igus System E4/4 Energy Chains For Crane Applications
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. September 27, 2004 igus® Inc. is a leading developer of plastic cable carriers to house and protect moving hoses and cables on automated machinery. Its industry-leading Energy Chain Systems® meet the needs of almost any application, large or small. The System E4/4 Energy Chain® line was developed for heavy-duty and demanding applications in harsh environments, making it an ideal solution for cranes used in port machinery, material handling and other indoor/outdoor applications. System E4/4 is maintenance-free and an alternative to festoon and cable reel systems used on ship-to-shore cranes. The cable carrier can travel as far as 2,600 feet even with heavy loads. Igus Energy Chains are wind and weather resistant and prevent external forces from inciting the cables to whip, swing or tangle. Using Energy Chains also eliminates the potential of the cables catching on the crane structure and causing cable or even crane damage and destruction, unlike a festoon which has hanging cable loops. Furthermore, with an igus Energy Chain, a cable loop station is obsolete, opening up considerable space and enabling a crane trolley and spreader to lift up and deposit containers over the entire length of the crane bridge. More than 350 igus Energy Chain Systems are installed on port machines worldwide, including ship-to-shore cranes, RTGs, RMGs, bulk-handling equipment, indoor cranes, shipyard cranes, man lifts, reach stackers and spreaders. Many of these applications took advantage of igus ReadyChain system, a complete preassembled harnessed system with cable carrier, cables, strain relief, connectors and all accessories. The side links of the System E4/4 Energy Chain are designed to create an overlapping multipurpose grip. The snug mesh of the links increases stability for greater side loads, and the smooth contour seals out dirt, ice, snow and other debris. The E4/4 can also withstand 50 percent greater push-pull forces than the next comparable Energy Chain design, allowing for longer travels.About igusIgus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide® self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings. For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.
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