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Modern polymer energy supply chains are the umbilical cord of mechanical engineering and automation These energy chains® ensure the safe supply of energy, data, pulses and operating media and are always in motion. They can be used universally – on cranes, machine tools and robots, all the way to Hollywood.

 

Cable robot

This cable robot is used in automated high-bay shelving systems.

Cable robot    

High-speed camera

Die Highspeed-Kamera „E-Liner CAM“ kann sich mitbis zu 23 Metern pro Sekunde parallel zum Testobjekt bewegen und wird dabei mitbis zu 750 m/s2 beschleunigt.

High-speed camera    

Punching and bending machine

igus® e-chains® of the type 2480 and 2500 are installed in this servo-controlled punching and bending machine RM-NC with innovative slide positioning unit.

Punching and bending machine    

Spotlight installation

This impressive spotlight installation was used on the South American tour of the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez.

Spotlight installation    

Industrial machine

This machine was developed for the high-speed machining of large precision parts.

Industrial machine    

Working platform

This working platform is usually used for underground mining. Up to now, hoses and cables hung loosely from it, which meant they could get caught easily and become damaged.

Working platform    

Thickness measuring device

This device measures the thickness of films.

Thickness measuring device    

Welding plant

Two tanks are put together in this welding facility. Therefore two welding devices mounted on a slide, move in a circular movement around the tank.

Welding plant    

Production machine

This machine is used for processing metal parts.

Production machine    

Floodlight

No matter whether it‘s in the garden, on building sites or during a disaster operation: this compact floodlight will ensure sufficient illumination every time.

Floodlight    

Lift bridge

The centre section of this bridge over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery in the USA can be raised and lowered using a lifting mechanism.

Lift bridge    

Multimedia cabinet

This multimedia cabinet with a height-adjustable monitor conceals lots of cables which used to simply hang out loose.

Multimedia cabinet    

Treatment chair

This height of this treatment chair can be adjusted steplessly.

Treatment chair    

Crane

There was no standard solution available to developers who wished to route their supply cables over a length of 15 metres in their crane.

Crane    

Rotational axis for robots

A solution suitable for series production was required for routing the supply line of servo-driven rotational axes on linear robots.

Rotational axis for robots    

Rotary table

This rotary table for wireless access points rotates reliably without impairing signal reception.

Rotary table    

Humidity measurement

This plant measures the humidity in technical textiles – without contact – at any point on the belts, which are up to 6 metres wide.

Humidity measurement    

Robots

During the spectacular Festival of Lights in Lyon/France, several robots supported the impressive outdoor illuminations.

Robots    

Wall bracket

This wall bracket allows the TV set to be swivelled through 120 degrees. Up to now, cables simply hung loosely and became tangled after several swivelling movements, causing the cables to break.

Wall bracket    

Measuring system

This measuring system is moved on a slide through pipes up to seven metres long.

Measuring system    

Stripper in the sedimentation tank

The stripper in sedimentation tanks has an important function: It constantly moves backwards and forwards and filters solids out of the water, which is then forwarded for further treatment.

Stripper in the sedimentation tank    

Labelling machine

This labelling machine takes labels from the stack, applies adhesive and then fixes the labels to the packaging.

Labelling machine    

Soldering machine

In this PCB soldering machine, igus® e-chains® ensure the reliable supply of current, nitrogen and oxygen.

Soldering machine    

Perfect guidance

The rotary collectors of this woodworking machine were extremely prone to malfunction in the past, and had to be renewed every six months due to damaged electric and hydraulic lines.

Perfect guidance    

Paddle-wheel equipment

This paddle-wheel stacker is used for the intermediate storage of bauxite outdoors and can be moved linearly over a distance of around 330 metres horizontally

Paddle-wheel equipment    

Transport system

This transport system is used in a coking plant.

Transport system    

Folding sliding blinds

These folding sliding blinds are motor-driven and thus automatically protect entire extensively glazed façades from sun radiation.

Folding sliding blinds    

Scanner

This scanner is used on a forklift truck.

Scanner    

Cartesian manipulator

This Cartesian manipulator uses three mutually independent motors for measurements, each of which has to be supplied with current and data.

Cartesian manipulator    

Elevators

Twisted electric lines on the elevators and lifting platforms from this manufacturer permanently led to problems.

