2020

Whether in handling systems or in machine tools, with vertical movements the energy supply systems must often be planned “standing”. Actually not a great challenge, but there are still some aspects that have to be considered and taken into account during planning and design. Pivoting or locking mounting brackets? If I can support the e-chain […]


Are igus energy chains halogen-free?

Kathrin Kretz | 30. March 2020

This week we again received the question whether our e-chains contain chlorine. For someone who is not familiar with the subject, this question seems rather strange. I personally associate chlorine first of all with water purification in swimming pools. Here the connection with plastics is obvious. Therefore, let us go deeper into the subject.


Hydraulic hoses in the energy chain

mkogelmann | 27. March 2020

Machine tools very often have hydraulic hoses that are guided in e-chains – for clamping devices, coolant circuits and other applications. For hoses, as for electrical cables, there are several items to consider in the design and fitting of energy chains. Crossbars every link or every second link What is the permissible bend radius of […]


Energy chain: steel or plastic?

pwirth | 26. March 2020

For historical reasons, energy chains have so far always been manufactured from steel or plastic. Steel has the advantage of allowing longer unsupported lengths. A plastic energy chain has various advantages, including lower cost and faster installation. There is now a new product: the hybrid steel-plastic chain. The energy chain is built with steel inner […]


Laying cables correctly for pivoting movements

mkogelmann | 26. March 2020

For pivoting and rotary movements of up to 270°, it is important that cables and hoses are laid in the energy chain’s neutral phase. Why is this so important? Pivoting and rotary movements usually involve winding up the e-chain or guiding it into an S shape. For normal installation positions (horizontal, standing, or suspended), the […]