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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240
Tech up & cost down
motion plastics for the
crane industry

Energy chains for long port crane service life

Tried and tested in thousands of applications; reduce costs, increase service life

Heavy loads, long periods of use, and a wide variety of weather conditions – cranes in port facilities must have fantastic performance. And that is just where our energy chains and flexible cables are being used. They have proven themselves for years in more than 10,000 ports with their corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free materials and long service life. Their fields of application include ship-to-shore cranes, bulk cargo handling cranes, RTGs, RMGs, Goliath cranes, spreaders and reach stackers. Wherever safety must be ensured and there is pressure to meet deadlines, e-chains® are a reliable, quiet alternative to busbar systems, festooning and cable drums.

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Long service life (ten years or more) – 87 % less installation space

  • Our energy chain systems remain reliable for ten years or more in crane installations.  We calculate the exact service life and grant a 36-month guarantee.
  • An igus® e-chain system® requires 87 % less installation space than a motor cable drum.

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Service life up, cost down in outdoor cranes

9 new products presented in less than 5minutes

Tech up, cost down: this is the goal of new types of e-chains, new cables, new isense measuring and monitoring systems, especially designed for the needs of the crane industry.
You can find more information on these and further product innovations at our 400m2 trade show stand. You can either explore it virtually on your own or together with our industry expert. Make an appointment now for a guided virtual tour with individual consultation:

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New in 10/2020: quick, simple handling, entirely without tools

New in 10/2020: abrasion-measuring separator with solar power supply

New in 10/2020: control cables now 18% thinner with the new UL style

System comparison

Energy chain systems instead of festooning, motor cable drums and busbars

Energy chains systems instead of festooning

Energy chain systems instead of festooning
Provide guidance for cables and energy chains whilst keeping them protected and safe in wind and fluctuating temperatures. That way, downtime can be reduced.

Energy chain systems instead of motor cable drums

Energy chain systems instead of motor cable drums
No slip ring on long travels. Guide all media safely in one system. Travels of up to 1,000 metres.

Energy chain systems instead of busbars

Energy chain systems instead of busbar systems
Deliver data, energy, fluids and air safely in a single energy chain system. For narrow compact spaces and fast movement in lanes.  

Durable products for crane technology

Roller energy chains

Roller energy chains,

  • e.g. P4.1 series: long service life due to maintenance-free tribo-polymer plain bearings in conjunction with the chain links
  • Long travels of up to 800m
  • Speeds of up to 5m/s
  • 10x longer service life whilst using less drive force

Find out more about roller e-chains
Guide troughs

Guide troughs

  • Available in stainless steel (304)1.4301 and (316)1.4404
  • Available in aluminium for seawater resistance according to EN6060 and weight reduction
  • Available as cost-effective and corrosion-free plastic trough

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Floating moving end

Floating moving end

  • Acts as compensation in the case of long travels 
  • Small, lightweight and cost-effective
  • Compatible with isense EC. P
  • Can be deployed with a range of energy supplies

Find out more about floating moving ends

Glide pads for energy chains on long travels

For gliding applications to prolong the service life of energy chain systems. This solution is recommended for travels between 1m/s and 3m/s.

More information about glide pads

Tested for real-world applications in the industry's largest test laboratory

Take a look at our test laboratory for chainflex® cables and e-chains®, where tests are run for ten billion cycles every year.
For long travels, sensors are used in e-chain® field testing.

igus® products being successfully used in cranes

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