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The large igus® the-chain test lab

Reducing costs while guaranteeing the highest possible process reliability: only those who invest considerable resources in testing and research, such as igus®, can successfully address these competing requirements. In the industry's largest test laboratory, more than 10 million test cycles are carried out every year at 180 testing stations with e-chains® and chainflex® cables.
Our mechanical engineering components pass the "litmus test" presented by production reality, because they have already passed this test before they ever leave the igus® warehouse.
4,100 energy chain system tests annually at 180 test stations: climate chamber, outdoor tests, noise chamber, travel lengths up to 130m, robot systems etc.

energy chain® and cable test lab

Better products, but more affordable – a key ingredient: igus® research and development.

 

View of the igus® test laboratory

Leak test in the chip drum

 

Endurance tests of moving cables

 

Media-resistance tests of e-chains® and cables

 

Cold tests in climatic test cabinets as low as -40°C

 

Test of tribological properties of the bearings

 

View of the e-chainsystems® test laboratory

 
Bending/breakage tests of e-chains®  
 

Details of current tests

Cable wear virtually halved

Interior separation in e-chains®: Cable wear virtually halved under the toughest conditions.

Cable wear virtually halved    

Cleanroom tests

Cleanroom tests: Preliminary "cleanroom" test at the igus® lab

Cleanroom tests    

Comparison of unsupported length

How does the unsupported length of the igus® e-chains® Series E2.15 and 08 differ under load?

Comparison of unsupported length    

Comparison test: E4.42, E4.48L and 3500

e-chain comparison test: E.4.42, E4.48L and 3500

Comparison test: E4.42, E4.48L and 3500    

e-chain® series E6.1 is extremely quiet

e-chain® series E6.1 is extremely quiet

e-chain® series E6.1 is extremely quiet    

e-tube R4.38L

igus® plastic e-tube R4.38L vs. competitor's closed energy chain made of metal

e-tube R4.38L    

igus® locks

74% stronger cross bars with igus® locks

igus® locks    

Lighter energy chain with less sag

Lighter energy chain with less sag

Lighter energy chain with less sag    

Noise test

Noise testing on P4 profile roller e-chain®

Noise test    

Offshore comparison test

Offshore energy chain for use on the seabed

Offshore comparison test    

Oil test with e-chains®

Ranging from metal chips to wood dust and fluids: we have the right solution for your energy supply system.

Oil test with e-chains®    

Rigid mounting brackets

Absorption of maximum bending torque on rigid mounting brackets, so that these function reliably even when exposed to lateral acceleration.

Rigid mounting brackets    

Series P4

Series P4 - endurance runner for long travels at high speeds.

Series P4    

Tensile and breaking test of the largest plastic e-chain®

The standard test machines are not strong enough to break the E4.350.

Tensile and breaking test of the largest plastic e-chain®    

Tensile testing with energy chains in oil

Tensile testing with energy chains in oil

Tensile testing with energy chains in oil    

Test 2233 - CF5.10.25 control cable

CF5.10.25 control cable withstands 42 million strokes with a bend radius of 100 mm.

Test 2233 - CF5.10.25 control cable    

Test of E4.48L in comparison with competitor's product

igus® E4.48L and a competitor's product are tested with regard to unsupported length as well as tensile strength and resistance to breakage.

Test of E4.48L in comparison with competitor's product    

Test of e-chain® E4

chainflex® cables show no wear even after 222,776 cycles

Test of e-chain® E4    

Test report - e-spool®

The requirements regarding the permissible volume of noise produced by moving products in the stage area are very high.

Test report - e-spool®    

What else is tested in the test laboratory?

In the igus® test lab, thorough examination is performed not only for the e-chain® components. iglidur® plain bearings, chainflex® cables, drylin® linear plain bearings and axes, lead screw systems and robolink® components are tested thoroughly as well.