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Plastic ESD Cable Chains deliver quiet operation.

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Featuring modular design, System E6 cable carriers with ESD Energy Chains® are suited for applications requiring vibration-free operation. They meet requirements of SEMI E78-0998 international materials and maintenance resource for applications in critical environments, such as semiconductor and electronic production. Providing permanent conductivity, system uses flexible tab to secure connection both mechanically and electrically and is completely resistant to wear.

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igus Expands Line of ESD Energy Chain to Deliver Quiet, Smooth Operation

Significant advancements made in ESD applications which meet new international standard for charge process and discharge

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - June, 14 2004 - igus® Inc.'s Electro Static Discharge (ESD) Energy Chains® now deliver smooth, quiet operation. With the addition of the System E6 line of cable carriers to igus' ESD conductive Energy Chains, igus has expanded its product offering. In addition, the E6 ESD Energy Chains meet the latest international guidelines.

System E6 is designed for applications requiring extremely precise and vibration-free operation. The short pitch and link design of the Energy Chain reduce noise and vibration which may affect the performance of the machine on which it is installed. System E6 is well-suited for printing machinery, measurement equipment, precision-cutting systems and clean room applications. Its modular design enables it to be easily lengthened or shortened.

Igus developed a specially designed, electrically conductive material more than 10 years ago and has been offering ESD Energy Chains for protection in areas exposed to potentially explosive environmental factors since 1992. Both the E6 and E14 ESD Energy Chains meet the requirements of SEMI E78-0998, the new international materials and maintenance resource for applications in a critical environment, such as semiconductor and electronic production.

Another benefit of the System E6 ESD E-Chains® is permanent conductivity. System E6 does not employ a traditional pin and bore to connect the links, but rather use a plastic flex tab. This flexible tab secures the connection both mechanically and electrically and is completely, resistant to wear, enabling permanent, constant values of conductivity for long-term applications.

ESD Energy Chains are a critical component of applications in the semiconductor and mining industries, clean rooms, microelectronic assembly areas or in any application with hazardous or potentially explosive conditions. ESD Energy Chains are conductive and eliminate the potential for sparks. In non-conductive cable carriers the static electricity is allowed to build up and if a spark results an explosion may occur.

As with all igus ESD Energy Chains, the System E6 ESD E-Chains are constructed with electrically conductive plastic and are light gray color. These Energy Chains come in a range of sizes and styles and meet the guidelines set forth by the European Union's ATEX (Atmosphere Explosive) system of rules regarding equipment intended for use in potentially explosive applications.

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® spheri cal bearings. For more information contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit

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