Guiding data and media in tight spaces at high speeds is a major challenge for many users, for example in intralogistics. With the micro flizz energy supply system from igus, Treotham offers a compact energy supply system for travels up to 100m. It consists of a plastic e-chain, flexible chainflex cables for tight bend radii and an aluminium guide channel. The micro flizz can now also be used with the 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, such as in storage and retrieval units, are common usage scenarios for busbar systems. Their big disadvantage is that they can normally only be used for energy transmission. In order to supply not only energy but also data, fluids and air horizontally and vertically at the same time, igus has developed the micro flizz. With this, travel speeds up to 6m/s and accelerations up to 4m/s2 are possible. 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 fibre optic cable with data rates of up to 10GBit/s.
Thanks to extensive testing in its in-house 2750m2 test laboratory, igus provides a guaranteed service life of 36 months on all chainflex cables. If the user wants to monitor the transmission characteristics of their used bus cable, Treotham now 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. Therefore maintenance can be planned in advance and unexpected shutdowns avoided.
The main advantage of the micro flizz, in addition to the optional intelligent monitoring, is its special construction. Integrated ‘side wings’ hold the chain firmly in the stretched condition at all times 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 a soft and quiet rolling, so friction, wear, energy consumption and noise development are reduced significantly.
Another advantage is that the system is easily accessible and therefore easy to clean, thanks to its modular design. Therefore, it is also ideal in the field of pharmacy and food production. The e-chain system is available in three different sizes depending on the diameter of the cables.
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