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Components for SRU & shuttles - energy-efficient, fail-safe, lightweight

Storage systems must work reliably, often around the clock. In order to store and retrieve loads quickly, transfer trolleys (also called cross transfer or shifting trolleys), shuttle systems and storage and retrieval units (SRU) are used in high-bay warehouses and automated small parts warehouses. For the safe supply of signal and energy and trouble-free movement of these systems, igus offers maintenance-free and durable energy chains, cables and bearing components. Our energy supply systems are developed for horizontal and vertical movements with high dynamics, require little installation space and ensure greater energy efficiency thanks to their lightweight construction.

Benefits of igus products:

  • Maintenance-free for 24/7 use
  • Save installation space and weight
  • Low noise and low vibration
  • Easy assembly
  • Fast delivery
  • Predictable service life online
  • Complete systems or individual components from batch size 1

New products in 2021

Light, fast, 25% more stroke height

Vertical energy supply

▲ Tech up
  • Easy vertical energy supply with minimal effort 
  • Rocking of the e-chain is reliably avoided
▼ Cost down
  • Considerably more cost-effective than a chain completely enclosed in a housing
  • Fast assembly on site and minimised transport costs

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Horizontal travels set up quickly

Hybrid cables suitable for SEW MOVILINK DDI

Monitoring bus cables without additional measuring cores

Curious about more innovations? You can find the news overview here.

Busbar system vs. energy chain

There are two systems for electrifying moving systems that have been on the market for a long time and work well: the busbar system and the energy chain. But both have their weaknesses, depending on where and how they are used. This video by industry manager Christian Strauch goes over the critical criteria for system selection and explains which system has an advantage in price, safety, maintenance, installation and functional range.
There is more information on the topic in our white paper, which you can download for free:

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Selected products for SRUs, shuttle systems etc.

e-chain autoglide 5

Energy chain with steel cable floor guide

  • Energy, data, air and liquids in one system
  • 4m/s speed, 80m travel
  • 88% shorter assembly time compared to aluminium trough

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e-chain guidelite ECO

Vertical guide trough for smallest installation spaces

  • The top alternative to busbar systems
  • Very light - made of solid iglidur material
  • Very safe –  no exposed electrical conductors
  • Very cost-effective acquisition and installation

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e-chains guidelok slimline P and P.S

Vertical guide trough

  • For hanging systems up to 50m
  • Easy access for servicing
  • Up to 80% trough and save costs and weight

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chainflex cables

Cables for motion

  • Developed for maximum load
  • Suitable for very tight bend radii and cold and abrasive environments
  • Up to 36-month chainflex guarantee

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Module Connect

Made to measure

  • One connector module instead of many individual connectors
  • Up to 50% lighter than conventional rectangular connectors
  • 100 plug inserts to choose from

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Predictive maintenance with smart plastics

smart plastics enhance the reliability of your systems. Intelligent products report the maintenance date during operation and integrate seamlessly into your processes.
Your benefits

  • Reduce maintenance costs and eliminate unplanned downtime
  • Extended service life and increased plant efficiency
  • Save time - faster detection of the reason for anomalies
  • Reduce energy consumption

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Successfully in use by our customers

guidelok slimline P in storage systems from SIVAplan GmbH & Co. KG

After a test phase, SIVAplan has started using the new guidelok system from igus in series production

The specialist for warehousing systems and material handling, SIVAplan GmbH & Co. KG, relies on energy supplies from igus, as these are not only lightweight but also save on installation time. SIVAplan purchases the guidelok slimline P energy supplies as readychain. This means that the e-chains are delivered ready to install with long-life chainflex cables. As a result, the great deal of work involved in pulling the cables into the e-chain and testing the finished component is no longer necessary.

DEMATIC storage retrieval system with igus® guidelok guide trough

Vertical cable guidance at high speeds in DEMATIC storage and retrieval systems

DEMATIC is a global leader for automated logistics and uses guidelok guide troughs for the small part storage and retrieval unit (SRU), RapidStore ML20, for uninterrupted transfer of energy and data. For the deployment of the igus guide trough in this SRU, the main consideration is to provide secure, vertical cable guides operating at high speeds and great stroke heights: the system moves at speeds of up to 5m/s reaching an installation height of up to 20 metres.

Tested in the test laboratory for use in the real world

All products are tested for wear and durability under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. This enables the precise determination of the service life of the products.
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely tailored conditions.

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More information

Material handling brochure

Solutions for material flow, automated warehouses, logistics and material handling

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Installation service

Fast installation by our specialised assembly personnel - at short notice and flexible

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