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Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

21/04/2020 - 23/04/2020

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Safe vertical guidance for energy chains

Safe vertical guidance for energy chains

When you're looking to improve productivity around your plant, then one of the areas to look at is running the likes of lifts, hoists and aisle stackers faster. Of course, that has implications for the cable management technology, but the various suppliers have helped by developing products which will run at the required speeds. However, with vertical applications in particular, those increased speeds can begin to represent a health hazard.


Igus has come with a solution in the form of Guidelok for its Energy Chains. Guidelok is a system for vertical applications where hanging chains are kept in place even when there are massive transverse accelerations. Thanks to a new design detail, applications using this system - for example in aisle stackers, lifts, hoists or material handling applications - no longer need expensive casings.


The Energy Chain is held in place in a trough by two tiling levers automatically activated by the radius. This means that the Energy Chain can not swing out or deviate to the side, even on masts of up to 40m high. The Guidelok system captures and contains the Energy Chain within the trough.


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