igus’ Standard Polymer Cable-carrier Material Meets Class 1 Clean Room Requirements
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. March 29, 2005 All standard Energy Chains® from igus® Inc., the leading developer of all-polymer cable carriers, meet Class 1 clean room limitations as set forth by Federal Standard 209E. Intensive laboratory tests performed by an independent engineering lab corroborate this finding.Most cable carriers on the market easily fall into the less stringent Class 10 category, but with todays advancements in clean room technology and applications, this is no longer enough. Because igus standard carrier material meets Class 1 criteria, delivieries for these applications are immediate, with no modifications, leading to faster, easier installations.The independendant particulation test involved a through-the-floor Class 1 clean room setup, measuring three separate carrier sections at >0.10, >0.20, >0.30, >0.50, >0.70 and >1.0 microns. Background counts were run periodically throughout the process and verified that the clean room conditions did not alter during testing. Each carrier section was measured for particulation at 15 points along a three-foot stroke, 20-inch/second linear apparatus, using a bending radius of 1.9 inches, simulating a common configuration for wafer handling systems and microchip production equipment. The carriers were tested through three trial analyses to create an average. In every case, the standard engineered polymer material, igumid G, used with all off-the-shelf igus Energy Chains, was well within Class 1 parameters. 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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