Elevators    

Drilling and piling machines

These drilling and piling machines are used in railway construction, for example, to set concrete piles for electric cables.

Drilling and piling machines    

Concert hall

To avoid spoiling the impressive architectural appearance of the concert house in Aalborg/Denmark, the cables were to be routed as discreetly as possible from the distributor box to the lighting technology.

Concert hall    

Park robot

Using this automatic parking system, the driver simply delivers his car at a handover station.

Park robot    

Handling facility

Cole is transported in this handling facility over a distance of 200 meters.

Handling facility    

High frequency welding apparatus

This high-frequency welding apparatus moves in a working area of 8 x 2,5 metres and rotates about 360 degrees.

High frequency welding apparatus    

Laboratory instrument

This device is used in biological laboratories up to protection level BSL-3.

Laboratory instrument    

Production machine

This machine is used in the production lines of Bosch and Philips.

Production machine    

Polishing machine

This machine polishes the straight sides of stones and slabs made of granite or marble.

Polishing machine    

Bore vehicle

In this bore vehicle, there are up to 6 metres height difference between the mobile machine head and the hydraulic control.

Bore vehicle    

Robot arm

This robot arm is part of an automatic assembling system.

Robot arm    

Multi-functional CNC hybrid machine

This CNC hybrid machine is a real all-rounder.

Multi-functional CNC hybrid machine    

Cartesian robot

This Cartesian robot is used for the production of concrete cavity walls.

Cartesian robot    

Motion simulator

The MPI cyber motion simulator has been developed as an alternative to conventional motion simulators.

Motion simulator    

Sample collector

This machine automatically takes samples from a coal conveyor belt.

Sample collector    

Rotary table

The energy chains® used in this rotary table in a robot welding cell before were a long way from fulfilling their task:

Rotary table    

The system operates very silent now.

This patient positioning and imaging system is used in the radiotherapy.

The system operates very silent now.    

Penetrometer

This penetrometer is used for soil analysys in the deep sea.

Penetrometer    

Industrial machine

In this industrial machine, the energy cables, data cables and air hoses have to be routed over several steps.

Industrial machine    

Production machine

This machine picks up packaging from a thermoforming machine and sets them down on a belt for further processing.

Production machine    

Edge-jointing unit

This machine connects a CNC machining centre with 5-axis technology to an edge-jointing unit, permitting new design options for furniture.

Edge-jointing unit    

Production machine

This machine takes over core removal during the production of cast iron moulds.

Production machine    

Pontoon

The service boats of a wind farm operator are prepared for use at this pontoon in Barrow-in-Furness, Great Britain.

Pontoon    

Testing device

This testing device is used to inspect and service transport and power cables made of steel.

Testing device    

Filling system

This positioning unit of a bottling plant operates continuously.

Filling system    

Lifting system

The lifting system "Spiralift" is used in theatres and concert halls all over the world to raise and lower parts of the stage, for example.

Lifting system    

X-ray machine

This X-ray machine can be turned through 90 degrees and moved in a longitudinal direction on a slide.

X-ray machine    

Friction welding robot

Maximum precision is required for this friction welding robot.

Friction welding robot    

Unloading station

Railway carriages are unloaded at this station in the Vanino coal-fired power station in Russia by means of a rotating drum structure.

Unloading station    

Floating dock

This floating dock is used to build ports and port facilities.

Floating dock    

Welding plant

This plant welds metal sheets and requires a large number of cables and lines for this purpose.

Welding plant    

Tide turbine

Tide turbines generate electricity from fast-flowing water.

Tide turbine    

Industrial robots

This robot can be used at numerous industrial workstations.

Industrial robots    

Mobile service points

These mobile service points can be disconnected extremely easily from the power and data cable.

Mobile service points    

Industrial robots

Presses can be loaded and unloaded as quick as a flash with this double solution. With the so-called "Twin Robot Xbar", two robots work in parallel and serve a total of ten axes.

Industrial robots    

Production machine

This machine separates metal sheets which are stacked on a lifting table.

Production machine    

Transfer table

This transfer table in the English harbour town of Felixstowe ensures that railway engines are moved quickly to the correct one of eight tracks.

Transfer table    

Industrial robots

This machine automatically turns packs of ceramic tiles during palletizing in such a way that the information labels for further transport are visible

Industrial robots    

Laser machine

This high-tech laser machine is used for the production of modern jeans.

