Openable igus energy chain for cleanrooms certified ISO Class 1

igus presents a new modular and openable e-skin energy
supply range that ensures reliable energy supply in cleanrooms. The energy
chains provide the plant with data, media and energy without unwanted particles
contaminating the air.

This was also proven by the Fraunhofer Institute IPA
where all four energy chain types showed best values in tests – with and
without cables – and received the Fraunhofer Tested Device Certificate of ISO
Class 1 for use in cleanrooms.

Without a cleanroom, it would be impossible to produce
pharmaceutical products, microchips, OLEDs, LCDs or semiconductors because even
the smallest contamination can lead to impairment, and ultimately, to the
destruction of the product. The manufacture of these products demands almost
particle-free rooms with abrasion-resistant machine components. For companies
that manufacture machines and plant for cleanrooms, the certifications of the
Fraunhofer Institute IPA via the ISO classes make the search for suitable cleanroom-compatible
components, significantly easier.

The class of a cleanroom is representative of a
prescribed and approved amount of microorganisms or particles. The motion
plastics specialist igus has now had its modular and easily openable energy
supply range called ‘e-skin’ tested at the Fraunhofer Institute IPA, with and
without cables. Among them is the e-skin energy supply, which has already won
the Fraunhofer clean manufacturing award ‘Clean! 2018’: the e-skin soft for
compact installation spaces and short unsupported lengths, as well as the
e-skin flat for extremely flat inserts in an enclosed and openable chamber
version. All energy chains received the Fraunhofer Tested Device certificate of
ISO Class 1 and have the first class cleanroom-compatibility.

test procedure

In the test conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute IPA
in accordance with ISO14644-14, the inspectors mounted each of the four igus
energy chains on a test rig where they were kept in motion for over 100
minutes. The particles that peeled off from the plastic energy chains were
measured at three different measuring points. All four types of energy chains
performed with ISO Class 1, both with and without cables. Class 1 stands for a
particle load that should not exceed two particles with a size of ≥ 0.2 μm per
cubic metre of air.

cable guidance in cleanrooms with four e-skin solutions

All e-skin energy supply systems from igus are made of
tribologically optimised high-performance polymers, which are very
abrasion-resistant. The ‘classic’ e-skin is an enclosed corrugated tube, which
is easily openable and fillable using a zipper system due to a modular
structure. Costs can be saved and downtime minimised by a quick cable

To make the e-skin suitable for use in compact spaces,
it has been fitted with a soft material. In this way the e-skin soft can be
used in small installation spaces on short unsupported lengths. For very flat
installation spaces and very demanding cleanroom applications, Treotham offers
a solution with a chamber design: the igus e-skin flat. The energy supply is
available in an enclosed version as well as in another version with
individually openable chambers. This is unique and an absolute innovation in
the market. In the event of maintenance, the cables can simply be reinserted
without having to install a new energy supply system. The user reduces the
costs and improves their technology.

All energy chains are available ready-harnessed with
highly flexible chainflex cables from Treotham. igus gives a unique guarantee
of 36 months for all its cables.

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

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