Treotham presents the igus e-skin for guiding cables
securely and abrasion-free in cleanroom applications. The energy chain for
cleanroom applications has now been equipped with a softer material especially
for compact installation spaces. The safe and particle-free guidance of cables
can be undertaken at a low clearance height with the new e-skin soft. For very
tight installation spaces, igus has also developed the e-skin flat. The new
low-profile energy supply has a chamber design and is easy to fill and
maintain. Both energy chains were convincing in the sound test with their very
In the production of microchips, OLEDs, LCDs,
implants, and semiconductors or in the pharmaceutical industry, there are very
high demands in a pure manufacturing environment. This is because every type of
contamination has a direct effect on the product and can lead to serious damage
for the manufacturer. Therefore, the conditions on the used machine elements as
well as on energy supply systems are particularly high.
To meet these requirements, Treotham presented the
easily openable igus e-skin, an enclosed corrugated tube four years ago. It has
the Fraunhofer Tested Device of the ISO class 1 seal of approval, and in 2018
received the 2nd prize of the Fraunhofer clean technology award ‘Clean! 2018’. The
approval was given for these reasons: the e-skin is made of tribologically
optimised, abrasion-resistant plastic, has a modular structure, and can be
To make the e-skin suitable for use in compact rooms,
it has now been fitted with a new soft material. The new e-skin soft can also
be used in small installation spaces on short unsupported lengths. For very
flat installation spaces, Treotham offers a new solution with a chamber design
– the e-skin flat.
Both energy chains were convincing in the noise test
in the movement. The e-skin soft had a value of 32.4 dBA and the e-skin flat,
29 dBA. This means that the new energy supply systems for cleanrooms are
significantly quieter than alternative solutions on the market.
soft: modular and fast to fill
The new e-skin soft is based entirely on the modular
principle of the proven e-skin. The separable upper and lower shells of the
energy chain can be easily put together by a ‘zipper’ to a fully enclosed tube,
which is highly dustproof and water-resistant. This guarantees cleanroom
compatibility, quick filling and maintenance of the cables.
energy supply for flat installation spaces in cleanrooms
igus has now developed the e-skin flat especially for
very tight installation spaces, for example, in semiconductor manufacturing.
The new energy supply consists of a profile with three cable chambers, which
are extruded from high-performance plastics. Therefore, it is very flat and
allows a very small bend radius and a low clearance height. The profiles can be
connected to wider systems. In contrast to alternative solutions, the cables in
the e-skin flat are not shrink-wrapped but are inserted into the chambers. In
the event of a need for maintenance, the cables can simply be pulled in without
having to install a new energy supply system. The user reduces the costs and
improves their technology. In a second expansion stage, the individual chambers
are openable from the outside thanks to a zipper system, so that maintenance
can be sped up further. Another advantage: with the new energy supply systems,
e-skin flat and e-skin soft, Treotham offers two cost-effective solutions
available directly from stock.
ready-to-connect system with guaranteed service life
Upon request, the customer can receive the new energy
chains for the cleanroom immediately as a ready-to-connect complete system with
chainflex cables. The user has the option to use more than 918 highly flexible
cables with IPA class 1, which are specifically developed for use in the energy
chain. All cables were tested under real conditions in igus’ 3,800-square-metre
laboratory. This makes igus the only manufacturer in the world to offer a
36-month guarantee on its range of cables.
For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.