Turning, milling, pressing, hammering, cutting, from low to high automation, from machining centres to production lines: without machine tools there is no production. However, no machine can operate without a reliable supply of electricity, data, air or media. igus energy chains and cables are made to move, to improve machine performance while being easy to install. Servo cables suitable for manufacturer drives, energy chains that can be opened and closed without tools, tubes with chip protection, clamps to prevent crushing of pneumatic hoses, bearing technology made of high-performance plastics for machine doors or rotary movements, robot kinematics, Industry 4.0 sensor technology – we will equip your machine tool.
e-chains, cables, and bearing products for laser, plasma, and water jet cutting machines.
In lathes or lead screws, machine tools nearly always involve some form of rotation. The guidance of electric cables and hydraulic and pneumatic hoses is usually a difficult challenge. Even if each application is customised, most problems can be solved with these six products.
In the area of machine tools, not only do machine failures quickly become very expensive, but troubleshooting them often proves time-consuming. In the area of the energy chain, this problem can be solved with intelligent sensors for predictive maintenance.
During milling and turning, machine tools produce waste which can fly through the air in the form of hot metal swarf and pose a problem for external cables. What few people know, though, is that these cables can be continuously protected with plastic energy chains. For swarf temperatures of up to 850°C.
Errors can quickly become costly during energy supply system design and installation. This requires modular machine tool solutions that are as easy to handle as possible.
The E4Q energy chain was designed on the basis of this idea. Assembly is extremely easy and requires no tools.
This engine manufacturer uses energy chains and abrasion monitoring. Sensors measure the chain wear during operation and notify the user early enough to plan a repair or an exchange.
Discover more than 40 application examples showing how our energy chains and bearing products are used in CNC machines, where they fulfil various requirements. The challenges to be overcome included flying swarf; tight installation spaces; continuous system operation; and quick, easy installation with tight schedules.
Vibrations in machine tools components can lead to machines no longer working precisely, lowering the quality of workpieces and increasing wear of machine components. Energy chains, the "umbilical cord" of the modern machine tool, are a possible source of the problem. To improve their smooth running, innovative solutions are required ...
All products are tested for wear and load capacity under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. This allows precise determination of product service life.
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely customised conditions.