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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

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

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (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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