Connected in seconds: small plug-in energy chain from igus saves 80% assembly time

The plug-in principle of the igus readychain micro-speed enables fast connection of e-chain systems in tight installation spaces

May 16, 2022 – igus®, a world leader in motion plastics and moving cable management systems, has introduced the readychain® micro-speed – a plug-in energy chain system that connects harnessed e-chain® systems in seconds without the use of tools.

With the new readychain micro-speed, igus is expanding the solution portfolio of fast plug-in energy chains. Thanks to its compactness and a width and inner height of just 20 millimeters each, the system is particularly suitable for applications where space is at a premium, such as door interlocks in machine tools.

The plug-in e-chain from igus connects harnessed e-chain systems in seconds without the use of specialized tools. This reduces assembly throughput times, machine downtime, and maintenance work to a minimum. The new readychain micro-speed e-chain is suitable for particularly small applications and really tight installation spaces.

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

With the readychain micro-speed, using tools to separate conductors from terminal strips is unnecessary before changing a cable. The connectors are integrated with 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 as quickly as the power cord of a laptop using the plug-in principle – without tools, know-how, or technicians. Any employee can perform this task without having to worry about making mistakes.

“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,” stated Markus Hüffel, Product Manager of readychain at igus.  

Customized system for individual moving applications

With the readychain micro-speed, customers receive an interface solution tailored precisely to their application. It is almost infinitely 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 fiber 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 emphasizes. “This way, the customer obtains everything from a single source, and each energy chain becomes a tailor-made product.” To learn more about igus readychain pre-assembled cable carriers, click here:

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