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igus® S.L.U.

Ctra. Llobatona, 6

Poligono Noi del Sucre

08840 Viladecans Barcelona

+34 93 647 39 50
+34 93 647 39 51

Change now: motion plastics® from igus® – simply last longer!

Corrosion-free, robust and reliable

igus® e-chains® are already in use today in tens of thousands of applications – They guide and protect cables and hoses on oil platforms, in steelworks and in other heavy machinery. They have a modular design and are therefore easy to install. They are media-friendly and suitable for large, heavy and stiff cables and hoses. Our e-chains® withstand hot chips with temperatures up to +850° C .
Many arguments speak for the use of energy chains of high-performance plastics for moving applications, particularly in the heavy-duty area.

Strong and flexible

Hot chips up to 850 °C

Fill weights up to 600 kg/m

90.000 types from stock

100% corrosion-free

Quick assembly

Easy filling

Low weight

Quiet operation

Low vibration


100% lubrication free

Circular movements possible

Cable drum without slip ring

80% reduction of process costs

Cables with 36 months guarantee

75% decrease in drive energy

Online calculation available

CAD download possible


Assembled on request

Worldwide service

Delivery service from 24h

Application examples for heavy duty

Bucket wheel excavator

Energy chain system e-loop is used in the bucket wheel excavator of Holcim for cement production.

Energy chain in open-air storage facility for alumina production

Design and installation of a roller energy chain for outdoor use on a bauxite stockpile - an environment with extremely harsh ambient conditions.

Ejection belts

The conveyor belt conveys highly flammable sulphur and transports it to its destination in the harbour area.

Assembly robot

This robot lifts heavy work pieces weighing up to 1.7 tons.

Tunnel building crane

Tunnel construction is generally space constrained, thus requiring compact components.

Coal transport system

The motors in this system need a large number of cables.

Working platform

This new design permits a variety of multiple tunnel construction processing steps to be performed by one machine.

Casting implements for car rims

Automotive wheels are manufactured here using the gravity die casting process.

Zinc electrolysis, bathing halls

The sulfur fumes generated by the electrolysis are highly corrosive and corrode the customer's system. igus® products withstand these extreme conditions.

Rocket launch site

The igus products used are designed for moving applications in such a way that they have a long service life and are absolutely reliable.

Heavy load transporter

Rugged energy chains are technically and economically the first choice in the construction of an extendable heavy load transporter.

The longest travel with plastic energy chain

e-chain® travel of 615 m exceeds the longest so far in the port of Singapore.

Taconite mine

The next long distance with a plastic chain: 550 m.

Tile factories

Extreme stressing from tile dus in the building material industry.

Road construction

An asphalt finisher applies hot and cold bitumen mixtures. The e-chain® supplies the front area of the vehicle and is exposed to extreme dirt.

Heavy fillings

e-chains® for heavy-duty uses: Guiding of the supply cables of a quenching chamber, which moves toward the linked vacuum ovens.

Power plants

Safe function despite extreme dirt accumulation: Parallel facility in the waste-to-energy plant

Waste incineration plant

Safe application of e-chains® in waste incineration plant

Tunnel construction

Tunnel boring in defined sections with the assistance of an igus® e-chain system®, which guides the essential hose cables section by section.

Steel mills

Temperatures up to 1200°C or lashing blaze from the oven pose high demands on the plant.

Waste incineration plant

Application of e-chains® in waste incineration plants: Strong dirt with high metal content and 300,000 t waste every year.

Thermal application

igus® roller chain in power plant application: Strong dust, application of the chains in trolley and crane, the crane drive arranged in the opposite direction.

Coal-fired power plant

Operation in severe dust. The energy chains are employed in trolley and crane, the crane drive arranged in the opposite direction.

Offshore industry

High pressure hydraulic hoses + power cables. Extreme weather environment but this chain delivers and delivers.

Coal-fired power plant

e-chain system® for a coal unloader. Operating since three years without any problem.

Ship unloading crane

Application of e-chain® systems in ship unloader

Offshore industry

Tube handling plant provides an igus® plastic e-chain®. e-chain® ensures high stability and reliability in pipehandling.

Steel works

Extremely difficult conditions: Dirt and dust, heavy filling, long travel and high temperatures. The system functions since 2003.

Mining industry

The e-chain® is located in the area of the rotating assembly in a bucket-wheel excavator.

Lignite quarrying

The wagon makes a 180° turn and empties into the coal bunker. The energy chain secures the energy supply of the rotating device.

Composting plant

Heat, abrasive dirt, high atmospheric moisture: These are only some of the ambient conditions in a composting plant.

