Energy Chain and Chainflex Deliver a Squeaky Clean Performance

Igus products are optimized in the car wash industry

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - November 15, 2005 - Igus® Inc., the leading developer of Energy Chain Systems®, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables and iglide® plastic bearings, announced today that Intelligent Wash Systems, a leader in the car wash industry, is using Energy Chain® cable carrier and Chainflex® cables in its new touch-free car wash system called The Storm.

Based out of Denver, Col., Intelligent Wash Systems provides its customers with a number of car wash solutions such as self-service, automatic, tunnel system and freestanding machines. The Storm, a popular choice among the company's offerings, is maintenance-free and delivers an unsurpassed cleaning to cars of various sizes and styles by using state-of-the-art software.

Since The Storm's creation two years ago, the machine has been equipped with System E4/4 Energy Chain cable carrier and Chainflex CF140 US, a power and control cable. The System E4/4 E-Chain® is designed for particularly demanding environments, making it well suited for the tough jobs handled by The Storm, such as washing dual-size trucks and full-size Hummers. Seven feet of the Energy Chain is used to manage and protect five Chainflex cables also employed in the car wash.

Both Energy Chain and Chainflex deliver a first-rate performance, functioning almost seamlessly against elements such as dirt, sand and grit, as well as temperatures ranging from 20 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

Steve Chase, owner of Intelligent Wash Systems, believes Energy Chain and Chainflex are important parts of The Storm now and in the future.

"I chose igus for a number of reasons. The price is competitive, the sales support is great and the increased longevity of igus' products over comparable solutions is a plus," said Chase. "Currently, we are using Energy Chain and Chainflex on five to six machines per year and we hope to increase that number to between 50 and 60 in the near future."

Intelligent Wash Systems has been using Energy Chain and Chainflex since The Storm's inception in 2003 and will continue using igus as the machine evolves. Intelligent Wash Systems has designed The Storm to be completely maintenance-free for a full five-year period - using igus' products to help accomplish this goal.

To learn more about Intelligent Wash Systems, visit To learn exclusively about the operation and design of The Storm car wash system, visit

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

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