igus (East Providence, RI) has developed the first plastic-steel hybrid energy chains for safe and compact vertical guidance of cables and hoses. The new energy supply system, called the YE.42, is 50 percent lighter than conventional steel chains due to the high-performance polymers manufactured by igus. The hybrid chains provide 50 percent more unsupported length than plastic energy chains and have higher rigidity. The chains are easy to assemble and maintain due to their modular design, and operators can rely on work platforms or vertical lifts for a safe, lightweight, cost-effective and quickly replaceable system.
Hybrid energy chains will be available with an inner height of 42 millimeters and a width of 50 to 400 millimeters with a bend radius of 100 millimeters. Other sizes are available upon request. The new energy supply system will also be available as a ready to connect, harnessed readychain system with chain-friendly and tested chainflex cables, hydraulic components, hoses and hose fittings.