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chainflex® - application examples

chainflex® works. or your money back.

For the customer, the production must go on without problems and an energy supply system should accordingly function smoothly. That presupposes the effortless performance of all components and the cables used in them. igus® was the first company to develop a complete e-chain system®. chainflex® cables and e-chain® are supplied from one source and - according to application - offered with a system guarantee. The design principles that help to prevent machine downtimes all over the world have emerged and still develop from the know-how in cables that grew since 1989 and from a series of very laborious experiments.

IMAGIC flex drilling systems

The hybrid cables of the chainflex® product range are tried and tested and used in the new flexible IMAGIC flex drilling systems.

IMAGIC flex drilling systems    

Industrial robots

This robot applies various materials to a floor: Special demands are made on the cables of the “Floor Master Robot”

Industrial robots    

Steel industry

A central task in the plant for iron alloys is performed by the conveyor belts which transport the raw material to the melt reduction furnaces.

Steel industry    

Sealing system

An industrial camera monitors a robot which takes over the insertion of seals in the automotive industry.

Sealing system    

Chip card readers

Special, high tensile strength bus cables for chip card readers in a lift system.

Chip card readers    

Cables in high-speed use

Moving cables in high-speed use - igus energy chain systems in Hekuma plants

Cables in high-speed use    

High-performance cable system

The combination of chainflex cables and MFP8 RJ45 plug connectors offers outstanding transmission characteristics even after millions of cycles.

High-performance cable system    

Pick-and-place machine

Cables for 400 million strokes in ultra-fast pick-and-place movements.

Pick-and-place machine    

Large machining centres

Measuring system cable also transmits signals safely over large distances and thus ensures high machine availability.

Large machining centres    

Coal silo

Lower weight and space requirements than alternative solutions for conveying coal.

Coal silo    

Collision Avoidance
System]

These applications test systems that will make driving cars safer.

Collision Avoidance  System]    

Coal transport system

The motors in this system need a large number of cables.

Coal transport system    

Reversible-head trimming shears

Quick tool changes permit continuous machining of metal bands on both sides.

Reversible-head trimming shears    

Filling unit

No more malfunctions when dosing fluids with precision.

Filling unit    

Handling roof tiles

No more cork screws and cable failures when transporting roof shingles.

Handling roof tiles    

Asphalting system

An asphalting system prototype that uses a pick&place portal to distribute the material from each batch.

Asphalting system    

Wastewater treatment plant

Due to the high robustness and stability, in a wastewater treatment plant near Saale, the decision was made for an E2/000 e-chain®.

Wastewater treatment plant    

Solar energy on a sailing boat

For protection against outdoor influences the connection cables of the solar cell were mounted in an E2 micro energy chain.

Solar energy on a sailing boat    

Circuit board assembler

17 million cycles per year – chainflex® cables for PCB assembly machine.

Circuit board assembler    

Concrete manufacturing

chainflex® control cables significantly reduce the failure rate of the machine in the concrete factory.

Concrete manufacturing    

LED screen

Temperature-resistant chainflex® cables in an LED screen.

LED screen    

Sewage treatment plant

Energy chain system instead of cable drum - Smooth operation at the sewage treatment plant since 2000

Sewage treatment plant    

Passenger compartment doors

Control cables for extremely small bend radii in the passenger compartment doors in public transport vehicles.

Passenger compartment doors    

Stacking unit

300,000 double strokes a month impose rigorous requirements on the control cable.

Stacking unit    

Composting plant

Heat, abrasive dirt, high atmospheric moisture: These are only some of the ambient conditions in a composting plant.

Composting plant    

Furniture factory

Cables with high bending strength increase machine availability in the furniture industry.

Furniture factory    

Roof structure

Thanks to the construction with e-chains® in the thermal spas in Bad Wörishofen, about 100 meters of cable could be saved and the weight of the roof was reduced.

Roof structure    

Wood industry

The igus® preassembled energy chains create a lasting, low-wear connection to the tools.

Wood industry    

Machining center

Top condition even after 9 years - Preassembled energy supply systems for precision machines working under tough environmental conditions

Machining center    

Fairground rides

The demands on the facility are very high. All parts of the elevator are permanently exposed to wind and weather, and additional centrifugal forces act upon the parts by the 180° rotation.

Fairground rides    

Crane track

Crane travels up to 500 m with energy chain systems and cables from igus®.

Crane track    

Cold storage rooms

Tests showed that the Micro flizz® can also be operated in tough test conditions in the cold chamber at -40°C and today it is standard equipment of the new generation high speed lifting doors.

Cold storage rooms    

Tile factories

Extreme stressing from tile dus in the building material industry.

Tile factories    

Streetcar switches

The applied material repels chips with temperatures up to 850° C without leaving a trace.

Streetcar switches    

Loading and unloading facility

Rigorous requirements imposed on the energy supply: Cycle times and narrow bend radii are a considerable strain on energy supply and lines.

