igus has developed a new extender crossbar design for its E4Q modular energy chain series to guide large hoses safely. With the help of an adapter system, the e-chain can be individually adapted to the hose diameter. The tool-free E4Q opening mechanism ensures easy energy supply installation and filling.
In 2019, igus launched a new series of e-chain cable carrier systems named E4Q, which has already proven itself in applications worldwide, from machine tools to linear robots. It is particularly popular because of its modularity. The E4Q scores points with long unsupported lengths and long travels. In addition, the user can save 40% assembly time and 10% weight compared to the standard E4.1 series.
“Some customers wanted to guide large hoses in addition to cables, which is why we have now developed the E4Q e-chain with extender crossbars in a design study,” explained Phillip Hagedorn, e-chain Product Manager at igus GmbH.
The extender crossbar can be mounted on the energy chain with an adapter system. For inserting hoses, for example, those used in the wood industry, igus relies on the proven E4Q crossbars. These can be opened and closed without tools and are available in 15 widths. This offers users a high level of variability when configuring their energy supply.
Guide hoses and cables safely in one system
“We have developed two different widths and heights of the adapters,” said Hagedorn. “This allows the customer to adapt the extender crossbar to the hose diameter.”
Using the extender crossbars increases the energy chain’s interior space significantly. In addition to the hoses, other cables can be accommodated and routed. With the product range of cable-friendly interior separation elements, the energy chain can be easily divided so customers can lay out their cables and hoses as desired. Costs can also be saved with the new e-chain with extender crossbars because instead of a large energy chain, the user can insert a smaller chain with extended crossbars for more inner height.