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igus presents new chip-repellent e-tubes at EMO 2017


At EMO 2017, igus is presenting its R2.1 series energy-tubes, which are available immediately in new sizes and with even more accessories. In a test in the igus laboratory, it was shown that the tubes of the R2.1 series are among the best sealed energy-tubes for use in moving applications – In permanent movement with continuous exposure to metal chips weighing 2 kgs in total, only 0.5 grams penetrated into the tubes after 100,000 cycles. In spite of being sealed, the tubes of the R2.1 series can be opened very easily, which makes assembly work even easier.

Doubly easy – This is the slogan for the R2.1 series energy-tubes from the motion plastics specialist igus. Easy because the tubes, which keep chips out, only consist of two parts: a link and a crossbar that functions as a form-fit lid. Easy because these lids can be opened very easily from both sides – now, this can be done along either the inner or outer radius. Users can choose the type that is best for their needs, which makes assembly and maintenance work even easier.

“The chip-proof e-tubes from igus are primarily of interest in the area of machine tool making as a reliable energy supply in an environment where chips are often present,” explains Lukas Czaja, Head of Industry Management Machine Tools at igus. “This industry is faced with the enormous challenge of mastering the increasing pressure of prices combined with rapidly growing technical requirements. The R2.1 series provides outstanding chip protection, can be assembled efficiently and stands out due to its very good price/performance ratio.”

During the chip test in the 2,750 square metre igus test laboratory, it was shown that the tubes of the R2.1 series are among the tightest sealed energy-tubes on the market. During this laboratory test, the tube is moved continuously in a chip drum filled with two kgs of metal chips of very different sizes and shapes. After 100,000 cycles, the size 40 e-tube R2.1 only let 0.5 grams of chips accumulate inside.

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