Common usages scenarios for busbar systems are narrow compact spaces and fast movement in lanes, such as in storage and retrieval units, but the big disadvantage is that they can normally be used for energy transmission only. In order to be able to supply not only energy but also data, fluids and air simultaneously in the horizontal and vertical directions, igus has developed the micro flizz energy supply system. With the micro flizz, travel speeds up to 6 m/s and accelerations up to 4 m/s2 are possible.
The solution consists of a plastic energy chain that travels in an aluminium channel. In addition to highly flexible chainflex control, data and motor cables for tight bend radii, the energy chain can also guide hoses as well as fibre optic cable with data rates of up to 10 GBit/s.
Thanks to extensive testing in the in-house 2,750 square metre test laboratory, igus provides a guaranteed service life of 36 months on all chainflex cables. If the user wants to monitor the transmission characteristics of his used bus cable, igus now offers the option of using the intelligent CF.D system in the micro flizz.
The smart plastics innovation detects changes to the transmission characteristics of the cable in advance and provides timely information about an essential replacement. Therefore maintenance is planned in advance and an unexpected shutdown is avoided.
The main advantage of the micro flizz, in addition to the optional intelligent monitoring, is its special construction. Integrated "side wings" hold the chain firmly in the stretched condition at all times in a special groove in the upper and lower part of the channel. Together with plastic springs on the crossbars of the e-chain, they provide a soft and quiet rolling.
This means the friction, wear, energy consumption and noise development are reduced significantly. Another advantage: Thanks to its modular design, the system is easily accessible and therefore easy to clean. Therefore, the use of the micro flizz is also ideal in the field of pharmacy and food production. The energy chain system is available in three different sizes depending on the diameter of the cables.