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Change now: motion plastics® from igus® – simply last longer!

Corrosion-free, robust and reliable

igus® e-chains® are already in use today in tens of thousands of applications – They guide and protect cables and hoses on oil platforms, in steelworks and in other heavy machinery. They have a modular design and are therefore easy to install. They are media-friendly and suitable for large, heavy and stiff cables and hoses. Our e-chains® withstand hot chips with temperatures up to +850° C .
 
Many arguments speak for the use of energy chains of high-performance plastics for moving applications, particularly in the heavy-duty area.
 

Strong and flexible

Hot chips up to 850 °C

Fill weights up to 600 kg/m

90.000 types from stock

100% corrosion-free

Quick assembly

Easy filling

Low weight

Quiet operation

Low vibration

Maintenance-free

100% lubrication free

Circular movements possible

Cable drum without slip ring

80% reduction of process costs

Cables with 36 months guarantee

75% decrease in drive energy

Online calculation available

CAD download possible

Cost-effective

Assembled on request

Worldwide service

Delivery service from 24h

Application examples for heavy duty

Ejection belts

The conveyor belt conveys highly flammable sulphur and transports it to its destination in the harbour area.

Ejection belts    

Energy chain in open-air storage facility for alumina production

Design and installation of a roller energy chain for outdoor use on a bauxite stockpile - an environment with extremely harsh ambient conditions.

Energy chain in open-air storage facility for alumina production    

Assembly robot

This robot lifts heavy work pieces weighing up to 1.7 tons.

Assembly robot    

Tunnel building crane

Tunnel construction is generally space constrained, thus requiring compact components.

Tunnel building crane    

Coal transport system

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

Coal transport system    

Working platform

This new design permits a variety of multiple tunnel construction processing steps to be performed by one machine.

Working platform    

Transporter for steel coils

Heavy steel coils are transported here. The energy supply is recessed into the floor.

Transporter for steel coils    

Casting implements for car rims

Automotive wheels are manufactured here using the gravity die casting process.

Casting implements for car rims    

Zinc electrolysis, bathing halls

The sulfur fumes generated by the electrolysis are highly corrosive and corrode the customer's system. igus® products withstand these extreme conditions.

Zinc electrolysis, bathing halls    

Rocket launch site

The igus® products used are designed for mobile applications in such a way that it features a long life and functions absolutely reliably.

Rocket launch site    

Heavy load transporter

Rugged energy chains are technically and economically the first choice in the construction of an extendable heavy load transporter.

Heavy load transporter    

The longest travel with plastic energy chain

e-chain® travel of 615 m exceeds the longest so far in the port of Singapore.

The longest travel with plastic energy chain    

Taconite mine

The next long distance with a plastic chain: 550 m.

Taconite mine    

Tile factories

Extreme stressing from tile dus in the building material industry.

Tile factories    

Road construction

An asphalt finisher applies hot and cold bitumen mixtures. The e-chain® supplies the front area of the vehicle and is exposed to extreme dirt.

Road construction    

Heavy fillings

e-chains® for heavy-duty uses: Guiding of the supply cables of a quenching chamber, which moves toward the linked vacuum ovens.

Heavy fillings    

Power plants

Safe function despite extreme dirt accumulation: Parallel facility in the waste-to-energy plant

Power plants    

Waste incineration plant

Safe application of e-chains® in waste incineration plant

Waste incineration plant    

Tunnel construction

Tunnel boring in defined sections with the assistance of an igus® e-chain system®, which guides the essential hose cables section by section.

Tunnel construction    

Steel mills

Temperatures up to 1200°C or lashing blaze from the oven pose high demands on the plant.

Steel mills    

Waste incineration plant

Application of e-chains® in waste incineration plants: Strong dirt with high metal content and 300,000 t waste every year.

Waste incineration plant    

Thermal application

igus® roller chain in power plant application: Strong dust, application of the chains in trolley and crane, the crane drive arranged in the opposite direction.

Thermal application    

Coal-fired power plant

Operation in severe dust. The energy chains are employed in trolley and crane, the crane drive arranged in the opposite direction.

Coal-fired power plant    

Offshore industry

High pressure hydraulic hoses + power cables. Extreme weather environment but this chain delivers and delivers.

Offshore industry    

Coal-fired power plant

e-chain system® for a coal unloader. Operating since three years without any problem.