Loading and unloading facility    

Wood and sandwich processing

Here an energy supply system was developed from standard parts, whose piggyback system at last allocates a
defined place for the large volume suction hoses.

Wood and sandwich processing    

Automation

Use without limits - Preassembled energy supply system for the automation.

Automation    

Machine tool manufacture

From special design to standard model - Preassembled energy supply systems reduce the costs in machine tool making in the long term.

Machine tool manufacture    

Machining center

The ready-to-install assembled energy supply system is perfectly aligned to the high demands of the machine tool industry.

Machining center    

Wood-sawing machines

Unlike in former times, the Homag-Sawtech AG has virtually no more complaints.

Wood-sawing machines    

Crane system

In the crane system, the requirements on the operating safety are especially high due to the long travels. Expensive shut downs and downtimes must be avoided in any case.

Crane system    

Special machine construction

For this milling machine only energy chains were considered that could satisfy the complex requirements occasioned by the high feed rates and the bend radii.

Special machine construction    

Laser cutting machines

Because of the high demands on dynamics, the energy chain had to be stable, strong and not too heavy. The chain experiences very high lateral acceleration particularly on the Y-axis.

Laser cutting machines    

Crane system

In crane construction, energy supply systems frequently prove their technical and economic strengths. Flexibility, variability and a space-saving installation are only some of the most important criteria.

Crane system    

Special machine construction

Preassembled energy supply systems come into operation here. They provide the edge to cut down the cost of the process.

Special machine construction    

Wood processing
machine

There is little space available and the cables are strongly stressed due to the complex movements.

Wood processing machine    

Shipyard crane

Energy supply systems for shipyard cranes successfully in operation since six years.

Shipyard crane    

Ship unloader

441 m travel: Reduction of tensile forces by about 75%.

Ship unloader    

Ship loader

Since the ship loader started operations in 2000, no troubles, either mechanical or in the cables, have occurred in the energy chain area.

Ship loader    

Glass production

Higher variability at lower costs - Multidimensional energy supply systems raise the performance of robots.

Glass production    

Handling system

Robotic handling system for circuit boards. Flexible energy supply system in use in clean room technology.

Handling system    

OpenHydro tidal turbine

A plastic chain makes any kind of maintenance on the open sea obsolete; a conventional metal chain would not be adequate for the combination of technical, climatic and mechanical requirements.

OpenHydro tidal turbine    

Dummy robot

A very high acceleration provided an enormouschallenge for the design engineers of this robot.

Dummy robot    

Door drives

Previously used cables have been replaced by flexible CF9 TPE control cables, which have a significantly longer service life.

Door drives    

Sewage treatment plant

The used igus® products prove themselves till today and drastically reduce the maintenance input.

Sewage treatment plant    

Adhesive resin system

In the case of this adhesive resin system, a lifting platform moves upwardto a height three or four times a day to empty barrels with a volume ofapprox. 200 litres.

Adhesive resin system    

Underwater boring machine

Series CF27.D servo cables in underwater applications.

Underwater boring machine    

Dismantling tool

Flexible chainflex® CF9 control cables and various hoses in zig-zag application.

Dismantling tool    

TV - production

Highly flexible chainflex® control cables in TV production.

TV - production    

Low-floor tram

Operational safety in low-floor vehicles thanks to chainflex® control cable for extremely small bend radii.

Low-floor tram    

Machine building

The technical demands on energy supply systems in machinery and plant construction require cables that work reliably.

Machine building    

Special machine construction

Energy supply systems demonstrate their reliability even in particularly aggressive environmental conditions in special-purpose machinery construction.

Special machine construction    

Digital camera technology

The chainflex® bus cables are used for their robustness and signal quality.

Digital camera technology    

Linear motor axes

Energy supply systems and cables for the highest demands in linear drive technology.

Linear motor axes    

Electric go-cart

Conversion of a go-cart with combustion engine into an electric go-cart with maximum driving pleasure.

Electric go-cart    

Cordless screwdriver race

The unusual design for a recumbent bicycle has got what it takes: cordless screwdrivers are used here to drive it.

Cordless screwdriver race    

Robot elephant

To the quarter finals of EUROBOT 2009 with the robot "elephant".

Robot elephant    

Indoor and outdoor cranes

Outdoor cranes must withstand harsh weather conditions. Indoor cranes also work under alternating moisture influences with simultaneous extremely high temperatures.

Indoor and outdoor cranes    

Inspection robot

This robot checks ventilation shafts before and after cleaning. Energy supply is via a cable

Inspection robot    

Design motorbike

Robust chainflex® cable CF 9 also withstands adverse weather conditions.

Design motorbike    

Conveyor unit of coal excavator

The winner of this year’s golden vector is also the longest travel ever to be realised with plastic energy chains in the world.

Conveyor unit of coal excavator    

Multi-axis robots

Maintenance free with cables and multi-dimensional energy chains.

Multi-axis robots    
Further interesting applications from extremely diverse areas can be found here.

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