- April 08, 2016
- igus, Inc.
April 8, 2016 - Igus introduces micro flizz MF10 cable system that provides data, energy and media at 6 m/s and up to 100 metres in length for longitudinal travels in storage and retrieval machines.
It consists of a plastic energy chain, flexible chainflex cables for movements with very tight bending radii and an aluminium housing..
The energy chain made of plastic, which moves in a guide channel made of anodised extruded aluminium profile, has a built-in "side wing." This holds the chain firmly in the pre-tensioned position at all times in a special groove in the upper and lower part of the channel. The wings swing out automatically when the chain bends in the radius. Together with plastic springs on the crossbars of the e-chain, they provide a soft and quiet rolling, because the upper run of the chain does not rest on the lower run. This means the friction, wear, energy consumption and noise development are reduced significantly. A rolling carriage at the end of the chain acts here as a moving end. Using a counter-running arrangement, even two e-chains can run simultaneously in a guide channel in order to move still more cables.
The modular design of this complete system allows easy adaption to different applications, and the filling of the energy chain can be varied. Thus, for example, even fibre optic cables from the chainflex product range with transmission rates of more than 10 GBit/s can be routed without any problems.
Pneumatic hoses, as used in storage and retrieval vehicles with pneumatic grippers, can be integrated in the micro flizz. Even travel speeds of up to 6 m/s and accelerations of up to 50 m/s2 are reliably free of trouble and maintenance, and loads up to 50 kilograms can be carried by the moving end. A virtually wear-free operation was observed in an igus in-house test with over one million double strokes, or a covered distance of 6,000 kilometres. A winner of the iF Design Award, the system is also characterised by easy installation. With the universal 3 T-groove mounting bracket, the connection is quick and user-friendly.
igus GmbH is a globally leading manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings. The Cologne-based family business has offices in 36 countries and employs around 2,700 people around the world. In 2014, igus generated a turnover of 469 million euros with motion plastics, plastic components for moving applications. igus operates the largest test laboratories and factories in its sector to offer customers quick turnaround times on innovative products and solutions tailored to their needs igus, Energy Chain, DryLin, Chainflex, iglide, ReadyChain, Triflex, and igubal are registered trademarks of igus Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.