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... for inspiring applications with e-chains® …e-chain systems® with cables…

Modern polymer energy supply chains are the umbilical cord of mechanical engineering and automation They ensure the safe supply of energy, data, signals and media, continually on the move during this process. They can be used universally – on cranes, machine tools and robots, all the way to Hollywood.

KUKA Cobra

This robot becomes faster, lighter and more compact with an additional axis.

KUKA Cobra    

Sludge treatment

This is the world's largest plastic energy-chain.

Sludge treatment    

Woodworking

Flexible machining of wooden materials with rotations around the own axis for up to 1440 degrees.

Woodworking    

DigitL Pneumatic Hand

e-chains® move the digits on a robotic hand.

DigitL Pneumatic Hand    

Therapy robot

The therapy robot helps patients to walk again after an operation. The robot does not simply limit this to level paths, but also simulates complex paths.

Therapy robot    

Container unloading machine

Containers are unloaded in a highly dynamic and semi-automated manner. The e-chains® are able to support these dynamic forces.

Container unloading machine    

Bread dough shaper

Flour dust and moisture are the most demanding environmental conditions for this application.

Bread dough shaper    

Cutting machine for carbon fibre pipes

In this case, the e-chain® was able to avoid additional sheet-metal fabrication requirements for a hose.

Cutting machine for carbon fibre pipes    

Self-driving transport system

This self-guiding transportation system is intended for logistics automation tasks.

Self-driving transport system    

Crane boom for tankers

This crane can be flexibly adjusted to fuel various types of aircraft.

Crane boom for tankers    

Wire-winding machine

Automated spool changes permit high production rates at high quality.

Wire-winding machine    

Tooling machine

Chip protection in tight work spaces in a machine tool.

Tooling machine    

Porous concrete hardening

Reliable process control in adverse environmental conditions, such as dust, rust and moisture.

Porous concrete hardening    

Hole drilling facility

The e-chain® provides this drilling machine with ESD protection and weather roofing.

Hole drilling facility    

Multifunctional arm for wine-growing

Automated work processes on grape-vines in difficult terrain.

Multifunctional arm for wine-growing    

Passenger boarding bridge

e-chains® replace festoonings on passenger jetways for increased reliability.

Passenger boarding bridge    

Production line for fertilisers

Fewer malfunctions under aggressive environmental conditions at this fertilizer plant.

Production line for fertilisers    

Hall crane equipment

This energy supply saves space by avoiding the trough.

Hall crane equipment    

Concrete production

No more short circuits for demanding logistics tasks.

Concrete production    

Presentation system

Outstanding presentations with the "beamflizzer" without the distracting cable-jungle.

Presentation system    

Autonomic robot

This robot travels on e-chains®.

Autonomic robot    

Coal excavator

Long travel distances and all-weather use for the energy-supply on a coal excavator.

Coal excavator    

Vehicle body milling machine

Chip protection means less cable damage and fewer break-downs.

Vehicle body milling machine    

Cable test stand

Secure separation of individual cables for torsion test purposes.

Cable test stand    

Multi-directional sideloader

This sideloader solves flexible logistics tasks for wooden panels.

Multi-directional sideloader    

Laminate sampler line

By avoiding lubricants, the transported laminated pieces remain clean.

Laminate sampler line    

Melting furnace

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

Melting furnace    

Sewage plant

The energy supply cables at this water treatment facility are protected by an enclosure.

Sewage plant    

Leather cutting machine

The cutting head in this application can perform work with flexibility and speed.

Leather cutting machine    

Waste incineration plant

Temperature and humidity may change throughout the year, but the energy supply will work reliably and consistently.

Waste incineration plant    

Portal system

Conserve energy with an efficient energy supply that uses less energy itself.

Portal system    

Coal silo

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

Coal silo    

Steel plate labelling machine

Fewer malfunctions and reduced maintenance times with easy to fill e-chains®.

Steel plate labelling machine    

Welding robot

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

Welding robot    

Research camera

This camera is used to examine the behavior of solids suspended in liquids.

Research camera    

Window assembly

An unusual combination for the supply of energy and transportation of materials in one.

Window assembly    

Circulation system

Twist-free supply of various media.

Circulation system    

Rotary table

This existing rotary table needed to be retrofitted with an energy supply.

Rotary table    

Escalator cleaner

This cleaning machine can thoroughly clean escalator steps in a single operation.

Escalator cleaner    

Fish protection filter

Ice protection for filters that protect fish.

Fish protection filter    

Zoom X-Ray detector

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

Zoom X-Ray detector    

Machining centre

The highest possible flexibility when milling and drilling in a single step.

Machining centre    

Robots in the automotive industry

An uncluttered work space without distracting cables for high reliability.

Robots in the automotive industry    

Reversible-head trimming shears

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

Reversible-head trimming shears    

Spot-welding robot

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

Spot-welding robot    

Working platform

Various media and a secure energy supply provide for flexible uses.

Working platform    

Milling machine

This solution provides peace of mind and has been successfully in use for more than 10 years.

