igus® shows world’s largest plastic energy chain, the E4.350, at Subsea Expo 2016

At this year’s Subsea Expo, which runs from 3rd – 5th February at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Aberdeen AECC), we will be showcasing the E4.350 ESD energy chain – the largest plastic energy chain in the world, as well as introducing Corry Sutherland, the company’s recently appointed Oil & Gas product specialist.

High-performance plastic brings significant benefits to Offshore industry

The E4.350 ESD energy chain has been developed specifically for offshore applications, and other industries where oversized cables and hoses need to be guided and protected. In addition to the significant price advantage over traditional steel energy chains, the modern high-performance engineering plastic used in the E4.350 is stronger than steel for a given size and much lighter. It is also inherently resistant to corrosion and weathering, and unaffected by exposure to virtually every type of chemical and petrochemical, as well as by exposure to UV light from the sun.

Manufactured from igumid® ESD, a permanently conductive tribopolymer that incorporates special additives that ensure electrostatic charge is dissipated in a controlled manner, the E4.350 ESD energy chain is suitable for use in areas where the ATEX or IECEx standard applies. The material is also self-lubricating, requiring no grease or oil on the joints throughout its working life, even in the presence of high levels of soiling and contaminants; this dramatically reduces, and can even eliminate the need for routine maintenance, and enables the life of the energy chain to be predicted more accurately.

Modular in design, the E4.350 energy chain can easily be shortened and lengthened as required. Steel energy chains, on the other hand, have many more components and require more tools and time to dismantle. In addition, igus® energy chains offer excellent rigidity and high load capacity when shear forces are at work due to their tongue and groove design. Specifications include, inner height: 350mm, inner widths: 400-800mm, bending radii: 500-1000mm and pitch: 470mm. An Interior separation system and mounting brackets can be supplied. Additional features include, quiet operation, straight running due to inner/outer link design, and stable opening crossbars at every link.

Corry Sutherland – Oil & Gas product specialist

Corry joined igus in October 2015 as the company’s Oil & Gas product specialist. He has worked in project engineering roles within the Oil & Gas industry for over four years and brings a wealth of technical and project management experience with him. Corry is an ex-Piper with the Scots Guards and currently serves with the British Army (Reserves) 7th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

“We are delighted to welcome Corry to igus®,” commented Justin Leonard, director of igus®. “His experience in the Oil & Gas industry makes him the ideal man to take our business forward in this area. This coupled with his dependable, can-do approach is sure to be highly valued by our customers.”

Corry and other members of the igus® team will be available on Stand 195 throughout the show to take visitors through the benefits and potential applications of their E4.350 ESD energy chain, as well as provide insight into the full range of igus® products suitable for offshore use.

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WANTED – Unique energy chain applications for the fifth vector® awards

igus® invites submissions of novel energy chain applications for its biennial global competition

The possible uses of energy chain systems carrying moving cables and hoses is now vast – they withstand seawater on ships and oil rigs, prevent the permeation of dirt and dust in material handling systems, provide ISO Class 1 protection in cleanrooms, and countless other applications.

To find the most innovative uses of energy chain systems, igus® invites submissions in the UK for the biennial vector award via the online form: www.igus.co.uk/vector2016

“Even for us, it is sometimes still surprising and exciting to see where and how customers use our energy chains,” said Harold Nehring, head of energy chain systems at igus®. “We want to use this competition to identify new ways of using our products and to recognise the innovative designs being developed by engineers around the world.”

Submissions will be judged by an independent panel of science and technology experts, and winners will receive prizes of up to 5,000 euros at the official awards ceremony, which will be held at the Hannover Trade Fair in April. The deadline for entries is 26th February, 2016.

For more information and to review previous years’ entries, please visit: www.vector-award.eu

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“It is sometimes still surprising and exciting to see where and how customers use our energy chains,” said Harold Nehring, head of energy chain systems at igus®.

WANTED - Unique energy chain applications for the fifth vector® awards

igus celebrates their 500,000th order shipped from Northampton

The Northampton based motion plastics company, igus, recently celebrated their 500,000th order by hand delivering an e-chain to Performance Enclosures Ltd (TeamMate) in Oxfordshire, who have been loyal igus customers for over 10 years.

Team Mate have designed and manufactured a diverse, practical and innovative range of furniture solutions since 1997, specifically tailored to the corporate and educational environments. Their concept of designing industry solutions, after finding out the users needs, has resulted in them becoming a world wide market leader in their field of Audio Visual & IT solutions.

For more information on igus e-chain, visit the website on: http://bit.ly/PdBXwp

Team Mate have designed and manufactured a diverse, practical and innovative range of furniture solutions since 1997, specifically tailored to the corporate and educational environments. Their concept of designing industry solutions, after finding out the users needs, has resulted in them becoming a world wide market leader in their field of Audio Visual & IT solutions.

Their product range includes teaching lecterns that go into the majority of UK Universities and also exported to  Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and many other countries. The need for height adjustability not only within static teaching lecterns and? products in general, is increasing as technology advances. Team Mate have addressed this need, incorporating their VariHite feature into the designs; a lift and lower mechanism. For this feature to be possible and safe, sophisticated cable management is required. This is where the igus e-chain has proven to be the best solution. The e-chain provides a safe cable-management system, protecting the cables so that they not only look neat yet are also tamper-resistant. Servicing is also made easy; the energy chain allows cables to easily be connected and inserted so the workstation can be altered to meet the need of the user, and cables can be checked.

