igus® e-chains® placed on their side can be used unsupported to a limited extent. The turned "unsupported length" in this case is dependent on the following factors:
Width of the e-chain®
Side-mounted e-chains® can travel over 100 m with adequate guidance. All types of chain are designed so that they can be operated to glide on their side parts. The gliding partner can be an igus® plastic, stainless steel or galvanized steel, depending on how high the speed and service life requirements are. Roller and ball bearings or additional gliding elements are not necessary for igus® energy chains. The diagram below shows the principle of a guide trough for side-mounted applications.
Cables and hoses
Cables and hoses must be guided so that they can move freely in the e-chain® at any time. The igus® system kit offers many options for this purpose, for example spacers. igus® will gladly provide an application analysis, free of charge.