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Safe cable guidance on robots with igus retraction system

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article image The new TR.RSEL retraction system with energy chains ensures trouble-free operation of robots.
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Treotham introduces a new retraction system from igus for energy chains designed to ensure fail-safe operation of robots in modern industrial environments.

Welding, riveting or soldering - industrial robots must work dynamically and quickly in production. Therefore, a safe and compact guidance of cables and hoses is required. This is where the three-dimensional triflex energy chains from Treotham are used. If the e-chains form loops in the work area of the robot, it can damage the cables and hoses as well as lead to machine failure. For this reason, igus has now developed the new low-cost TR.RSEL retraction system to guide the energy chain in a line on the robot, ensuring trouble-free and fail-safe operation.

Industrial robots for assembling vehicle parts in the automotive industry, for example, work with high rotations and many fast movements. Users rely on energy chains to ensure that cables for data, pneumatic and energy supply are safely guided on the robot. The triflex R igus e-chains from Treotham are very useful here because they are specially designed for industrial robotics and adapt to the three-dimensional movements of robots. However, with the growing diversity in automated production technology, it is necessary to guide not only electrical and pneumatic cables, but also hoses for bolts, rivets and screws. Since these hoses are not compatible with tight bend radii, a retraction system is required for the energy supply of the robot.

For this reason igus has now developed a new cost-effective retraction system, triflex RSEL for its energy chains. This ensures that the e-chain is kept as compact as possible on the robot arm. The system prevents the hanging energy supply system from affecting or blocking the movements of the robot, even in highly dynamic applications. In the worst case, looping would damage the energy chain, and the cables and hoses inside it, leading to machine failure.

Cost-effective and easy to retrofit retraction system

Due to its standard dimensions and very compact design, the new retraction system can be mounted directly on the 3rd axis of all common types of robots. This means that all existing triflex R series such as TRC, TRE and TRCF can be quickly and easily converted. The fixed end of the energy chain can be freely selected by the new system. By using the linear retraction system, the user also saves additional cable length and associated costs since no deflection is required. The triflex RSEL is available from Treotham as a variant with two elastomer bands in sizes 70 or 85.

For more information, please visit the Treotham Automation website www.treotham.com.au or call 1300 65 75 64.

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