With 80% of Team Mate’s market being educational, they like their products to stay with the brand scope as the Universities associate Team Mate with high quality. Energy chain from igus lives up to this high quality standard, confidently being included in the 10 year product warranty that Team Mate offers.

Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director from igus, visited their factory and office with other team members to say thank you for their consistent loyalty and to deliver Team Mate’s e-chain order in person. Matthew was also able to see exactly what applications the igus products are used in and the features which make igus ideal for this application.

“We have enjoyed working with igus for the past 10 years” says David Botting, Managing Director,  Performance Enclosures Ltd, “igus has helped contribute to the quality of our products. The back-up and support that we have received from the company has been outstanding and we look forward to receiving the one millionth order.”

e-chain solution development

igus are developing a number of low cost e-chain solutions specifically for high volume applications in the automotive industry (actually used in the car, not to be confused with automotive plant applications!)

Dave Spence, our automotive expert for dry-tech bearings, will be working with his existing contacts in the industry to promote these new e-chains.

For more information on igus parts within the automotive sector, take a look at the igus website here: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf

Tip Of The Day- How to reduce noise and vibrations in the E6 chain

 

More information on the E6 chain can be found here: http://bit.ly/VJILVQ

Does the mounting direction for E6 chains matter?…

Yes it does. In case the E6 chains are mounted the wrong way round (fixed end and moving end mixed up) this would lead to a slightly higher noise level and increased vibrations during travel. Especially with printers this can be a big factor.

Correctly mounted, the side parts at the top face towards the moving end, as shown in the drawing to the right.

How should the lids of e-tubes be assembled?…

To guarantee the highest possible chip-resistance, you should start assembly of the lids from the fixed end. Every next lid in direction to the moving end should overlap the previous one.
This prevent the chips (mostly falling from above) to enter the chain between the lids.
Chip-resistance tests with both assembly methods showed significant differences in the number of chips that entered the tube.

 

 

Video of the Week – Easy assembly with readychain speed from igus

Fast assembly and quick connection for fully harnessed e-chains

Take a look at the readychain for yourself: http://bit.ly/1kNC9us

The new readychain speed from e-chain specialist igus, makes it faster and easier than ever to connect harnessed e-chains with a combined connector and mounting bracket. A secure connection is guaranteed thanks to the robust connectors alongside the latches on the side preventing any disconnection.

The readychain speed reduces the need for excess cable lengths and removes the danger posed by any lose cables. Thanks to all cables being installed into one system, they can be plugged-in simultaneously, resulting in faster installation and low downtime.

For more information on igus products and to request free product samples, please contact igus on 01604 677240. For regular updates, follow us on www.twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/youtube, connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/facebook or visit our blog on blog.igus.co.uk.

Video of the Week – igus e-chain for offshore applications

Corrosion resistant e-chains for the deep

Polymer expert igus has developed corrosion and sea-water resistant e-chains for the use in offshore applications. igus’ e-chains are comprised of a lightweight polymer structure that is used to replace existing heavy steel drag chains. Their low maintenance and long service life make the e-chain ideal for difficult environments or for those hard to access places.

Owing to its polymer structure, the e-chain is UV and sea water resistant, allowing it to provide a heavy duty energy supply to the ocean floor without the need for continued maintenance. The e-chains stability provides a high tensile strength with hanging applications of up to 200m in length, whilst maintaining a flexible modular design that is easy to install. The e-chain comes in various installation applications, including chain-block and e-chain drum versions. ATEX solutions are also available.

Video of the Week – igus e-chain for offshore applications

igus currently holds the record for manufacturing the largest plastic energy chain in the world, the E4.350. This e-chain is predominantly used for the movement of large, heavy, stiff cables such as those used on oil platforms. Research and development is being undertaken to produce a larger one.

The e-chain is resistant to extreme temperatures, such as those seen on the ocean floor. Typical applications for the e-chain include offshore, drilling rigs and ships and harbours. To learn more about igus offshore applications please go to www.igus.co.uk/EChainInOffshore

Iglidur® meets e-chain®

Busan is not only the second largest city in South Korea, yet also the world’s fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. Dozens of cranes are handling a high number of goods daily, thus such cranes need a lot of energy. In order to protect the cables against any kind of weather and therefore to ensure the energy supply, igus® offers the solution in the form of the Energy chains®.

 

igus® power chain systems are a good alternative to bus bar, festoonings and reel systems. igus® e-chainsystems® and chainflex® flexible cables are worldwide in operation on more than 10,000 port equipment applications.

 

Sixteen cranes in the port of Busan rely on the igus® e-chain® 5050RHD.

 

igus® e-chains® are the perfect solution for crane users and builders as they offer numerous advantages such as: 

  • Space saving design
  • No control system necessary
  • All media can be conveyed: power, data, air, water, etc.
  • Low maintenance product reduces your downtime
  • Wind and weather resistant
  • Synchronous run of trolley and e-chainsystem®
  • Quick an easy installation of additional cables
  • No parts marked as reason for wear and tear
  • Spare part guarantee for 10 years+
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