igus has introduced a compact energy supply system, consisting of an energy chain, flexible chainflex cables for tight bend radii, and an aluminum guide control, that allows users to guide data, media, fluids and air in the tightest of spaces at high speeds. The system, called micro flizz, can be used with igus’ new smart CF.D system, which monitors the data transmission characteristics of the cable in advance and promptly warns of a failure.
Narrow, compact spaces and fast movement in lanes, which are commonly used in storage and retrieval units, are frequent usage scenarios for busbar systems. The disadvantage is those systems can normally only be used for energy transmission. In order to be able to supply energy, data, fluids and air simultaneously in horizontal and vertical directions, igus has developed the micro flizz energy supply system.
In this unique and innovative system, travel speeds up to 6 msec and accelerations up to 4 msec2 are possible. The micro flizz consists of a plastic energy chain that travels in an aluminum channel. In addition to highly flexible chainflex control, data and motor cables for tight bend radii, the energy chain can also guide hoses as well as fiber optic cable with data rates of up to 10 gigabits per seconds.
Thanks to extensive testing in the company’s expansive test laboratory, igus provides 36 months of guaranteed service life on all chainflex cables. If a user wants to monitor the transmission characteristics of a used bus cable, igus also offers the option of using the intelligent CF.D system in the micro flizz. The smart plastics innovation detects changes to the transmission characteristics of the cable in advance and provides timely information about an essential replacement. The smart features allow users to plan maintenance in advance and avoid unexpected shutdowns.
The main advantage of the micro flizz system, in addition to the optional intelligent monitoring, is its sophisticated construction. Integrated “side wings” hold the chain firmly in the stretched condition in a special groove in the upper and lower part of the channel. Together with plastic springs on the crossbars of the e-chain, they provide soft and quiet rolling. This feature dramatically reduces friction, wear, energy consumption and noise development.
In addition to its modular design, the system is easily accessible and easy to clean, making it ideal for use in pharmacies and food production. The energy chain system is available in three sizes depending on the diameter of the cables.