Laser machine    

Production machine

The production machine saws, mills and punches aluminium sheets.

Production machine    

Coil crane

On this coil crane, the motor-driven cable drums required a lot of maintenance.

Coil crane    

Production machine

This production machine processes collector pipes of up to 24 metres in length for boilers.

Production machine    

Welding tool

This laser welding tool is used in the production of solar collectors.

Welding tool    

Crane

With this container crane, the pivoting movements often led to damage to the hydraulic pipes.

Crane    

Process crane

In this process crane there was a number of required cables and less space available.

Process crane    

Transporter

This vehicle was especially designed for the transport of windcraft wings.

Transporter    

Cutter console

For this cutter console, the available space was to low in the machine and the travel length was 2 metres, which was to long for the use of a conventional energy chain®.

Cutter console    

Building machine

In this buiding machine, numerous cables need to be guided safely towards the moving parts.

Building machine    

Industrial robots

This robot ensures to transport components faster from one press to the other.

Industrial robots    

Vacuum band stacker

This vacuum band stacker is the last unit in a cut-to-length line for aluminium band of thicknesses 0.8 to 3 mm and stainless steel bend in thicknesses 0.5 to 5 mm.

Vacuum band stacker    

Test station

This test station was developed to test linear drives with variable movements.

Test station    

Plasma cutting machine

This plasma cutting machine cuts metal plates at maximum speed.

Plasma cutting machine    

Industrial robots

This robot measures various small parts and performs a rotation about 300 degrees and a lift of 100 millimeters.

Industrial robots    

CNC drilling machine

This drilling machine is absolutely precise.

CNC drilling machine    

Safely transported

So far pallets were used to deliver energy chain systems®.

Safely transported    

Press

This hydraulic press punches holes into beams.

Press    

Security door

This security door resists almost everything and is even used in the car industry.

Security door    

Footrest

This footrest is used in trams.

Footrest    

Plasma cutting system

This plasma cutting system cuts plates on a length of 45 metres and a width of 4 metres.

Plasma cutting system    

Paint-spray line

In this paint-spray line, which was developed for small and medium-sized business in the automotive, railway, shipbuilding and construction industries, a robot guarantees perfect paint application.

Paint-spray line    

Automated warehouse

This warehouse is loaded automatically.

Automated warehouse    

Freezing cold solution

This shockfreezer defrosts automatically.

Freezing cold solution    

Production machine

This production machine applies silicon as a seal to casements.

Production machine    

Art installation

In this installation by the artist Ron Arad, an artificial hand „scratches“ pictures into a glass plate with a diamond ring.

Art installation    

Packaging machines

This packing machine automatically turns single bottles inside the packing into the desired position.

Packaging machines    

Robots

This robot moves very smooth.

Robots    

Core sand mixing plant

This core sand mixing plant is extraordinary.

Core sand mixing plant    

Robots

This robot is intended for space missions.

Robots    

Lifting system

These lifting systems are used in the assembly line of Airbus Nantes.

Lifting system    

Caterpillar

You can ride on this overdimensional caterpillar.

Caterpillar    

Rehabilitation machine

This rehabilitation machine increases the moveability of handicapped people.

Rehabilitation machine    

Television studio

This construction is used in a TV studio to realize different stage designs within a very short time.

Television studio    

Hydraulic crane

It was very complicated to install or replace hydraulic hoses at this crane.

Hydraulic crane    

Crane

This crane transports billets with the help of a magnet traverse in a steelwork.

Crane    

Galvanization facility

Six transport trolleys move material through the individual stations in this galvanization plant.

Galvanization facility    

Industrial robots

This robot is used for palletizing in industrial productions.

Industrial robots    

Production machine

This production machine is used for the milling and turning of materials.

Production machine    

Firing range

Police and security forces as well as Olympic athletes train at this firing range.

Firing range    

Drive

There was only limited design space available for the new development of a drive for industrial trucks.

Drive    

Feed unit

This plant serves a laser with ten frames.

Feed unit    
 

Further Applications

More applications from different sectors can be found here

Because of a current peak in orders, our delivery times have increased temporarily to 6-12 working days for e-chain systems and chainflex® cables. We are doing all we can to reduce delivery times as quickly as possible.

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