Cables weighing tonnes guides by igus energy chain

Harnessed and tested e-loop energy supply system increases safety and reduces procurement and installation time, igus claimed.


To guide cables safely in hanging applications, igus has developed the e-loop as an alternative to the service loop. This is because the service loop often causes a number of issues, such as cables having no guide, no defined bend radius, or even causing breakage. When servicing or repairing the service loop, the complete system has to be replaced as the cables are sealed together.

Tim Schneebeck, industry manager oil and gas at igus, explained: “The three-dimensional energy supply chain combines the advantages of a polymer energy chain with a high-strength pull rope. The rope absorbs the tensile forces inside the chain and transmits them to the mounting brackets. This means that the cables remain completely strain-relieved.”

The e-chain is made of polymer, offers a defined bend radius, and is able to withstands vibrations and shocks as it is equipped with PU protectors.

Igus has further expanded the e-loop series to include a version with crossbars every second link. The new version has been developed for stationary applications, for example, in shore power supply, for the energy supply from the mast to the power container. The e-loop is also available with rollers and handle modules so that it can be easily moved from one point to another over the floor at quay facilities.