OPERATORS of bulk handling cranes - and builders of such equipment - are gaining productivity from the combined performance of energy chain systems and guide troughs available from Treotham Trading .
Used for safe energy supply over long travels encountered in bulk materials handling and ship building, igus has developed steel guide troughs V2A and V4A, aluminium versions, as well as a completely-covered energy chain system for extreme weather conditions.
With this level of protection, speeds of up to 600 metres a minute are possible in extreme outdoor applications with little or no maintenance required.
Energy chain systems and guide troughs combine to be very low maintenance and can convey all media comfortably, including power, data, air and water.
In exposed seafront and seasonal environments, they show a very high resistance to wind and weather and do not require a maintenance platform to be built.
To greatly reduce downtime on large and expensive bulk handling operations, quick assembly is possible with the igus systems and an equally fast cable addition is achievable as the situation demands.
With a properly engineered energy chain and trough system, up to 50 per cent reduction in cable length is normally possible.