Energy chain specialist igus showcased its ‘readychain speed’ pre-harnessed energy chain system at Southern Manufacturing 2015. The energy chain is ready to fit directly onto a machine without the need for specialist tools, saving time and money in environments, such as automotive production lines, where downtime can be extremely costly.
“In very high-cost production environments, such as the automotive industry, production downtime is costly,” says Justin Leonard, director, igus. “Whenever possible, spare sub-assemblies are kept in-stock to enable quick swap out should damage occur. The readychain® speed pre-harnessed energy chain system is a single unit and as such can be exchanged quickly, reducing machinery downtime significantly.”
In the igus system, all services such as fibre optic, control, servo, data and pneumatic lines, are pre-harnessed into a single hybrid modular connector. In addition, the energy chain itself doesn’t need to be bolted into place – it’s simply latched into position without the need for specialist tools.
More information at www.igus.co.uk