Coal-fired power plant    

Ship unloading crane

Application of e-chain® systems in ship unloader

Ship unloading crane    

Offshore industry

Tube handling plant provides an igus® plastic e-chain®. e-chain® ensures high stability and reliability in pipehandling.

Offshore industry    

Steel works

Extremely difficult conditions: Dirt and dust, heavy filling, long travel and high temperatures. The system functions since 2003.

Steel works    

Mining industry

The e-chain® is located in the area of the rotating assembly in a bucket-wheel excavator.

Mining industry    

Lignite quarrying

The wagon makes a 180° turn and empties into the coal bunker. The energy chain secures the energy supply of the rotating device.

Lignite quarrying    

Composting plant

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

Composting plant    

Sewage treatment plant

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

Sewage treatment plant    

Excavator

The plain bearings run without lubrication and without significant wear and tear
in the very harsh environmental conditions of construction machinery.

Excavator    

Concrete pipe cutter

Concrete cutting machine in extremely heavy-duty operation since three years free of maintenance.

Concrete pipe cutter    

Ship unloader

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

Ship unloader    

Sewage treatment plant

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

Sewage treatment plant    

Sewage treatment plant

The existing system with a motor cable drum proved to be not resistant enough in the difficult outdoor environmental conditions, and was replaced by a flizz® system.

Sewage treatment plant    

Piling and drilling rigs

The driven boring machine produces extremevibrations and heavy soiling duringthe work process.

Piling and drilling rigs    

Dismantling tool

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

Dismantling tool    

Maintenance-free operation for 8 years

The energy chain employed in 2000 runs smoothly.

Maintenance-free operation for 8 years    

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    

Deep drilling system TBA

Energy chains in automated deep drilling rig.

Deep drilling system TBA    
More examples for difficult and extreme applications
 

Norway. Standing application for Aker Kværner Maritime Hydraulics AS.
Assembled for the half-immersible platform West Edrill.

 

Germany. Dismantling of research reactor Karlsruhe. The dismantling of a nuclear power plant with a zigzag chain.

 

Czech Republic. Lhoist a.s. Modular steel design in lime works.

 

Czech Republic. Fully enclosed E-Chain System® right on the coal conveyor.

 

Czech Republic. Porici company CEZ a.s. Energy supply for coal carriage.

 

Czech Republic. Ventilating machine in the Bunker of a power plant.

 

Midland Bricks in Australia is the largest brick manufacturer worldwide! Three energy chains have been in operation round the clock since three years and still looks the same as it was on the first day.

 

Maanshan steel- and ironworks: High temperatures, large loads, heavy dust and high tempo.

 

voestalpine Stahl Donawitz: High dirt accumulation during scaling of the rails to be milled.

 

Slovakia, aluminum factory. Error-free operation since 9 years. Travel 62 m, Speed 0.3 m/s.

 

Czech Republic. Ventilating machine in lime works.

 

Germany. BASF in Ludwigshafen, premises for fertilizer, since 1998, e-chain®: 4040.32.250.0

 

Austria, Niklasdorf, ABV, district heating plant

 

RTG in India, travel: 22 m, e-chain®: 5050.30.550.0, customer: Kalmar, for ATM

 

Plaster dust

 

Quayside crane with igus® e-chain system®. Long travels up to 800 m are possible.

 

Norway: e-chain® with chainflex® in a truck wash. In contact daily with street dust and mud. chainflex® cables perform exceedingly well.

 

Shagang, steel- and ironworks in China. High temperatures, high speeds, heavy dust.

 

Czech Republic. CEZ a.s. Modular design for the energy supply of a coal excavator.

 

Long travel in a bulk goods storage

 

Crane builder Noell in Panama. Application: RTG; Travel: 19.5 m; up to 60 m/min.

 

Czech Republic. Shipyard Kresice-Loubi; Refueling point for cargo ships.

 

Compost mud

 

Meishan steel and ironworks, Nanjing in China. Crane, heavy dust, high speed.

Tested... tested ... tested

igus® experimental laboratory  

igus® operates the largest test laboratory in its industry, with test setups for energy chains, highly flexible cables, plastic bearings as well as plain bearings, ball bearings and linear bearings, lead screw drives, bar stock, etc.

Everything from a single source

igus® Engineering Service  

Reduce your costs for the realization of energy supply systems. We offer tailored solutions for challenging applications worldwide.

Lower process costs online

igus® online tools  

Use one of our many online tools to configure your product as you need it. Reduce your process costs with online tools and many other useful online services.

Further interesting applications from extremely diverse areas can be found here.