MAINTENANCE and downtime associated with hose and cable handling is vastly reduced by the R58 and R68 'openable' energy tubes from igus.
These modular plastic units allow instant opening from above simply by swinging a cover with a screwdriver as they provide protection from chips, dirt and abrasion.
Protection qualities and simple construction have ensured the energy tubes - distributed in Australia by Treotham Trading - survive in machine tools and woodworking machines, as well as other applications where a similar degree of environmental harshness exists.
As igus energy tubes have the same connection dimensions and internal measurements as igus energy chains, they can be replaced with each others' stock components at any point and vice versa.
This compatibility, and an extensive product line, also allows Treotham Trading to facilitate as a single order the supply of energy tubes complete with cables and hoses.
Connecting elements allow connection of the energy tubes to a machine - be it on the face end, the top, on the bottom - with or without integrated strain relief.
Bilaterally openable, the tubes are available with inside heights of 28, 32, 42, 56, 80, and 108mm and a vast selection of inside widths from 50mm to 462.5mm. Add-on elements allow a wider tube up to 3,000mm to be achieved.
Other characteristics include a bending radii from 75mm to 1,000mm, modular internal divisions of all kinds, connecting elements of all kinds, integrated strain relief, and guide channels as accessories.