triflex® R (R for "round") is the third generation 3-axis energy chains from igus®. The multiaxial energy supply system triflex® R has been specially developed for the sophisticated 6-axis robotic applications in harsh industrial environments. Some of the important design features are: Fiber rod option for the partial reinforcement of the triflex® R, approximately ±10° Torsion per chain link, high tensile strength through ball-and-socket joint. In the meantime, the triflex® R product range consists of more than 100 components, so that all requirements of large welding robots up to the small pallet robots can be met. triflex® R has received the iF design award.

Typical industrial sectors and applications:

First choice for industrial robots, machine tools, 6-axle handling equipment, conveyor technology, general mechanical engineering and many more.

Overview of triflex® R applications:

Automatic injection moulding

Here, a triflex® from igus® protects the pneumatic lines attached to a robot: it is an integrated part of an injection moulding line.

Automatic injection moulding    

Industry washing facility

A robot is positioned in a washing chamber and the cables for sensor or pneumatic hoses revive its six axles.

Industry washing facility    

Industrial robots

A perpendicular robot with 16 axes – used for the transportation and assembly of heavy working equipment.

Industrial robots    

CNC technology

CNC drilling or milling – simultaneously at both sides of the machine tool shaft.

CNC technology    

Automotive industry

Electronic components in vehicles are checked over again in the last production segment – robots check all the systems on the interior.

Automotive industry    

Automation

Robot controlled procedure in the car industry: Spot welding or arc welding are applications that are used in very different assemblies.

Automation    

Automotive industry

The demand for reliable, energy-saving light solutions is growing.

Automotive industry    

Antenna

A Discone antenna rotates about + / - 360 degrees an in the vertical axis about + / - 130 degrees.

Antenna    

Four-fold load capability

Multi-dimensionally moving energy supply system for a palletising robot

Four-fold load capability    

Robotic systems in automotive welding and assembly lines

Compactly built and 3D movable energy supply system

Robotic systems in automotive welding and assembly lines    

Mobile laser hardening system

Reliable 3D energy-chain for a mobile laser hardening system

Mobile laser hardening system    

CNC multi-spindle lathes

Greater freedom of motion at very high cycle rates

CNC multi-spindle lathes    

3D plasma cutting heads

Having the ability to move in all directions, 3D energy chains permit axes to swivel continuously.

3D plasma cutting heads    

Assembly robot

Clean separation of various media in the automobile industry.

Assembly robot    

Hall crane equipment

This energy supply saves space by avoiding the trough.

Hall crane equipment    

Multi-directional sideloader

This sideloader solves flexible logistics tasks for wooden panels.

Multi-directional sideloader    

Melting furnace

This furnace, which is used to melt stainless steel, is operated at very high temperatures.

Melting furnace    

Welding robot

Increased speeds and acceleration by exchanging festoonings with e-chains®.

Welding robot    

CNC machine

This equipment is used to machine metal components used in construction equipment.

CNC machine    

Zoom X-Ray detector

Only maintenance-free components can be used in this x-ray application.

Zoom X-Ray detector    

Robots in the automotive industry

An uncluttered work space without distracting cables for high reliability.

Robots in the automotive industry    

Spot-welding robot

An uncluttered work space and fewer malfunctions are possible without distracting cables.

Spot-welding robot    

Inspection robot

Light-weight and mobile robot to inspect pipes on inclines and declines.

Inspection robot    

CNC automatic lathes

Pre-assembled e-chain systems® increase machine availability in CNC automatic lathes.

CNC automatic lathes    

Automotive industry

Multidimensionally moveable energy supply systems provide the highest flexibility and the longest holding times in all complex movements, and at the same time are installation friendly.

Automotive industry    

Clean room technology

The number of freely hanging cables should be bundled together. The specific movements executed by the robot stress the energy cables to a high degree.

Clean room technology    

Pharmaceutical industry

The task was to design a reliable handling and also update it optically according to the latest technology.

Pharmaceutical industry    

8 hours saved in installation

By the use of triflex® RS, the start-up of a complete system for robot-aided production of household appliances could be shortened from 12 to 4 hours.

8 hours saved in installation    

Multi-axis robots

Due to the high degree of freedom from maintenance, all axes of a 6-axis robot were equipped with multi-dimensional energy chains® in the retrofit process.

Multi-axis robots    

Satellite salvage service

An increasing amount of space junk, in other words no longer required or defect parts from space missions orbiting the earth, is also threatening current missions.

Satellite salvage service    

Household appliances production

Just 24 hours passed between order, delivery and installation. The entire system functions without any problem from the first day on.