Sewage treatment plant

Energy chain system instead of cable drum - Smooth operation at the sewage treatment plant since 2000


Desde el 2001, los Cojinetes iglidur® G funcionan sin lubricante y sin señales de desgate notables en las condicionas extremas de empleo de las máquinas de construcción.

Fresadora para tubos de hormigón

La fresadora de hormigón funciona desde hace tres años sin mantenimiento en las condiciones más rudas.

Ship unloader

441 m travel: Reduction of tensile forces by about 75%.

Sewage treatment plant

The used igus® products prove themselves till today and drastically reduce the maintenance input.

Sewage treatment plant

The existing system with a motor cable drum proved to be not resistant enough in the difficult outdoor environmental conditions, and was replaced by a flizz® system.

Piling and drilling rigs

The driven boring machine produces extremevibrations and heavy soiling duringthe work process.

Dismantling tool

Flexible chainflex® CF9 control cables and various hoses in zig-zag application.

Maintenance-free operation for 8 years

The energy chain employed in 2000 runs smoothly.

Indoor and outdoor cranes

Outdoor cranes must withstand harsh weather conditions. Indoor cranes also work under alternating moisture influences with simultaneous extremely high temperatures.

Deep drilling system TBA

Energy chains in automated deep drilling rig.

Más ejemplos de aplicaciones duras

Noruega. Aplicación en vertical para Aker Solutions S.A.
Instalación en la plataforma semi-sumergible West Edrill

Alemania. Desmantelamiento de un Reactor de Investigación en Karlsruhe. Desmantelamiento de una cadena en zig-zag en una central nuclear.

República Checa. Lhoist A.S Diseño modular en acero para trabajos con cal.

República Checa. Sistema de cadena portacables e-chain® encapsulado instalado directamente en una cinta transportadora de carbón.

República Checa. CEZ Group S.A. Suministro de energía para el transporte de carbón

República Checa. Sistema de ventilación de una central eléctrica.

Planta de fabricación de ladrillo más grande del mundo. Midland Bricks, Australia. Tres cadenas portacables llevan tres años funcionando de manera constante y se mantienen igual que el primer día.

Trabajos con acero y hierro de Maanshan. Las cadenas portacables han de soportar cargas y temperaturas elevadas, mucho polvo y altas velocidades.

Voestalpine Stahl Donawitz: gran acumulación de suciedad durante el fresado de raíles.

Eslovaquia, fabrica de aluminio. Sin errores de funcionamiento desde hace 9 años. Carrera 62m, velocidad 0,3 m/s.

República Checa. Sistema de ventilación en una fábrica de cal.

Alemania. Fabrica de fertilizantes BASF en Ludwigshafen. Cadena portacables 4040.32.250.0 funcionando desde 1998.

Austria, Niklasdorf, ABV: planta térmica para el suministro de calefacción centralizada urbana.

Grúa RTG en la India, carrera: 22m, cadena portacables: 5050.30.550.0, cliente: Kalmar, para ATM

Polvo de yeso

Grúa de muelle con sistema de cadena portacables e-chain® de igus®. Posibilidad de carreras largas de hasta 800 metros.

Noruega: cadenas portacables con cables chainflex® en un túnel de lavado para camiones. Contacto diario con polvo y barro del exterior. Los cables chainflex® siguen funcionando perfectamente.

Shagang, trabajos con acero y hierro en China. Altas temperaturas, velocidades elevadas y polvo denso.

República Checa. CEZ Group S.A. Diseño modular para el suministro de energía en una excavadora de carbón con rueda de cangilones.

Carreras con longitudes largas en un almacén de mercancías.

Constructor de grúas «Noell» en Panamá. Grúa RTG, carrera 19,5 m, hasta 60 m/min.

República Checa. Astillero en Kresice-Loubi: punto de repostaje para buques de carga.

Planta de compostaje

Trabajos con acero y hierro de Meishan, Nankin en China Grúa con polvo denso y velocidades altas.

Tested... tested ... tested

igus® experimental laboratory

igus® operates the largest test laboratory in its industry, with test setups for energy chains, highly flexible cables, plastic bearings as well as plain bearings, ball bearings and linear bearings, lead screw drives, bar stock, etc.

Everything from a single source

igus® Engineering Service

Reduce your costs for the realization of energy supply systems. We offer tailored solutions for challenging applications worldwide.

Lower process costs online

igus® online tools

Use one of our many online tools to configure your product as you need it. Reduce your process costs with online tools and many other useful online services.

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