Small plug-in energy chain from igus saves 80% assembly time

The readychain micro-speed is the smallest version of the pre-assembled, ready-to-connect e-chain systems from igus (Image: igus GmbH)

Plug-in principle of the readychain micro-speed enables fast connection of e-chain systems in tight installation spaces.

The plug-in energy chain system readychain speed from igus connects harnessed e-chain systems in seconds and without the use of tools. This reduces both throughput times in assembly and machine downtimes, and also brings planned maintenance work to a minimum. The ready-to-connect e-chain system thus saves 80% installation time. With the new readychain micro-speed, this is now also possible for very small applications and in particularly tight installation spaces.

Regardless of industry, country or company, if a cable in a machine is defective, leading to machine failure, the resulting downtime and consequential costs can be considerable. With the readychain speed from igus, the e-chain system can be replaced easily and quickly in, and the machine can start operation again immediately.  For very narrow installation spaces, igus offers the readychain micro-speed model.

Cables can be quickly replaced like the power cord of a laptop

With the new readychain micro-speed, igus is expanding the solution portfolio of fast plug-in energy chains. At a width and inner height of 20mm each, the system is particularly suitable for applications where space is at a premium, such as door interlocks in machine tools. With the readychain micro-speed, it is not necessary to separate cores from the terminal strips using tools before changing a cable. This is due to the fact that the connectors are integrated in the energy chain and the cable is already connected on both sides. Thus, the entire assembly is designed to be pluggable.

The counterpart, an add-on housing with bushing, can be flanged to the machine housing. If a change is required, the e-chain can be replaced using the plug-in principle — without tools, knowledge, and technicians. Any employee can perform this task without worry of making mistakes.

Markus Hüffel, product manager of readychain at igus, said: “Thanks to this flexibility, the response speed increases in case of failures, so that downtimes can be reduced many times over. And that’s with a small investment.”

Customised system for individual moving applications

With the readychain micro-speed, customers receive an interface solution tailored to their application. It is nearly freely configurable and, like the larger readychain speed, can be combined with cables from the wide range of chainflex cables from igus — including power cables, bus cables, Ethernet cables and fibre optic cables. The cables are protected from mechanical damage thanks to the e-chain.

“The required connectors, housings and connections can be planned individually”, Hüffel emphasised. “This way, the customer obtains everything from a single source, and each energy chain becomes a tailor-made product.