igus has developed energy chain solutions that guide cables safely in small installation spaces. It has been designed to address the requirements for autonomous door systems, which are increasing from a standard 200,000 opening and closing cycles to 500,000 cycles.
The number of seat and mirror adjustments per day also increases during car sharing and stresses the energy systems. A fail-safe and long-lasting guidance of the moving cables in very small spaces is therefore required. Here, the use of energy chains from igus is optimal. They protect and guide cables safely even at extreme temperatures. The high-performance plastic from which they are made ensures that they are not only free of corrosion and lubrication, but also very light.
At the IAA, igus will be showing the e-chain E2 micro, a specially designed for minimal installation spaces and is currently being used in electric sliding doors. Available in various sizes for a wide range of application scenarios in the automobile, from the windshield wiper to the tailgate, the E2 micro is suited to ensure energy and signal supply lines safely. With a size of 4.5 millimetres, it is a small plastic energy chain and is suitable for the most confined spaces.
The e-chains of the E2C.10 and E2C.15 series made from the high-performance igumid G are resistant to temperatures of -40 up to +80 degrees and can implement accelerations of up to 3 m/s². With its small pitch, the E2 micro ensures quiet running, wherein relatively large connecting pins between the chain links provide a long service life. Due to their low weight, their use is particularly suitable for highly dynamic applications.