Strain Relief from Igus Defends against Cable Damage and System Failure

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - April 27, 2007 - Igus® Inc., the industry-leading developer of Energy Chain Systems®, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables and iglide® plastic bearings, offers various strain relief elements for its comprehensive line of Energy Chain® cable carriers. Designed to house, protect and extend the service life of cables and hoses on automated machinery, Energy Chain is a lightweight, maintenance-free plastic housing that prevents cables from breaking, corkscrewing or tangling. Strain relief is an important element of any Energy Chain System, as it properly positions the cables in the cavity of the carrier. Energy Chain Systems, combined with appropriate strain relief elements, provide customers with an enhanced defense against cable damage.

Igus' line of strain relief elements includes Chainfix clips, tiewraps, tiewrap plates and modular strain relief blocks. Customers requiring simple, space-saving strain relief can use a combination of plates and tiewraps. Every plate is equipped with a set of comb-like teeth. Using tiewraps, the cables are fastened to the teeth of the plate, which clips into the profile rail without the need for bolts or hardware. To save time, the plate can be directly integrated into the carrier's mounting bracket.

For applications requiring more intense strain relief, igus offers the Chainfix clip, a modular snap-on device consisting of a series of top and bottom clamps. The unit accommodates cable diameters ranging from four to 24 millimeters and can be configured vertically enabling as many as three layers of cable to be strain relieved at once. Modular strain relief blocks-designed for small cables with diameters between 4.3 and 14 millimeters-also are available. With this option, customers eliminate the need for fastening hardware.

All of igus' strain relief elements are compatible with almost any Energy Chain cable carrier such as System E4, designed for high-acceleration, high-speed applications and System E6 for extremely quiet operation. Custom-tailored options also are available. Energy Chain is used in numerous industries ranging from medical to farming to manufacturing. Energy Chain cable carriers are the perfect partner for Chainflex continuous-flex cables from igus. Chainflex cables are available in more than 700 sizes and styles. Contact igus for free samples and a free design consultation. Igus requires no minimum quantities on any order.

About igus

Igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex continuous-flex cables, iglide self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings. For more information, contact igus at 800-521-2747 or visit

For more information contact:

Courtney Toomey
igus Inc.
(401) 438-7270

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