New igus autoglide 5 for quick install of energy supply

The igus autoglide 5 from Treotham was developed to
guide energy safely on long travels and at a low cost. The new energy chain
system is specifically designed for horizontal use in intralogistics and on
crane systems. The energy supply is quickly installed, as
it does not require a guide trough. Instead, it lies on a steel wire rope held
in place by the e-chain contour.

Many users rely on busbar systems for power and data
transmission in tight, compact spaces and for fast lane movements, for example,
in storage and retrieval units. Their major disadvantage is that they are
expensive to maintain, can only be used for power transmission as standard and
must be cleaned regularly to avoid contact faults.

igus has now developed the autoglide 5 to be able to
safely guide horizontal cables at speeds of up to 4m/s and up to 80 metres’
travel distance even without a trough.

“The autoglide 5 can easily be installed in the
aisle on a rope or a profile. It is, above all, attractive with its low price,
an 88 percent shorter installation time compared to trough systems, and maintenance-free
operation,” explains Christian Strauch, industry manager intralogistics at
igus. “Thus the new energy supply offers a real alternative to the busbar

energy and data safely even without a trough

To install the autoglide 5, the intralogistics
technician only needs the supplied metal rope, which he stretches on the aisle
floor. Alternatively, guidance via a plastic rope or a profile is also
possible. The e-chain can travel safely on the rope, because the igus developers
have come up with a special guide concept. The underside of the chain links has
a guide element in the middle, so that the energy chain can rest safely on the

For wear-resistant and precise gliding of the upper
run of the chain on the lower run, the engineers relied on the igus autoglide
elements. This system consists of comb-like injection-moulded crossbars that
prevent the energy chain from sliding out. This allows the user to dispense
with a guide trough completely.

maintenance-free and easy to clean

Busbar systems, or the contacts of the pantograph, are
very susceptible to wear and need to be replaced after only one to two years.
With the autoglide 5, igus has developed a durable and maintenance-free energy
supply system made of high-performance polymers. igus is currently testing the
long service life of the new energy chain at its own 3,800-square-metre test
laboratory. In the laboratory, the autoglide 5 has already impressed with its
quiet operation. At a speed of 2 metres per second the measured value was

“Since the autoglide 5, unlike the busbar system,
has no open contacts, the aisle is easy to clean,” says Christian Strauch

Treotham offers the igus energy chain system already
fully harnessed as a ready chain with highly flexible chainflex cables.

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

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