igus has developed a plastic–steel hybrid energy chain for extending-arm applications such as cherry pickers, telehandlers and boom lifts. Compared with conventional steel energy chains, which are sometimes used in these applications, the new YE.42 e-chain is 50 per cent lighter. It also provides up to 10m unsupported travel, which is 50 per cent more than for plastic energy chains.
The hybrid design has particularly high rigidity and is easy to install and maintain thanks to its modular design. The links of the YE.42 are quick to assemble without using screws, rivets or bolts; this is a clear advantage over steel energy chains, which may loosen under vibration. The hinged crossbars enable cables and hoses to be installed and replaced quickly.
For the interior of the energy chain, igus offers a wide range of separators for protecting cables and hoses. The YE.42 energy chain is also available as a pre-assembled readychain system with chainflex cables and connectors, and hoses and fittings.
igus has produced a short video to highlight the features and benefits of the new YE hybrid energy chains. Follow the links to watch the video and for more information about the new YE hybrid e-chain.