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High performance plastic e-chain® cable carriers and cable management systems directly from the manufacturer


Energy chains online shop

I am familiar with the energy chains from igus and know the dimensions and kinds of movement of my energy supply system.
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Configuration

I know the ambient variables of my application and, working in comfort online, I would like to configure my energy chain or consult an expert about an individual project.
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Energy chains Wiki

I am unsure what energy chain I should choose for my application and need more information.
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Energy chains based on the types of movement

I know the type of movement and require the appropriate energy supply system: horizontal movement, vertical movement, circular and spiral movement etc.
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Be inspired - Success application examples from the field

Where are energy chains used? igus energy chains are reliably used in hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide - from beverage vending machines to steel mills. Across the globe, more than 400,000 customers from 50 branches of industry use igus energy chains.
Cranes Machine tools Woodworking industry Material handling Robotics Bulk handling Offshore Explore all applications
Multi-purpose hall at HUNGEXPO

Multi-purpose hall at HUNGEXPO

Energy chains and chainflex special cables for complex installation under the hall floor
BANG slab transport crane

BANG slab transport crane

Energy chains from igus as energy supply for indoor crane under adverse conditions.
All applications

All applications with energy chains

Across the globe, more than 400,000 customers from 50 branches of industry use igus energy chains.

Frequently asked questions


What is a cable carrier?

Cable carrier (also referred to as energy chain, cable chain, e-chains or cable drag chains) are mechanical machine elements. They play a crucial role in guiding and safeguarding cables and hoses on moving machinery. They prevent tangling, damage from debris, and contact with the machine itself. By using cable carriers, you can extend the service life of both the cables and the machine. Any application involving moving machinery and constant repetitive motion stands to benefit from a cable carrier system. These systems find typical applications in machine tools, woodworking machinery, palletizers, automated robots, cleanrooms, and ship-to-shore cranes.

Standard energy chains

Small energy chains Inner heights: 5 – 32mm

Medium-sized energy chains

Medium-sized energy chains Inner heights: 21 – 48mm

Large energy chains

Large cable chains Inner heights: 21 – 350mm

Robot cable carrier

triflex igus Inner diameter: 12 – 46.8mm

Enclosed cable carrier protects against dirt and swarf

enclosed cable carrier for protection against dirt and swarf Inner heights: 21 – 75mm

All energy chains & accessories

Overview of all energy chains Further families of energy chains
4-year guarantee
We offer a 4-year guarantee
on energy chains.
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Design energy chains the easy way
Basic principles and calculations,
filling rules and more.
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Installation instructions
An overview of all installation instructions
for energy chains.
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New energy chain products in 2024

Moving energy made easy - through innovation and sustainability. Tech up, cost don. It's our job. ​​​​​​​

Moving energy made easy - through innovation and sustainability. Tech up, cost down. It's our job. Discover our new products from this year. You can expect innovative and exciting topics such as
 
  • Guarantee of up to 4 years on energy chains
  • Solutions for standard energy chains
  • Solutions for (dry) cleanrooms: e-skin flat, e-skin soft ESD, triflex for robots in the dry cleanroom
  • Solutions for special applications: charging stations, crane systems and handling equipment

What are the advantages of plastic cable carriers?

  • Cable-friendly due to smooth contours
  • Many options in terms of movement and length
  • Lightweight, modular, strong, quiet, easy to open
  • Energy, data, FOCs, oil, and air guided in a single system
  • Configurable online
  • Predictable service life
  • Little easy-to-perform maintenance, easy to install
  • Can be expanded as an intelligent, self-monitoring system with smart plastics
  • Large catalogue of standard items
Why energy chains from igus?

Order energy chain sample

Are you interested in our energy chain but would like to see it yourself first before making a final decision?
Then please order a FREE sample from us.
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3D CAD portal

Design energy chains in the 3D CAD portal

Design energy chains faster. CAD models for a wide variety of systems. Energy chain design made easy.

Our e-chain is already being used reliably in many hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide - from automatic beverage machines and CNC machines to steelworks. Unsupported lengths can be bridged without problems and long travels are conceivable for the most varied of industries. It has a modular design and is therefore easy to assemble. Completely media-friendly and designed for very small bend radii, igus chains are suitable for small installation spaces as well as for large, heavy and rigid cables or hoses.
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Predictive maintenance solution for cable carriers

  • New sensors allow measurement of percentage bolt/hole connection abrasion levels
  • Cost reduction through clear measurement of the service life of the product –  avoidance of an early replacement of the e-chain system®
  • Output of service life information and warnings via HMI systems or the local network
  • Transmission of sensor and dynamic data via a newly developed LoRa module 
Integrated service life monitoring with smart plastics

Further information on energy chains

Energy chain catalogue

The energy chain catalogue for direct downloading online!

Tested!

Every year, 3,000 e-chain tests are performed in order to ensure that they can withstand the hardest of conditions.  

Recycling programme

Ask igus to recycle your energy chains, irrespective of the manufacturer. How does it work?

Online seminar

Profit from the knowledge and experience of our experts by participating in our online energy chain seminars.  Interactive✓ Informative✓ Free of charge✓

Consulting

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