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Roller Chain Links Reduce Drive Energy

Reduce drive energy and thus costs with the E4.1R roller energy chains

igus offers the E4.1R rol e-chain, a rolling energy chain system designed to reduce noise and vibration.

"Integrated roller links have been added to the standard modular system of the E4.1 energy chain series. This makes it especially easy for users to change over from gliding to rolling energy chain systems," said a company spokesperson. "The rollers in the E41.R reduce drive power by up to 37%, minimizing energy requirements."

The E4.1R is available with 56 mm and 80 mm inner height. Add several widths and radii, and they provide a total of over 900 variants for individual applications. The roller chain links are also fully compatible with the entire E4.1 series modular system, so indoor linear robots in the machine tool industry can still be retrofitted.

"Wholesale electricity prices are skyrocketing, and for many industrial companies, the cost of electricity poses a significant challenge in staying competitive. And saving electricity is critical," said the spokesperson. "This applies to entire production lines, individual machines or components such as energy chains that carry cables and hoses for energy, data and hydraulics in industrial systems."

The spokesperson continued, "As a rule, the upper run of an e-chain system slides on the lower run. Usually, this is not a problem over short distances in terms of energy because the igus high-performance plastics enable low-friction operation. However, with longer travel distances of several hundred meters and high loads of up to 100 kg per meter, the coefficients of friction increase and thus also the energy consumption."

"Due to rising prices and energy costs, many industrial companies have become interested in cost-saving measures. They ask themselves how operating costs can be cut with the components in use, such as energy chains-especially on long travels with high additional loads," said Jörg Ottersbach, Head of the e-chains Business Unit at igus. "Our answer is that we also offer a version of our E4.1, the E4.1R, with integrated rollers. This series is one of our best-selling energy chains and a universal solution for 90% of gliding applications."

For more information contact:

igus, Inc.

P.O. Box 14349

East Providence, RI 02914


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