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Introduction: Designing with igus®

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igus® e-chain systems®

... have been assigned the task of guiding energy and data to moving consumers both safely and reliably. They can be used in a wide variety of applications:

For diverse types of movement and travels

For supplying power as well as sensitive bus and data cables, FOCs, gases, air and liquids

For high dynamic loads and demanding service life requirements

In a wide range of environments and climate zones

We would like to use the following pages to provide you with important information and tips that should be noted in the design of safe and reliable igus® e-chain systems®. All details are based on test results from the igus® laboratory and practical experience made since 1971. In addition, we would like to draw your attention to our free project planning service: fill out the igus® system planning fax template or provide your technical details at or give us a call. We can promise you: the answer or the solution will be on your desk within 24 hours (on working days).

igus® laboratory and practical experience

Our calculations and analyses are based on the result of ongoing pratical tests in our Technical Center and our experience of more then three decades with gliding applications. The focal points of our tests are push-pull forces, friction values and abrasion under widely varying conditions and speeds, as well as factors such as dirt, weathering or impact and bumps. We test all system components such as cables, hoses, strain relief and other accessories, in addition to the e-chains® or E_Tubes and guide troughs.

igus® factory in Cologne
The igus® laboratory for e-chains® and chainflex® cables

The terms "igus", "Apiro", "CFRIP", "chainflex", "conprotect", "CTD", "drygear", "drylin", "dryspin", "dry-tech", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-loop", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-spool", "e-skin", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "print2mold", "readycable", "readychain", "ReBeL", "robolink", "speedigus", "tribofilament", "triflex", "xirodur" and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany, and, where applicable, in some foreign countries. igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM, Parker, Bosh Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mentioned on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH.