World’s largest plastic energy chain for offshore applications

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Igus has announced the E4.350 ESD energy chain, claimed to be the largest plastic energy chain in the world, developed specifically for offshore applications, and other industries where oversized cables and hoses need to be guided and protected.

The high-performance engineering plastic used in the E4.350 is said to be more cost effective, lighter and stronger than steel. It is also resistant to corrosion and weathering, and unaffected by exposure to chemicals and petrochemicals, as well as by exposure to UV light from the sun.

Manufactured from igumid ESD, a permanently conductive tribopolymer that incorporates additives that ensure electrostatic charge is dissipated in a controlled manner, the E4.350 ESD energy chain is suitable for use in areas where the ATEX or IECEx standard applies. The material is self-lubricating, requiring no grease or oil on the joints throughout its working life, even in the presence of high levels of soiling and contaminants; this is claimed to reduce, and can even eliminate the need for routine maintenance.

Modular in design, the E4.350 energy chain can be shortened and lengthened as required. In addition, igus energy chains offer rigidity and high load capacity when shear forces are at work due to their tongue and groove design. An Interior separation system and mounting brackets can be supplied.

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