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Aplicaciones con el Sistema E4/4

El Sistema E4/4 se utiliza principalmente en dos campos de aplicación: para las carreras extremadamente largas y para las aplicaciones laterales en voladizo. El famoso diseño de tipo "ranura y lengüeta" entre dos eslabones es una de las características que permiten este tipo de aplicación. Efectivamente, la fuerza de presión y la rigidez aumentan, mientras que la insensibilidad a la humedad y a los ambientes difíciles crece. Los "eslabones rodantes" particulares hacen del Sistema E4/4 el especialista de las carreras largas. El excelente funcionamiento en las aplicaciones ESD/ATEX es también posible gracias al diseño de "ranura". Los eslabones permanecen siempre en contacto los unos con los otros permitiendo así que la corriente pase (nota: esto es válido sólo si se utiliza el material conductor especial igumid ESD; no es válido para las Series estándar presentadas en este catálogo).

Sectores industriales y aplicaciones típicas:

RTG, quayside cranes, many other types of cranes, composting plants, plaster, concrete, chemical and mineral plants, as well as agricultural plants, machine tools: Unsupported, side-mounted applications in construction machines, ESD applications, heavy machinery, steel works, shipyards, welding plants.

Visión general de las aplicaciones con el Sistema E4/4

Hot dip galvanising

Energy chain and plastic trough made from chemically-resistant plastic from igus® have been successfully in operation at a hot dip galvanising plant for years.

Energy chain in open-air storage facility for alumina production

Design and installation of a roller energy chain for outdoor use on a bauxite stockpile - an environment with extremely harsh ambient conditions.

Zinc electrolysis, bathing halls

The sulfur fumes generated by the electrolysis are highly corrosive and corrode the customer's system. igus® products withstand these extreme conditions.

Rocket launch site

The igus® products used are designed for mobile applications in such a way that it features a long life and functions absolutely reliably.

Taconite mine

The next long distance with a plastic chain: 550 m.

The longest travel with plastic energy chain

e-chain® travel of 615 m exceeds the longest so far in the port of Singapore.

Discharging station for crude metal/metal scrap

Almost maintenance-free solution in a discharge station for crude metal/metal scrap, thanks to the energy supply system with plastic products from igus®.

Composting plant

Heat, abrasive dirt, high atmospheric moisture: These are only some of the ambient conditions in a composting plant.

Ship unloader

441 m travel: Reduction of tensile forces by about 75%.

Streetcar switches

The applied material repels chips with temperatures up to 850° C without leaving a trace.

Ship loader

Since the ship loader started operations in 2000, no troubles, either mechanical or in the cables, have occurred in the energy chain area.

Long travel

Long travels no problem at all: Travels over 200m

Harbor crane

Circular motion mounted on the side in a harbor crane.

Space-saving solution

Zigzag solutions implemented quickly and economically without special parts with the e-chains® of the E4/4 system

Unsupported application

Stability guaranteed even in air: Unsupported "side-mounted" application.

Standing installation

High accelerations also possible in "standing" installation.

Industria de la madera

The igus® preassembled energy chains create a lasting, low-wear connection to the tools.

Fairground rides

The demands on the facility are very high. All parts of the elevator are permanently exposed to wind and weather, and additional centrifugal forces act upon the parts by the 180° rotation.

Tile factories

Extreme stressing from tile dus in the building material industry.

Lignite quarrying

The wagon makes a 180° turn and empties into the coal bunker. The energy chain secures the energy supply of the rotating device.

Offshore industry

Tube handling plant provides an igus® plastic e-chain®. e-chain® ensures high stability and reliability in pipehandling.

Loading and unloading facility

Rigorous requirements imposed on the energy supply: Cycle times and narrow bend radii are a considerable strain on energy supply and lines.


For the equipment made for the film "Chrysalis", only high quality materials were used.

OpenHydro tidal turbine

A plastic chain makes any kind of maintenance on the open sea obsolete; a conventional metal chain would not be adequate for the combination of technical, climatic and mechanical requirements.

Handling system ”roboLoop“

The ”roboLoop“ system itself offers manyways to optimise the fabrication sequences.

Spray-painting robot

In this application in a painting robot, the ATEX properties of the energy supply system are of primary importance.

Pallet changer

In the case of this application, the worksafety was increased by integrating theenergy supply system into the body of thepallet changer.

Palletising system

This energy chain in the palletising system of a dairy is subject toextreme load with more than 5,000 strokes a day.

Piling and drilling rigs

The driven boring machine produces extremevibrations and heavy soiling duringthe work process.

Saw mill

Even sawdust does not constitute any problem for igus® e-chains®.

Tunnel boring machine

This machine moves deeply through the earthand is used to drill tunnels using the excavationby mining technique.

Dismantling tool

Flexible chainflex® CF9 control cables and various hoses in zig-zag application.

Maintenance-free operation for 8 years

The energy chain employed in 2000 runs smoothly.

Plastic e-chains® replace steel versions

After six months they used to be finished; finally no more failure thanks to plastic e-chains®.

Indoor and outdoor cranes

Outdoor cranes must withstand harsh weather conditions. Indoor cranes also work under alternating moisture influences with simultaneous extremely high temperatures.


Eight gantry cranes connected in series travel a total length of 180 m with plastic energy chains.

Hydraulic lifter in airplane hangar

Hydraulic working platforms in an airplane hangar for the Airbus A380 in Singapore are equipped with igus® e-chains®.

Conveyor unit of coal excavator

The winner of this year’s golden vector is also the longest travel ever to be realised with plastic energy chains in the world.

Crane applications

In this case, two different crane applications have been realised using the igus® energy chain series 5050 from the E4/4 range

Wind tunnel scales

These scales which are used for tests in the wind tunnel can be turned through 180° in both directions away from their original position.

Further interesting applications from extremely diverse areas can be found here.


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