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Energy chain systems for every application


Energy chains online shop

I am familiar with the energy chains from igus and know the dimensions and kinds of movement required by my energy supply system.

Go to the energy chains online shop

Configuration

I know the ambient variables of my application and would like to configure it conveniently online or consult an expert about an individual project.

Go to the configurators

Knowledge base

I am unsure what energy chain I should choose for my application and need more information.

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Complete set

No need to spend lots of time looking for the right energy chain series and relevant accessories. Sophisticated engineering made simple. Complete sets in just three clicks!

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Horizontal movement

Energy chains for horizontal movements

  • Protection against weather and dirt
  • Cost-effective and fully enclosed complete solution
  • Easy wall mounting
  • Optimum attachment to floor or ceiling
  • Also with optimum swarf protection

Horizontal motion

Vertical movements

Energy chains for vertical movements

  • Modular design
  • Especially quiet and space-saving design
  • Also for highly dynamic movement and lateral acceleration
  • Easy access for servicing
  • Quick and easy assembly

Vertical movements

Circular and spiral movements

Energy chains for circular and spiral movements

  • More versatile and flexible than cable reels
  • Guide electric current, air and fluids safely in a single system
  • Energy supply possible in all directions
  • if travels must be kept free

Circular and spiral movements

3D motion and robots

Energy chains for 3D movements and robots

  • Defined torsion stop dog for each e-chain link
  • Defined minimum bend radius
  • High tensile strength due to ball and socket joint
  • Optional retraction system
  • Option with fibre-rod for partial direction control

Robots and 3D movements

Special environments

Energy chains for special environments

  • e-chains suitable for cleanrooms
  • Avoidance of electrostatic charging
  • With protection against swarf and dust
  • Also with protection against hot chips
  • Very low-vibration and low-noise e-chains
  • Very resistant to chemicals

Special applications

Energy supply systems

Energy supply systems

  • Ready-to-install energy supply systems
  • Cables with connectors
  • Harnessing time is reduced by up to 95%
  • Reduce process costs
  • Everything from one source
  • Minimise machine downtime

Ready-to-install harnessed systems

Order energy chain sample

Are you interested in our energy chain but would like to see it for yourself first before making a final decision?
Then you are welcome to order a free sample from us.

Order your free energy chain sample now

3D CAD portal

Design energy chains in the 3D CAD portal

Design your energy chain faster. CAD models for a wide variety of systems. Energy chain design made easy.

Our polymer energy chains are already in use in many hundreds of thousands of applications around the world - from automatic beverage machines to CNC machines and steelworks. Unsupported lengths can be bridged without problems and long travels are conceivable for a wide varieties of industries and manufacturing sectors. It has a modular design and is therefore easy to assemble. Here, you can design the right energy chain for your application!

To the 3D CAD portal

Frequently asked questions


The advantages of igus energy chain systems

  • Cable-friendly
  • Low weight, modular, strong, quiet, easy to open
  • Energy, data, FOCs, oil and air guided in one system
  • Configure online
  • Predictable service life
  • Little easy-to-perform maintenance, easy to install
  • Large catalogue of standard items

Why energy chains from igus?

What is an energy chain?

The term energy chain or e-chain is closely related to the terms drag chain and energy supply chain. The energy chain is a product that safely transports cables along a certain distance. They are primarily used for machines where the guided cables and hoses have to be moved a certain distance without being damaged, so that a machine shutdown is prevented. The energy chain is a safe way of moving energy and data cables or media hoses over this distance.

There are different types and versions of energy chains to meet different requirements. For example, there are completely enclosed versions that withstand external influences such as dirt or swarf and still guarantee the function of the machine. Variants specifically designed for several directions of movement, such as on robots, are also common, as are special materials that prevent electrostatic charging.

Use of an energy chain on a port crane Use of an energy chain on a port crane

Where are energy chains used?

igus energy chains are already reliably used in hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide - from beverage vending machines to steel mills. Across the globe, more than 400,000 customers from 50 branches of industry use igus energy chains.


More information on energy chains

chainflex® cables for motion

chainflex cables for motion

Fail-safe cables for energy chains

Test laboratory for igus® energy chains

Tested!

Every year, 3,000 e-chain tests are performed in order to ensure that they can withstand the hardest of conditions.  

Online tools for igus® energy chains

Online tools

Overview of all online tools for energy chains.

Energy chain catalogue

The e-chain catalogue for direct downloading online!
 


Consulting

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Saturdays from 8 am- 12 pm.

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