Guiding energy safely on long travels and at low cost, this was the goal behind the development of the autoglide 5 from igus. The new energy chain system is designed for horizontal use in intralogistics and on crane systems. One key feature is that the energy supply can be quickly installed, as it does not require a guide trough. Instead, it lies on a steel wire rope held in place by the e-chain contour.
Many operators rely on busbar systems for power and data transmission in tight, compact spaces and for fast lane movements, for example, in storage and retrieval units. Igus has now developed the autoglide 5 to be able to guide horizontal cables at speeds of up to 4m/s and up to 80m travel distance even without a trough.
Christian Strauch, industry manager intralogistics at igus, explained: “The autoglide 5 can easily be installed in the aisle on a rope or a profile. It is above all attractive with its low price, an 88% shorter installation time compared to trough systems and its maintenance-free operation. Thus, the new energy supply offers an alternative to the busbar systems.”
To install the autogilde 5, the intralogistics technician needs the supplied metal rope, which is then stretch on the aisle floor. Alternatively, guidance via a plastic rope or a profile is also possible. The e-chain can travel on the rope, because the igus developers have come up with a guide concept. The underside of the chain links has a guide element in the middle, so that the energy chain can rest on the rope.
For wear-resistant and precise gliding of the upper run of the chain on the lower run, the engineers relied on the igus autoglide elements. This system consists of comb-like, injection-moulded crossbars that prevent the energy chain from sliding out. This allows the user to dispense with a guide trough completely.