Safe cable guidance on robots with igus retraction system

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

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 or call 1300 65 75

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