Igus’ E4Q energy chain wins German Design Award

The latest energy chain generation design is said to save weight, increase strength, and reduce assembly time by 40%.

Igus’ E4Q energy chain series has been awarded the German Design Award for its design. The E4Q energy chain series was developed to achieve the best possible solution for unsupported and long travels. In the process, shapes inspired by nature ensure low weight, while a tool-free opening concept reduces installation time by 40%.

Furthermore, in the Excellent Product Design category, the E4Q was awarded as well as the innovative Module Connect Adapter, with which energy chains including cables can be connected to the machine by means of a click system.

Michael Blaß, head of the e-chain systems division at igus, said: “In order to optimise the material and thus the weight of the energy chain, our developers have been inspired by nature. The rounded design is very organic, and is found on the outside of the chain links and the stop-dogs. This reduces the weight by 10% compared to the previous E4.1 series, and also the drive energy.”

Despite the material cut-outs, the new development has 20% higher strength and stability. The chain links of this energy chain generation continue to have a completely new crossbar concept with locking straps. These ensure that the series can be opened and closed in seconds without tools. Filling is therefore easy, and the installation time is reduced by 40%.