Household appliances production    

Photovoltaics

Dust, sand, heat and rain: Energy chain for the solar technology for multiaxial movements in a photovoltaic plant.

Photovoltaics    

Project ADVOCUT

Design of a machine tool with highly integrated mechatronic milling module.

Project ADVOCUT    

Suspended articulated arm robot

triflex® R as a complete solution for several tasks at once on a suspended robot

Suspended articulated arm robot    

Assembly line

Robot in a Ford assembly line in Cologne.

Assembly line    

Handling system

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

Handling system    

Automatic screwdriver system

A faultless supply of screws is guaranteed by the bend protection of the triflex® R system.

Automatic screwdriver system    

Dummy robot

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

Dummy robot    

Cable guide on the robot

Prior to the use of the e-chain®, the cables were fastened with cable ties. That frequently led to entangled cables and the corkscrew effect, which lets the cables become susceptible to core ruptures.

Cable guide on the robot    

Cable guide on the robot

In the case of these robots, the hosepackage had to be replaced very fewweeks.

Cable guide on the robot    

Cable guide on the robot

In the case of this industrial robot, a rigid pipe between the 3rd and 6th axis wasreplaced by a multidimensional, flexible triflex® R energy chain®.

Cable guide on the robot    

Laser measuring telescope

The rotary motion in both directions by up to 310° is also possible at high speeds of up to 20 meters per second.

Laser measuring telescope    

Robot for printed circuit boardhandling

For the handling of printed circuit boards, a six-axis robot is used in the case of this application instead of the usual linear systems.

Robot for printed circuit boardhandling    

Photovoltaic tracking system

Automatically aligning the photovoltaic tracking systems to the position of the sun with the aid of lubricant-free plastic plain bearings produces a particularly high efficiency.

Photovoltaic tracking system    

Laser-welding-robot

This laser welding robot works extremely fast. Here, a very flexible and, above all, fail-safe energy supply system is required.

Laser-welding-robot    

Large Binocular Telescope

After its completion, this giant telescope in Arizona(USA) will look deep into our universe; the two mainmirrors each have diameter of 8.4 metres.

Large Binocular Telescope    

SCARA robot

The special feature of thisapplication is the hot chips produced during the machining process, which do not stick tothe igus® e-chain® and therefore extremely reduce the maintenance expenditure as a result.

SCARA robot    

Dragon robot

A robot as an actor: Tradinno is one of the main actors in Germany's oldest folk play the "Further Drachenstich".

Dragon robot    

Assembly robot

The combination of movements in different axes makes it difficult to dimension the cables properly. If they are too short, they tear.

Assembly robot    

High-frequency
spindle robot

This high-frequency spindle robot has been improved – not only in terms of looks – by the use of the universal module triflex® RS.

High-frequency   spindle robot    

Industrial scanners

Here, igus® e-chains® are used in two industrial scanner applications. With the first application, cracks can be determined in concrete slabs.

Industrial scanners    

Control robot

This robot in a car factory is the “supervisor” over five smaller robots that supply it.

Control robot    

Assembly robot

These robots assemble household appliances such as dishwashers. They ensure safe handling when welding two plastic moulded parts.

Assembly robot    

Lithotripter

This device breaks down kidney stones using electromagnetic shock waves, so that an operation is no longer necessary.

Lithotripter    

Spot-welding robot

The downtimes have been drastically reduced through the use of an igus® solution for this robot in automotive construction, too.

Spot-welding robot    

Robot for car glass handling

igus® triflex® R has successfully replaced the previous solution attempted with this robot, too.

Robot for car glass handling    

Robot in car factory

Extremely cramped conditions repeatedly led to problems with energy chains® used with robots in a car factory.

Robot in car factory    

Robot arm for labeling

The robot arm in this application labels car parts. Its special feature is the almost fence- less operation.

Robot arm for labeling    

MIG welding robot

Cable protection is particularly important for this application, since the welding robot works with gas!

MIG welding robot    

Cableway switch

Every day, the cableway cabins on the Kitzsteinhorn cableway have to be moved off or put back onto the storage sidings in the top and bottom stations.

Cableway switch    

Self-stabilizing platform "Ampelmann“

This platform, which has been given the name “Ampelmann”, is used on the open sea.

Self-stabilizing platform "Ampelmann“    

Tobacco packaging

A lot of dust occurs during the tobacco packing. For this reason, an e-chain® that works perfectly even under very dusty conditions had to be found for this packaging machine.

Tobacco packaging    

Test equipment

Robot energy chain triflex® R in test equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.

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