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e-spool® cable retractor reel

Cable drums without slip rings

The igus® e-spool® cable retractor reel safely guides many different cables in a confined space.The e-spool® cable reel uniquely combines two different energy supply systems: one standard energy chain is guided by a roller, providing the correct length and tension of the energy supply system through an integrated spring. In the home position, the energy chain is completely rolled up to save space. The twisterband connects the roller with the shaft end block, serving as an interface to the supply side cables.

  • No tensile strain on the cables
  • Energy supply is possible in all directions (horizontal, vertical, diagonal)
  • Space-saving, no "chain station", as the energy chain is rolled up in the starting position, ensuring the paths remain clear
  • Cables can be retrospectively added or changed
  • Maximum extension and retraction speed 1m/s
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The e-spool® cable retractor reel systems

e-spool® flex

cable retractor reel flex Interruption-free panel feed. The alternative to the cable reel.
Extension length: 5-15m
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e-spool® compact

cable retractor reel e-spool compact Compact, space-saving
Travel length: 2-4m | Drum 240-400mm | Cable length: 4-6.6m
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e-spool® with manual pull-out

espool manual pull out cable reel Pulling out a cable by hand
Travel length: 5m | Drum: 300mm | Cable length 3.3-8.3m 
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HD e-spool®

espool HD Variable use, with higher retraction force
Travel length: 4-14m | Drum: 600-850mm | Cable length 8.6-19.9m
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e-spool® flex mini

cable retractor reel e-spool flex mini Uninterrupted panel feed 
Cable diameter: from 5 to 7mm | Extension length: ≤3m
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e-spool® power

cable retractor reel e-spool power Motor driven, for long extension
Travel length: 25m | Drum: upon request | Cable length: upon request
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e-spool® for stage and theatre operations

cable retractor reel For theatre and stage use
Integrated retaining spring ensures correct length and tensions.
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e-spool® with smart function monitoring

cable retractor reel Spring force monitoring
Using i.Sense condition monitoring for intelligent break detection.
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e-spool® the microphone motor reeler

espool motor reeler No slip ring, very compact
30m | Max. cable diameter ø 8.5mm | Max. acceleration 1m/s2
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Please contact us if you have outdoor applications or your e-spool® cable reel will be operated overhead in a public area (spectator stands, stages, etc.) as the e-spool® system may have to be specially secured.

When to use the e-spool® cable retractor reel system:

  • When many different cables should be routed in very confined spaces
  • When different media (power, data and fluids) can be routed together in one system

When to use another cable reel system:

  • For cables with large bend radii
  • With very high loads that have to be guided vertically

How organised is your stage cable management?

In the theatre and stage industry, space constraints behind the scenes can cause problems for designers and engineers, so products such as the igus® e-spool® and zig zag chains are ideal for such applications which require stage cable management. 
The e-spool® is a cable reel system but works without a slip ring. This drum allows different cable types to be safely guided together. Since most reels can only carry one cable this can drastically reduce the number of units (and therefore space and cost) required.
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e-spool® online configuration tool

The e-spool® cable retractor reel from igus® ensure that portable machines and systems are supplied with energy, data, compressed air and liquids safely, even under the most difficult conditions and the smallest of spaces. Compared to the classic cable drum, the e-spool® is the only solution that can not only carry energy, but also all media such as data, compressed air and liquids.

Use our e-spool® product finder, simply enter the parameters for your application and discover the most suitable cable retractor reel for you.
  • Available for SP1, SP2, SPHD1, SPHD2
  • Interior separation configuration for e-spool® systems
  • Automatic filling of the twisterband e-chains®
  • Automatic creation of the technical drawing of the interior separation
e-spool® product finder
cable retractor reel configurator

Frequently asked questions about cable retractor reels

Where are cable retractor reels used?

Cable reeling drums are typically found in the grid section of the theatre / Auditorium, Floor mounted then using a bespoke roller system and guide hole through the grid floor, the cable management system is then connected to the ladder truss / Bridge.

How can a cable reeling drum function without a slip ring?

Our e-spool® uses our twisterband which is fixed on the side of the cable drum, acting as a secondary cable management system. The twisterband offers great rotation movement in very small spaces so, the e-spool® can be used in a confined area as well as offering a hardwired maintenance free cable management system.

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