New igus plane-chain for long travels in production automation

Treotham introduces a new e-chain solution from igus
specifically designed for long travels in production automation applications. The
igus plane-chain ensures a compact energy and data supply in production.

Production automation in an Industry 4.0 environment
demands more reliable and space-saving energy supply solutions. igus’
plane-chain is an innovative energy chain concept for long travels and high
speeds. With a side-mounted e-chain in a new, specially designed guide trough,
the system ensures a compact and failsafe energy and data supply.

Robots are an essential component of modern production
processes, especially in the automotive industry. Linear, gantry or industrial,
robots have to work reliably and quickly in confined spaces and in long travels,
for which a dependable energy and data supply is required. With the
plane-chain, igus offers a new energy chain system for automation that assures maximum
fail-safety in applications with high speeds and cycle rates.

igus’ new solution has the energy chain mounted flat
on its side in a special trough that allows the designer to save space due to
the low installation height. The convex bathtub shape of the trough allows the
E6 series e-chain to travel securely in two recessed channels. The stainless
steel trough with its low friction factor ensures a long service life for the
chain. For additional sound insulation of the system, a special plastic
insulating layer can be used on the outside of the trough. Since the energy
chain has lightweight components, it can be easily mounted below the ceiling
for linear robots.

Completely enclosed plane-chains that eliminate any
possibility of objects getting in from the outside are also available on
request. In addition to the application potential of the plane-chain for
automation, the new concept in an enclosed form is also suitable for energy
supply on cranes. Here, cables and e-chains within the corrosion-free troughs
are protected from severe damage caused by wind and weather, increasing

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

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