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General Controls/Drives E4-1 energy chain cable carriers igus

igus introduces the all new E4-1 Energy Chain cable carriers.

East Providence, RI—igus will unveil the E4-1, one of its newest Energy Chain cable carriers, during the 2013 Las Vegas Pack Expo, September 23-25, 2013 at booth #S5552.

The new E4-1 combines the features and benefits of its three predecessors in the E4 cable carrier range, including low noise, ruggedness and modularity, and, according to igus, it is ideal for a wide range of industrial applications such as cranes, machine tools, construction machinery and robotic handling systems.

The E4-1 features an easy-to-open, double-lock design, which allows the cable carrier to be opened and closed using a flathead screwdriver. The lids can be removed from both sides of the carrier and are hinged on the outer radius for fast cable installation. The cable carrier’s smooth interior combined with numerous cable separation options not only prevents cable damage, but ensures the cables remain secure while the carrier is in motion.

Contact noise is greatly reduced thanks to a unique, integrated brake function on the cable carrier’s radial stop-dogs. Rolling noise is also lessened because of the small pitch of the cable carrier. In addition, noise-dampening side plates and rubber profiles for guide troughs can be used to further reduce noise generation.

With E4-1, tight tolerances can be achieved even in extremely demanding applications. The pin-and-bore connections enable the absorption of high push-pull forces that can occur over long travel distances. Cable carrier wear is kept to a minimum because the large connections distribute forces over a significant surface area.

The E4-1 is available in both an open or closed design for hot chip areas. igus also offers a comprehensive line of Chainflex continuous-flex cables for use in Energy Chain cable carriers.

To learn more about System E4-1, visit, To make an appointment with an igus representative at Las Vegas Pack Expo 2013, contact via e-mail at


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