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Protection For Moving Cables

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 8:02am
igus Inc.

East Providence, RI – If moving cables in the workspace of lathes, milling and sawing machines need protecting, cable carriers must be chip tight, while simultaneously guiding the cables with low abrasion. For this purpose, igus® has developed its first foldable plastic energy tube, the R68 in the Energy Chain System® line of cable carriers. This latest energy tube offers comprehensive protection against chips of any size. 

The igus test series is done under real environmental conditions for the most accurate simulation outside of the application itself. igus has developed a standardized test to move energy tubes like the R68 over 100,000 double strokes. At the same time, a defined load of chips of different sizes are periodically poured over the tube, again and again. At the end of the cycles, testers analyze how many grams of chips were allowed into the interior of the tube.  The R68 energy tube was proven to allow only 0.23 grams of chips in over 100,000 double stokes with a feed of 1,000 grams of metal chips, equal to only .023% chip allowance. 

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