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Rotating energy supplies
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Rotating energy supply – the modular system for fast rotary applications

Moving energy made easy

For several years already, igus® has been developing customised systems for circular movements with energy chains, referred to as rotating energy supplies. As a result, rotating assemblies can be supplied with energy, data and liquids, for example, on machine tools, in the field of robotics and even in bucket wheel excavators.
The igus® standard rotary modules consist of two circular guide elements. One part of the guide trough is attached to the static part of the system and the other part to the rotating part of the system. Because the rotary modules can be turned by both their inner or outer parts, the fixed end for the e-chains® can be chosen freely. In the main,
e-chains® from the E4.1 series are used for "simple" applications and energy chains of the E2.1 and E2/000 series also for rotary modules.

 
The standard for circular movements

  • Rotation angles up to 540° ( on one level)
  • Rotation angles of 900° and more are possible with the igus®
    Multi Rotation Modules
  • Maximum angle of rotation in the smallest space
  • Rotation speed up to 360°/s
  • Lighter and more compact than static guide troughs
  • Minimum displacement forces, maximum service life
  • Modular construction with standardised mounting options
  • Integrated strain relief and cable guidance within the guide trough
  • Configure rotating energy supply quickly and easily using CAD configurator

What does "RBR" mean?

"RBR" stands for Reverse Bend Radius and means that the e-chain® can bend in two directions. Designs with RBR can be manufactured for most igus® e-chains®. The "RBR" does not have to be identical to the standard "BR" (bend radius) of the energy chain. A wide range of circular movements can be achieved with the RBR option. Angles of rotation up to 900° have been achieved.
Tip:Find a solution for your current design and quickly, easily by submitting an inquiry about your specific application to your igus® specialist for rotating energy supplies. We will provide you with the correct sizing, simplified 3D model and an offer with prices and delivery times.

Your options for igus® guide troughs

Depending on the application in question, the e-chains® glide on surfaces made of plastic, stainless steel or galvanised steel and are guided by special channels in a predefined circular movement.

Rotating energy supply with brackets  
With brackets

Flexible mounting to your structure

Rotating energy supply with cover  
With cover

Weather and UV protection are easily integrated

Rotating energy supply with integrated guide  
Integrated guidance

Defined and low-wear guidance of the e-chain® within your application

Rotating energy supply with tube troughs  
Tube trough

Open structure providing protection from dirt with additional weight-reducing features

Space-saving with RBR e-chains®  
Space-saving with RBR e-chains®

Symmetrical interior separation of the system and the filling

Rotating energy supply planning  

Now let the igus® expert work out your individual rotating energy supply.

10 tips for a long-lived rotating energy supply

Rotating energy supply design tips  

Ten valuable trips for the correct guide trough for circular modules, should you want to design them yourself. Avoid mistakes that have a detrimental effect on the service life of your plant or might even cause downtime.
From the contents:- Plan guide sheets correctly
- Tips on laying cables
- Limit maximum rotation angle
- Generate CAD data for troughs and entire modules
 
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Fail-safe cables for rotary guide systems

Largest range with 1,354 cables types for data, bus and hybrid systems, control system and drive. Specially developed for moving application in e-chains®.

chainflex® cables for rotating energy supplies  

  • Tested and with 36 month guarantee
  • Numerous approvals, e.g.: UL, DNGVL, EAC, CTP, RoHS
  • Cost-effective
  • No minimum order quantity, no cutting charge
  • For every type of load, even torsion
  • Calculate service life easily online

Application examples of our customers

Energy chain for gripper unit

  • Rotation angle 180°
  • Orientation of system: vertical and horizontal
  • e-chain®: 045.20.018/075.0
  • chainflex® cable: CF9

Minitec

Rotating energy supply on a port crane

  • Rotation angle: 470°
  • Speed: 1.82°/s
  • e-chain®: 4040C.40 / 40.300 / 3792.0
  • chainflex® cable: CF27, CF11, CF14, CF coax, CFLG

Leg encircling crane

  • Rotation angle: 900°
  • e-chain®: E4.56.60.200/6000.0, E4.56.60.300.6000.0
  • chainflex® cable: CF300, CF34, CF10 CFPE, CFLG, CFBUS

Robot for drilling platform

More RBR systems with e-chains® are deployed in joints of the robot.

Further information

twisterchain  
twisterchain
For circular and spiral movements

Energy chains for circular movements up to 540°. Quick cable replacement. Modular design - variable widths.

twisterband  
twisterband
Rotary movements up to 7000°

twisterband: new sizes, turns of 7,000° and more possible. Compact, modular, cost-effective.