Position ready-to-install energy chains easily, quickly and accurately
Published on: 21st November 2023
Save installation time and improve handling: with the fast positioner, igus adds a new “assembly helper” to the readychain service
If machines or systems are at a standstill, this costs production companies valuable time and money. To make it easier for customers to install energy supply systems and reduce installation time, igus offers the readychain service with pre-assembled systems consisting of chain, cables, connector and many other components. What makes it special: igus offers customers everything from a single source igus. The energy chain is filled, fully harnessed with connectors, quality-checked and delivered ready for connection – on request in the exact installation position. igus is now supplementing this service with a new “assembly helper”: the fast positioner. This simple tool makes handling ready-to-install e-chains even easier.
In today’s fast-paced world, time is invaluable, especially when it comes to operating machines and systems. Efficient workflows and innovative solutions that save time and resources are therefore essential. “This is precisely why we offer our readychain service,” says Markus Hüffel, Product Manager readychain and readycable at igus. Customers don’t only benefit when it comes to professional work, such as cutting to length, assembling and testing the cables. Assembly time is also reduced, which increases productivity. Hüffel: “It is important to us to deliver not just a product, but a complete solution. We also think about the customer’s upstream and downstream processes and want to actively improve them. For this reason, we have now added a simple tool to our service that offers great added value: the fast positioner. It makes handling and precise positioning of the ready-to-connect energy chain systems even easier, safer and faster.” igus supplies the readychains including fast positioner in a preset installation position. For the customer, this simply means: unpack, position, detach the fast positioner – and the e-chain is ready for connection. There is no need for any other tools or double handling by several people. This makes it easier and faster to install.
Customised and sustainable solution
“We manufacture the individual parts of the fast positioner using 3D printing. They are tailored precisely to customer requirements – including individual colour selection and imprints as an identification aid,” emphasises Hüffel. They can be easily placed between the upper and lower part of an energy chain and fixed in place with cable tiewraps. Removal after placement is just as simple. In addition, the material can be regranulated and recycled. It is also possible to make the fast positioner from sustainable materials, such as corn starch. The material is both very robust and lightweight. It cannot rust and is compostable, depending on the source material.
Complete solution from a single source
The advantage with igus: customers get everything from a single source. igus carries out design, production and harnessing on site. Hence, throughput times are short and delivery fast. The fast positioner, the latest addition to the readychain service, is not only a carrying handle, but also serves as a fixing device so that the chain is always in the ideal installation position. “With this tool, we show our customers that we have thought out our solution carefully from start to finish,” concludes Hüffel.