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The large igus® the-chain test lab

Reducing costs while guaranteeing the highest possible process reliability: only companies such as igus® that invest heavily in testing and research can successfully address these competing requirements. In the industry's largest test laboratory, more than 10 trillion test cycles are carried out every year at 180 testing stations with e-chains® and chainflex® cables.
Our mechanical engineering components pass the acid test of production reality as they have already been tested before leaving the igus® warehouse.

energy chain® and cable test lab

Better products, but more affordable – a key ingredient: igus® research and development.

 

View of the igus® test laboratory

Leak test in the chip drum

 

Endurance tests of moving cables

 

Media-resistance tests of e-chains® and cables

 

Cold tests in climatic test cabinets as low as -40°C

 

Test of tribological properties of the bearings

 

View of the e-chainsystems® test laboratory

 
Bending/breakage tests of e-chains®  
 

Details of current tests

Test of E4.48L in comparison with competitor's product

igus® E4.48L and a competitor's product are tested with regard to unsupported length as well as tensile strength and resistance to breakage.

Test of E4.48L in comparison with competitor's product    

e-tube R4.38L

igus® plastic e-tube R4.38L vs. competitor's closed energy chain made of metal

e-tube R4.38L    

Offshore comparison test

Offshore energy chain for use on the seabed

Offshore comparison test    

igus® locks

74% stronger cross bars with igus® locks

igus® locks    

Oil test with e-chains®

Ranging from metal chips to wood dust and fluids: we have the right solution for your energy supply system.

Oil test with e-chains®    

Tensile and breaking test of the largest plastic e-chain®

The standard test machines are not strong enough to break the E4.350.

Tensile and breaking test of the largest plastic e-chain®    

Noise test

Noise testing on P4 profile roller e-chain®

Noise test    

Rigid mounting brackets

Absorption of maximum bending torque on rigid mounting brackets, so that these function reliably even when exposed to lateral acceleration.

Rigid mounting brackets    

Series P4

Series P4 - endurance runner for long travels at high speeds.

Series P4    

Tensile testing with energy chains in oil

Tensile testing with energy chains in oil

Tensile testing with energy chains in oil    

Cable wear virtually halved

Interior separation in e-chains®: Cable wear virtually halved under the toughest conditions.

Cable wear virtually halved    

Cleanroom tests

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

Cleanroom tests    

Test 2233 - CF5.10.25 control cable

CF5.10.25 control cable withstands 42 million strokes with a bend radius of 100 mm.

Test 2233 - CF5.10.25 control cable    

Lighter energy chain with less sag

Lighter energy chain with less sag

Lighter energy chain with less sag    

Comparison of unsupported length

How does the unsupported length of the igus® e-chains® Series E2.15 and 08 differ under load?

Comparison of unsupported length    

e-chain® series E6.1 is extremely quiet

e-chain® series E6.1 is extremely quiet

e-chain® series E6.1 is extremely quiet    

Test report - e-spool

The requirements regarding the permissible volume of noise produced by moving products in the stage area are very high.

Test report - e-spool    

Comparison test: E4.42, E4.48L and 3500

e-chain comparison test: E.4.42, E4.48L and 3500

Comparison test: E4.42, E4.48L and 3500    

Test of e-chain® E4

chainflex® cables show no wear even after 222,776 cycles

Test of e-chain® E4