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System rol e-chains® - rolling instead of gliding

Proven in 1000s of applications Worldwide

Conventionally designed e-chain® types are operated in the gliding instead of rolling mode for very long travel lengths. The reason for developing "rol e-chain®" gliding solution was the need to overcome the technical limits of this operating mode, such as to reduce friction, by rolling instead of gliding. This was achieved by integrating plastic rollers within the links to ensure a perfect pitch throughout the cable carrier. The result is a reduction in drive force needed and a smoother, quieter and lower vibration when in operation. The requirements for e-chain® in very long travel lengths have steadily increased in recent years. Travels of above 400 meters pose new challenges such as extreme travel speeds in crane systems at cable loads up to 50 kg/m.

rolling instead of gliding Roller extension links for yet higher additional loads and widths up to 2 m and more on gliding solutions.
rolling instead of gliding Rolling instead of gliding
Y = Tensile strength - shearing force in percentage
X1 =travel, X2 =chain length
A = rol e-chain®
B = standard e-chain®.
Data: Fill weight 10kg/m
rol e-chain - achieves very long travel lengths Very long travel lengths of 441.3 m, implemented with igus® rol e-chain® Series 5050R

Rol e-chains® Special roller test stand for customer-specific tests

7 uses of the rol e-chain®

  • Large reduction in drive power to below 25% for moving the e-chain®
  • Travels up to 800 m possible
  • Speeds up to 6 m/s possible
  • Different types of rollers for optimum results in different situations
  • Consistent rolling resistance for contaminated applications
  • Available as ready-to-fit, made-to-specifications system
  • System guarantee for made-to-specifications system (depends on application)

Application Areas
The igus® rol e-chain® is predestined for applications in which long travels at high speeds must be implemented. This is often the case, for example, in photo finish cameras or in materials handling. Even in slower applications in the cranes segment or in displacement systems, the low coefficients of friction of the system save costs, since the drives can be much smaller.

Delivery program rol e-chain®

Inner heights from 32, 35, 42, 45, 56 and 80 mm, as well as widths from 50 mm up to several metres are possible and delivered from stock. All interior separation possibilities and mounting options of the igus® System E4 are available. The standard guide troughs of the respective chains from stock can be used. rol e-chain® types are basically snap-open on both sides. Several roller materials and geometries (profile rollers, etc.) available. Rust-free stainless steel balls are standard for Rol e-chain®. The rol e-chain® is available as assembled e-chain system®. They are mounted by igus® specialists with chainflex® cables and assembled plugs and fittings according to your specifications and packed suitably for easy installation. According to travel lengths, the Rol e-chain® types are delivered on a drum In case cables from the chainflex® range covering over 850 types are opted for according to application, we'd also undertake a guarantee for the complete system.
Facilities of this type are designed by our project engineers. We'd be glad to submit an offer. You may talk to us about this.

Selection table

Series Internal height Inner width Outer width Outer height Bending radii
hi Bi Ba ha R
[mm] [mm] [mm] [mm] [mm]
rol e-chain® - e-chain® with crossbars every link
2828R 32 50-400 73-423 54 125-300  Anfragen
2700R 35 50-175 66-194 50 150  Anfragen
3500R 45 50-250 70-270 64 200  Anfragen
3838R 42 50-400 77-427 64 150-350  Anfragen
4040R 56 50-600 86-636 84 200-400  Anfragen
5050R 80 50-600 100-650 108 250-500  Anfragen
rol e-chain® - e-tube, closed
R7728R 32 50-300 73-323 54 150-300  Anfragen
R7838R 42 50-300 77-327 64 200-350  Anfragen
R8840R 56 75-462 111-499 84 300-400  Anfragen
R9850R 80 75-462 125-513 108 300-1000  Anfragen

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