igus' RX enclosed cable carrier keeps debris out

igus has developed an energy tube especially for the machine-tool industry that is almost 100% chip-proof. The airtight, fully enclosed cable carrier ensures all debris simply falls off.

The RX energy tube has a specially designed, smooth domed exterior onto which debris — such as metal or wood chips — can not attach itself. Connecting parts are concealed on the interior to facilitate this. Comprehensive tests — including underwater experiments — have been carried out in igus’ test laboratories to confirm that the energy tube is 100% airtight.

Despite this, the RX energy tube can be easily opened using a screwdriver to unscrew bolts integrated into the outer radius of each link. There is also a large interior space for cables and hoses, which can be separated using vertical separators, and a horizontal shelf to safely route cables and hoses, preventing abrasion.

The energy tube is well suited to short, self-supporting lengths inside tooling machines. The chip-proof cable carrier was also developed to be used in reverse bending radius (RBR) applications. The RX energy tube is available in a high-temperature version, made from the special, high-temperature material, "igumid HT". This version ensures that even red-hot chips up to 1,562°F fall off the tube rather than melt onto it. The enclosed cable carriers can also be delivered as pre-assembled ReadyChains, already harnessed with cables, hoses and internal separators, as required by the customer.

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