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Cleanroom tests: Preliminary "cleanroom" test at the igus® lab

Innovative igus® cleanroom technology successfully pass the test!

igus® is one of the leading manufacturers of energy chains in the area of cleanroom technology and has been successfully having its products tested since 1997. What began at the Dryden Engineering Company, California for the E2 mini series 10 and 14 and Zipper series 15 (class 1 (ISO class 3) cleanroom class) was completed with an extensive testing and certification programme in the in-house igus lab (with 2,750 m² floor area, the largest of its kind in Europe) and continued at the Fraunhofer IPA Institute. Today, igus® is therefore able to offer an IPA-certified range of e-chains® that are easy to install and ensure the machine-specific supply of energy in cleanrooms. And for the customer, igus® not only offers energy chains, but also the right cable for moving applications.
In order to manufacture the best possible product for individual customer requirements, igus® constantly tackles the challenges of cleanroom technology anew. A technology that is continually being used for new applications and demands permanent quality improvements from the manufacturer. Due to its intensive research activities, igus® is well prepared for this future market. As the latest development, we have added the cleanroom chain system E6.1 to the product range and subjected it to IPA test procedures. The results surprised even the people carrying out the tests. Despite all the new features, it immediately achieved ISO Class 1. The internationally binding and exacting standard DIN EN ISO 14644-1, which is applicable to cleanroom technology, was complied with. In addition to the many general advantages of the E6.1 system, such as easier handling, lighter weight and even simpler installation, the innovative low-abrasion connector principle makes it ideal for the needs of the cleanroom. Even long unsupported lengths can be bridged. In addition, the E6.1 is characterised by extremely quiet operation in motion, with values from 46dB(A). The E6.1 is thus an IPA-certified, stable second-generation e-chain system®, which has proven its cleanroom suitability.
 
In addition to the energy chains that have been designed to be suitable for cleanrooms, igus® can offer other "normal" e-chains® that have good to excellent test values. Our E3 system has also been awarded the ISO Class 1 quality mark. Conceived as a small, three-piece e-chain, it is designed for dynamic applications, offering smooth, low-vibration and almost silent running with values from as low as 38db(A). Even quieter in operation, the band chain system T3 performs its task with a noise level of only 37db(A). Thanks to the interlinking of side bands that can be plugged into one another, virtually complete freedom from wear is achieved. The T3 is therefore suitable for highly dynamic applications and can be used in a variety of ways in cleanrooms due to its ISO Class 2.
 
The fact that the standard igus® e-chains® are also suitable for cleanrooms is the result of the high quality requirements we place on all our products. Our laboratory in Cologne does the valuable and necessary research, which has been confirmed by the positive test reports of the IPA. The "all-rounder" E4.1 system, which can be used almost universally, was able to meet the IPA standards thanks to meticulous testing by our lab staff, just like the E2/000 system, which enjoys worldwide popularity among mechanical engineers. All in all, the success of all igus® e-chains® on the IPA test rigs demonstrates the appropriateness of our corporate strategy of investing heavily in research and development.
Our e-chains® display their maximum potential in combination with our chainflex® cable types, which are optimally adapted to the highly dynamic energy chains. The customer can choose from a product range consisting of more than 1,354 chainflex® cable types for moving applications. Of these, 620 types* have a cleanroom certificate. They were tested by the IPA as moving cables inserted in e-chains® and performed equally convincingly. The combination of igus® e-chains® and chainflex® cables guarantees optimum performance and a very long service life.

 
 

Energy chains and chainflex® cables in cleanrooms

Hundreds of energy chains and cables with ISO Class 1 to 4 from stock.

Energy chains and chainflex® cables in cleanrooms    

drylin® linear guide systems in the cleanroom

Tested: drylin® cleanroom suitability and ESD compatibility

drylin® linear guide systems in the cleanroom    

*chainflex® cables: chainflex® cables CF130, CF77, CF9, CF27, CF34 plus the CF clean air hose certified in accordance with ISO Class 1 - IPA.