A lightweight alternative to corrugated tubes

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Igus has extended its range of energy supply systems with the introduction of ‘e-skin’, a lightweight, versatile alternative to conventional corrugated tubes. The easy-to-open hose is said to be suitable for a variety of delicate applications, where demands on the energy supply systems are not particularly high, and can even be used in the clean-room for short unsupported lengths.

Typical applications include pick and place, printers and other machines where corrugated tubes are currently used. However, due to its abrasion resistance and water and dust-proof offering, e-skin is also cleanroom compatible in accordance with IPA Class 1.

The e-skin has a defined movement direction and can also support itself. It can therefore be used as a horizontal energy supply for short unsupported lengths. In addition, the modular tube can be extended and is claimed to offer more space than round corrugated tubes, due to its oval design.

The simple and reusable opening mechanism allows for trouble-free maintenance and inspection of the cables and is completely sealed once closed. The e-skin can be tailored to an individual application and is available in a variety of materials and colours.

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