There are very high demands for pure manufacturing environments in the production of microchips, OLEDs, LCDs, implants and semiconductors, and in the pharmaceutical industry. Every type of contamination has a direct effect on the product and can lead to serious damage for the manufacturer.
As a result, igus developed its easily openable e-skin, an enclosed corrugated tube, four years ago. The e-skin is made of tribologically optimised, abrasion-resistant plastic, has a modular structure, and can be filled quickly.
To make the e-skin suitable for use in compact rooms, it has now been fitted with a new soft material. The new e-skin soft can also be used in small installation spaces on short unsupported lengths. And for very flat installation spaces, igus also offers a product with a chamber design: the e-skin flat. Both designs were convincing in noise tests: the e-skin soft recorded 32.4 dBA and the e-skin flat, 29 dBA, making them significantly quieter than alternative solutions on the market.
The e-skin soft is based on the modular principle of the proven e-skin. The separable upper and lower shells of the energy chain can be easily put together by a zip to form a fully enclosed tube, which is dustproof and water-resistant. This guarantees cleanroom compatibility, quick filling and maintenance of the cables.
The e-skin flat has been developed especially for very tight installation spaces, for example in semiconductor manufacturing. It consists of a profile with three cable chambers, extruded from high-performance plastics. It is very flat and allows a very small bend radius and a low clearance height. The profiles can be connected to wider systems. In contrast to alternative solutions, the cables in the e-skin flat are not shrink-wrapped but are inserted into the chambers.
In the event of maintenance, cables can simply be pulled in without having to install a new energy supply system, reducing costs and improving technology. In a second expansion stage, the individual chambers are openable from the outside thanks to a zip system, so that maintenance can be sped up further.
These products are available in Australia and New Zealand through Treotham Automation. Customers can receive them immediately as a ready-to-connect complete system with chainflex cables. They have the choice of more than 918 highly flexible cables with IPA class 1 certification, which are specifically developed for use in e-chains. All igus’s cables are tested under real conditions in its 3800m2 laboratory in Cologne, Germany. This makes igus the only manufacturer in the world to offer a 36-month guarantee on its range of cables.
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