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Energy chains and energy chain systems directly from the manufacturer

energy chains (also called energy supply systems, drag chains and cable carriers) are mechanical machine elements used to guide and protect energy, data, signals and fluids together in one system, whilst withstanding the most diverse environmental conditions.

Energy supply systems work best when all elements -  cables, hoses, interior separation elements, strain relief devices and guide troughs – are designed to work together. At igus® we optimise the design and materials of all these elements to offer the longest possible service life – guaranteed.

Would you like more information about e-chains® or an individual consultation? Our experts will be happy to get in touch with you.

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Small energy chains

Small energy chains

Inner heights: 5 – 32mm

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Medium-sized energy chains

Medium-sized energy chains

Inner heights: 21 – 48mm

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Large energy chains

Large energy chains

Inner heights: 21 – 350mm

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For robots

Energy chains for robots

Inner diameter: 12 – 46.8mm

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Protection against dust and swarf

Energy chains for protection against dirt and swarf

Inner heights: 21 – 75mm

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All energy chains & accessories

Overview of all energy chains

Further families of energy chains

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Clean room energy supply systems

e-skin clean room energy chains

Corrugated tube: 28–40mm

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e-spool® alternative to a cable reel

espool energy chains

Cable drums without slip rings

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Special solutions & accessories

energy chain accessories

Troughs, strain relief elements, PMA hoses

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Energy chains online shop

I am familiar with the energy chains from igus and know the dimensions and kinds of movement of my energy supply system.

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I am unsure what energy chain I should choose for my application and need more information.

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I know the ambient variables of my application and, working in comfort online, I would like to configure my energy chain or consult an expert about an individual project.

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Savings potential

Begin to improve the technology used for your machines with energy chain systems from igus and simultaneously lower the costs for your company.

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Selected application examples

Our energy chains can be adapted to individual requirements and can therefore be used for a large number of different applications.

What benefits do energy chains offer?

They enforce a minimum bend radius for the cables and hoses they protect and offer physical protection around them.  The biggest benefit is that different services can be run side by side together in the same system e.g hydraulics, power cables, data cables, fibre optic cables, fluids etc.  This makes them flexible and versatile, even allowing easy and cheap cable upgrades during the system life. By being passive (i.e. being pulled and pushed by the machine), they need no extra power or drive system and being made from low friction plastics they are therefore corrosion resistant and virtually maintenance-free.

How many cables fit into an energy chain?

The number of cables that can be fitted into an energy chain is virtually limitless. Since we offer a full range of internal separation solutions, this can be done safely and to meet almost any layout required. The huge benefit of energy chains is that almost any combination of cables and hoses can be run in the same system, something that cannot be said of alternative technologies like busbars and festoons.

Where can energy chains be used?

Anywhere and everywhere! From electronics pick-and-place machines, to car washes, from theatre lighting cable management to nuclear decommissioning cranes, from underwater turbines to offshore oil platform skidding. Anywhere where cables and hoses are moved.

Further information on energy chains

Energy chain catalogue

The e-chain catalogue for direct downloading online!


Every year, 3,000 e-chain tests are performed in order to ensure that they can withstand the hardest of conditions.  

Recycling programme

Ask igus to recycle your energy chains, irrespective of the manufacturer. How does it work?


I would be happy to answer your questions personally

Shipping and consultation

In person:

Monday to Friday from 8am - 8pm.