Making light work of lifting applications

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Igus has introduced e-spool power for its e-spool cable management system. Fitted with a quiet-running electric motor to drive the spool and electronic control system integrated with limit switches, e-spool power is suited to applications such as theatre and stage, indoor cranes, maritime and ship construction and operates at temperatures down to below 0°C.

The e-spool power motor drives the e-chain to its end position of 25m then back onto the spool again. However, Igus say 50m is possible. The maximum extension/retraction speed of e-spool power is 1.2m/s.

With traditional reeling drums, it is not possible to mix services and generally only one cable type can be used. In addition, a slip ring is often necessary to accommodate the inner rotation. Igus says the e-spool cable management system allows different cable and hose types together, accommodating diameters up to 17mm. Igus also claim that no slip ring required on the e-spool and tensile load on the cables is removed.

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