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Southern Manufacturing

FIVE, Farnborough(GU14 6XL)

21/03/2017(09:30) - 23/03/2017

The UK's LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. (more)

Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2017

Messe Stutgart, Germany

28/03/2017 - 30/03/2017

As the world’s leading exhibition for the fastener and fixing industry Fastener Fair Stuttgart (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

04/04/2017 - 05/04/2017

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


The new Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition gives you insight into the latest developments in (more)

PPMA 2017 Show

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

26/09/2017 - 28/09/2017

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? VisitAre you involved in the buying, financing or maintaining of machinery? If so (more)

Energy Chain guide system for vertical movement eliminates need for troughs

Energy Chain guide system for vertical movement eliminates need for troughs Energy Chain expert, igus UK has launched Guidelok Slimline (SL), a system designed to safely guide cables at heights up to 262 feet (80 metres).

Guidelok SL is designed for vertical Energy Chain applications, such as those found on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses, as well as elevators and material-handling equipment. Compact and easy to install, even when being retrofitted into an existing system, Guidelok SL allows safe energy and data supply in extreme environments, including warehouses, deep-freeze storage facilities, crane systems and power stations.

Vertical Energy Chain applications are reaching higher heights, and faster speeds and accelerations than ever before. In such applications, the Energy Chain is typically guided vertically in an enclosed trough system to ensure that it does not swing out of control, thus preventing damage to the Energy Chain or cabling. The innovative design of the igus Guidelok SL locks the Energy Chain into position and is easier to maintain, since the need for a continuous, enclosed trough is eliminated. Instead the Energy Chain travels freely and safely between small sections of easy-to-install steel trough.

The Guidelok SL features two large spring-loaded locks that are pushed back as the radius of the Energy Chain passes between them, moving back into position where they grip the hanging length securely in place. This not only provides operational safety, but also reduces noise due to the smooth, controlled motion. Several manufacturers of storage-and-retrieval equipment for high-bay warehouses have already implemented Guidelok SL successfully while realising cost savings of almost 80 percent.

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