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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)

Open guide system for energy chains is simple yet effective

Open guide system for energy chains is simple yet effective New from Igus, the guidelok horizontal is an innovative system that is designed to support long travels of energy chain where gliding is not recommended. The system is modular and consists of very few parts, making guidelok lighter, easier to assemble and more cost effective when compared to many other gliding systems or those using steel chains.

Its operation is very simple; the e-chain uses its own radius to push back the spring loaded support which snaps back out again after the e-chain radius has passed the upper run it is then able to lay on the roller support.

One of the key features of guidelok horizontal is that it enables long, unsupported travel lengths of e-chains for up to 50 metres. A problem in many cable carrying applications is that metal chips can cause abrasion and wear in long travel chains. But with guidelok, due to its open design, chips and debris cannot get stuck between the upper and lower run, as they may in a conventional gliding system, since they naturally fall between the gaps. Also, since the allowable length of unsupported travel is extended, the amount of driving force re-quired is lowered; this enables manufacturers to choose smaller, lower-cost energy chains which, in turn, helps reduce the overall cost of the machine.

Applications and areas of industry that will benefit from guidelok horizontal are long bed machine tools of all kinds, as well as other machines that have the potential to produce large amounts of debris and swarf.

For vertical e-chains, such as those found on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses, as well as elevators and material-handling equipment, Igus also offers the guidelok slimline (SL). Vertical e-chain applications are reaching higher heights, faster speeds and greater accelerations than ever before. In such applications, the energy chain is typically guided vertically in an enclosed trough to ensure that it does not swing out of control and damage the e-chain or cabling. The guidelok SL locks the e-chain into position and is easier to maintain, since the need for an enclosed trough is eliminated. The e-chain travels freely between small sections of steel trough.
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