Published 30-03-2021
| Article appears in April 2021 Issue

Reduce assembly time of energy chains with new igus adapters

26-03-2021
igus Module Connect

The igus Module Connect interface is designed to be safe and quick, and reduces the assembly time of energy chains by 80 percent. 

The igus Module Connect, which is available from Treotham Automation, becomes an interface with the adapter, which greatly reduces assembly time.

A conventional system would require an installation, plugging and locking the individual plug-in connectors into the system.

Extra work steps, such as installing and filling the empty energy chain, adjusting the overhangs and laying the cables, will mean a process involving several hours.

However as readychain product manager at Igus GmbH, Markus Huffel says, the process is much quicker with the award-winning new igus Module Connect.

"With the help of the igus Module Connect adapter, the entire assembly can be connected quickly. This means that it is only plugged in once and locked once. The self-coding of the Module Connect excludes the possibility of errors. In this way, we reduce the installation time from several hours to minutes.

In the event of service, the maintenance technician can simply disconnect the energy chain with the adapter, re-insert a harnessed energy supply system and put the machine or system back into operation.”

Think of this example. A user has 16 cables which he wants to insert into an energy chain ready to plug & play. Four variable inserts fit into one Module Connect. By combining four Module Connect modules, the customer creates his individual interface. 

Safe and quick connecting, that is the idea behind the Module Connect interface concept, which igus developed for applications where a large number of connected cables come together in a very small space. 

Instead of connecting each cable individually, the energy chain systems can be plugged in in seconds through the low-profile and space-saving housing. 

Depending on the housing, the user can choose up to four Harting Han Modular inserts, e.g. for pneumatics, power, BUS and signal, from a modular system. 

The connectors can be individually connected to each other. A high contact density is thus possible for every application. igus developed an adapter so that the connector can also be safely connected to the energy chain. 

Depending on the chain series, chain width and number of Module Connect connectors, igus manufactures the adapter for each customer in 3D printing and soon also as a modular series part in injection moulding. 
It is then simply fastened on the Module Connect and attached to the chain using a snap-in mechanism. 

Learn more about the igus Module Connect adapter in this video:  

igus Module Connect

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