Large machine tools

Energy chains, cables, and
bearing technology for gantry machining centres

In tool- and mould-making, gantry machine tools allow the machining of large components. This places enormous demands on cable guidance systems, which often reach travels of more than ten metres and must safely move the heavy weights of the various energy and data cables and hydraulic lines.
In order to reliably handle this task even in three-shift operation, seven days a week, we are constantly refining our energy chain systems for machine tools. Maximum system and planning reliability in day-to-day operations are always the focus here.
Large machine tools

Tech up and Cost down: our top products for large machine tools

E4Q energy chain

E4Q energy chain system

  • Highly robust and modular
  • Optional noise dampeners for quieter operation
  • Reduction in material leads to lighter weight
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Energy chain

Horizontal upper run guide

  • Allows long energy chain travels
  • Chips cannot settle between the gliding surfaces
Learn more about the guidelok guidance system
Intelligent connector system

Intelligent connector system

  • Strain relief in the housing
  • Space-saving due to flat housing
  • Connectors adapted to energy chain geometry
Find out more about Module Connect

i.Cee predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance

  • Intelligent software and sensor technology on the e-chain
  • Possible maintenance needs reported before failure occurs
Find out more about smart plastics

Plain bearings for tool changers

  • Completely lubrication and maintenance-free plain bearings
  • Made of wear-optimised iglidur material
  • Calculate service life with online tools
Find out more about iglidur plain bearings
Module Connect

The best price-CABLE ratio

  • Up to 36 months guarantee
  • Use the price check to find the most cost-effective cable that is guaranteed to work
Learn more about chainflex cables

Large machine tool application stories: The right solution for any challenge.

Tested for real-world applications in the industry's largest test laboratory

A look at the chainflex and e-chain test laboratory Take a look at our chainflex and e-chain test laboratory, where 10 billion cycles are tested annually.
Extremely swarf-resistant energy tubes In our in-house laboratory, we test the swarf resistance of energy tubes under real-world conditions.

Further information

Magazine for machine tools

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e-chains configurator

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Magazine for energy chain systems

Information about our energy chains and use cases
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igus blogs

Plastic chains despite 850°C chips? Sensors in e-chains? Important topics dealt with clearly.
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