e-chains® and chainflex® cables in the cleanroom
Clean room - hundreds of e-chains® and cables with class 1 to 4 ex stock.
The company igus® is one of the leading manufacturers in the field of energy chains in the cleanroom technology and has been successfully testing its products since 1997. What began at the Dryden Engineering Company, California for the E2 mini series 10 and 14 and Zipper series 15 (class 1 (ISO class 3) cleanroom class) was completed with an extensive testing and certification programme in the in-house lab (with 2,750 m² floor area, the largest of its kind in Europe) and continued at the Fraunhofer IPA Institut. Today, therefore, igus® is able to offer an IPA-certified range of e-chains®, which ensures the energy supply in cleanrooms is appropriate and easy to use. And for the customer, igus® not only offers energy chains, but also the right cable for moving applications.
In order to manufacture the best possible product for individual customer requirements, igus® constantly tackles the challenges of cleanroom technology. A technology that is entering more and more areas of application and demands permanent quality improvements from the manufacturer. Due to its intensive research activities, igus® is well prepared for this future market. As the latest development, we have added the cleanroom chain systemE6.1 to the product range and subjected it to IPA test procedures. The results surprised even the examiners. Despite all the new features it immediately achieved the ISO Class 1. The internationally binding and demanding standard DIN EN ISO 14644-1 in cleanroom technology today has been fulfilled. In addition to the many general benefits of the E6.1 system, such as its ease of handling, its light weight and even easier installation, the innovative low-abrasion connector principle makes it ideal for the needs of the cleanroom. Even large unsupported lengths can be bridged. In addition, the E6.1 is characterised by an extremely low noise travel, with values from 46 dB(A). The E6.1 is thus an IPA-certified, stable second-generation e-chainsystem®, which has proven its cleanroom suitability.
In addition to the cleanroom-suitable energy chains, igus® can also offer other "normal" e-chains®, which offer good to excellent test values. Our E3 system has also been awarded the ISO Class 1 quality mark. Conceived as a small, three-piece e-chain, it is designed for dynamic use offering smooth, low vibration and almost silent running with values from 38 db(A). With still lower operational noise, the band chain system T3 runs with just 37db (A). Thanks to the interlinking of side bands that can be plugged into one another, virtually complete freedom from wear is achieved. The T3 is therefore suitable for highly dynamic applications and can be used in a variety of ways due to its ISO Class 2 in cleanroom technology.
The fact that the standard igus® e-chains® are also suitable for cleanrooms is the result of the high quality requirements we place on all our products. Our laboratory in Cologne does the valuable and necessary research, which has been confirmed by the positive test reports of the IPA. The "all-rounder", the E4.1 system, which is practically for universal use, was able to meet the IPA standards due to the meticulous testing by our lab staff, just as the E2/000 system, which enjoys a worldwide popularity among mechanical engineers. All in all, the success of all igus® e-chains® at the IPA test rigs demonstrates the appropriateness of our corporate strategy of investing heavily in research and development.
Our e-chains® display their maximum potential in combination with our chainflex® cable types, which are optimally adapted to the highly dynamic energy chains. The customer can choose from a product range of 1,030 chainflex® cable types for the moving application. Of these, 620 types* have a cleanroom certificate. They were tested by the IPA as moving cables inserted in the e-chains® and performed equally convincingly. The combination of igus® e-chains® and chainflex® cables guarantees optimum performance and service life.
*chainflex® cables: chainflex® cables CF130, CF77, CF9, CF27, CF34 plus the CF clean air hose certified in accordance with ISO Class 1 - IPA.