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Heavy plastics - applications in power stations

40 years' experience

igus® is a specialist in the area of plastic research and can look back on 40 years of experience here. Specially developed high-performance plastics enable the use of igus® e-chain systems® in almost all application areas. Damp, dirt, chips, heat, cold, we have the solution for every requirement and do not use any steel or other metals in our e-chain® materials. In an increasing number of heavy duty areas, steel systems are being successfully replaced by igus® plastic e-chains® due to their exceptional suitability.


State your requirements and we fulfil them:

Corrosion-free

Cost-efficient, modular design

Long life at minimum maintenance costs

Resistance against dirt, chemicals and high temperatutres

Proven, tested material with igus® system garantee

Low weight with high stability

TÜV certified



That is only a few points that we consider when selecting and designing your "heavy-duty system". See all the things for yourself that are possible in the heavy-duty area with igus® - plastics for longer life®.

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    

Handling facility

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

Handling facility    

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    

Coal silo

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

Coal silo    

Coal transport system

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

Coal transport system    

Coal excavator

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

Coal excavator    

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    

Bucket wheel reclaimer

This bucket wheel reclaimer also has to be equipped with a assembling of +/-180° which can move in a circle. The e-chains® have to acced this movement.

Bucket wheel reclaimer    

Coke oven

This system feeds coal to the compressor of a coke oven.

Coke oven    

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    

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    

Coal-fired power plant

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

Coal-fired power plant    

Power plants

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

Power plants    

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    

Bucket wheel stacker

This contribution also concerns a circular application that has been designed with an igus® energy chain with rearward bending radius.

Bucket wheel stacker    
More examples for difficult and extreme applications
 

Norway. Upright application for Aker Kværner Maritime Hydraulics AS.
Pre-assembled for the semi-submersible platform West Edrill.

 

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

 

Czech Republic. Lhoist a.s. modular principle steel construction in lime works.

 

Czech Republic. Enclosed e-chain system® directly on coal conveyor.

 

Czech Republic. Porici company CEZ a.s. power supply for coal transportation.

 

Czech Republic. Ventilation machine in underground storage facility of a power station.

 

Midland Bricks in Australia is the largest brick manufacturer in the world! Three e-chains® have been in operation round the clock since 2003 and still look the same as on the first day.

 

Maanshan steel and ironworks: High temperatures, large loads, a lot of dust and high speed.

 

voestalpine Stahl Donawitz: High level of dirt during descaling of the rails to be milled.

 

Slovakia, aluminium works. Error-free operation for 9 years. Distance 62 m, speed 0,3 m/s.

 

Czech Republic. Ventilation machine in lime works.

 

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

 

Austria, Niklasdorf, ABV, district heating plant

 

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

 

Plaster dust

 

Quayside crane with igus® e-chain systems®. Long distances 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 system for supplying power to a coal excavator.

 

Long distance in a bulk goods storage facility

 

Crane builder Noell in Panama. Application: RTG; distance: 19,5 m; up to 60 m/min.

 

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

 

Compost mud

 

Meishan steel and iron works, Nanjing in China. Crane, heavy dust, high tempo.

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