Milling machine    

Travelling cleaners

High speed process on a textile machine without twisting the power cable.

Travelling cleaners    

Travelling column milling machine

Cable protection from enormous material removal during a milling operation.

Travelling column milling machine    

X-ray device

This flexible system can take x-ray images without moving the patient.

X-ray device    

High-performance
glider]

Easy cable changes and a compact design with ideal dimensions.

High-performance  glider]    

Working platform

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

Working platform    

Lock gates

Salt water resistance and compensation for sideways motions for lock-gate operations.

Lock gates    

Helicopter hangar for ships

Telescope type deploying and retracting of a hangar at sea.

Helicopter hangar for ships    

Collision Avoidance
System]

These applications test systems that will make driving cars safer.

Collision Avoidance  System]    

Material treatment

This application prepares raw material for the subsequent production of screws and rivets.

Material treatment    

Inspection robot

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

Inspection robot    

Machining centre for frames

The tools perform rotating motions of up to 450 degrees, therefore ensuring fast production.

Machining centre for frames    

Cleaning system

This application removes paper dust and ink residue from printing press cylinders.

Cleaning system    

Synchronous motor

This laboratory setup is used to test highly efficient motor systems.

Synchronous motor    

Lighting systems

Adjustable heights on in-store and mall mounted lighting systems.

Lighting systems    

Sliding gate

This automated gate will work in any weather condition.

Sliding gate    

Shelving system for concrete bricks

Data exchange is possible by exchanging the cable drum with an e-chain®.

Shelving system for concrete bricks    

Multimedia panel

This is a visually appealing solution for the many cables used for entertainment electronics.

Multimedia panel    

Sewage channel inspection

This TV inspection system is used to examine tunnel shafts.

Sewage channel inspection    

Transporter for steel coils

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

Transporter for steel coils    

Filling unit

No more malfunctions when dosing fluids with precision.

Filling unit    

Remote dispensing drug

Two air-conditioned zones for storing pharmaceuticals and transporting these to the dispensing station.

Remote dispensing drug    

Casting implements for car rims

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

Casting implements for car rims    

Optical measuring device

Precise motions within the smallest spaces without electro-magnetic interference.

Optical measuring device    

Astronomical telescope

This telescope can be rotated from its original position in both directions by 270° each.

Astronomical telescope    

Hall cranes

Reliable energy supply for crane and gantry travel in waste sorting operations.

Hall cranes    

Handling device

Precise positioning of products in shelves while subject to dirt exposure.

Handling device    

Art installation

e-chains® help display messages of an art installation.

Art installation    

Anti-magnetic linear drive

An innovative linear drive for transporting loads with or without guides.

Anti-magnetic linear drive    

CNC machine

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

CNC machine    

Rocket launch pad

e-chains® supply this entire rocket building with energy.

Rocket launch pad    

Machining centre

Various media in one energy supply system save money and design space.

Machining centre    

Steel production

High speed transportation of hot steel.

Steel production    

Control station

Adjustments tailored to each operator permit ergonomic work processes.

Control station    

Tunnel building crane

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

Tunnel building crane    

Safety doors

The screen doors of this large milling center are operated electrically.

Safety doors    

Wood transport

Weather protection for the exterior transport of wooden panels.

Wood transport    

Handling roof tiles

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

Handling roof tiles    

X-ray machine

This global innovation can be used to approach a patient in any desired position.

X-ray machine    

Agricultural sprayers

These hydraulic sprayers are used to distribute fertilizers and pesticides.

Agricultural sprayers    

Truck washing bay

This washing system is installed under the open sky in Brazil.

Truck washing bay    

Milking robot

This milking robot can perform its activities around the clock in the open field.

Milking robot    

Coal transport system

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

Coal transport system    

Service robot

This robot has completely unrestricted movements to achieve a nearly humanoid impression.

Service robot    

Ball robot

A robot that can throw balls up to a distance of 16 meters.

Ball robot    

Harvesting machine

The entire harvest, including fruit packaging in a single process step.

Harvesting machine    

Assembly robot

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

Assembly robot    

Automatic multi-storey car park

Automobiles are parked and subsequently retrieved without the driver's involvement.

Automatic multi-storey car park    

Helicopters

Lighter components for aviation applications by avoiding separators.

Helicopters    

Intelligent glass door

An E3 series e-chain® ensures the quiet operation of this roller gate and supplies the gate with the necessary power.

Intelligent glass door    

Asphalting system

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

Asphalting system    

Handling robot

This robot has no difficulty dealing with heavy loads when loading and unloading conveyor belts.

Handling robot    

Spirits case

Very ornate packaging for alcoholic beverages.

Spirits case    

Lathe

This lathe can perform complex machining tasks on large work pieces.

Lathe    

Assembly robot

Clean separation of various media in the automobile industry.

Assembly robot    

Test stand for control centres

Only extensive earthbound testing can demonstrate the suitability of components for space applications.

Test stand for control centres    
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