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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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