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10 Series no open Plastic cable chain Bridge protective Drag chain

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1.     Applications and characteristics of cable chain

(1). Cable chains are used along with reciprocating motions to guide and protect cables, oil pipes, and gas pipes inside.

(2). Each joint can be opened, which makes it easier to install and maintain. They are low noise and wear-proof. They can be operated at high speed.

(3). Cable chains have been widely used in CNC machine tools, electric equipment, machinery for stone, glass, and window industries, plastic injection molding machines, manipulators, lifting and essential equipment, and automated warehouses.

2. Basic Parameters of the Cable Carrier

(1). Material: Reinforced Nylon, which can stand against high pressure and tensile force. The excellent flexibility, elasticity, abrasive, and fire resistance contribute to the high stability. The reliable performance at high temperatures makes it possible for outdoor operation.

(2). Resistance: oil and salt resistance, with specific resistance against acid and alkali.

(3). Running speed and acceleration speed: Maximum speed can reach 5 meters per second, and maximum acceleration speed can reach 5 meters per square second (practical speed and acceleration speed depend on the situation).

(4). Service life: In regular operation without support, 5 million reciprocating cycles can be reached. (service life depends on the situation).

3. Principle of Cable carrier selection:

(1) Inside height: taking the diameter of the thickest one as a reference among the cables, oil pipes, gas pipes, and water pipes to be put inside the carriers, add at least 10% more as the inside height of the stacking reference.

(2). Inside width: take the sum diameter of the thickest ones as the reference among the cables, oil pipes, gas pipes, and water pipes, and add at least 10% as the inside width of the cable carriers.

(3). Bending radius: take the largest bending radius as the reference among the cables, oil pipe, gas pipe, and water pipes; leave at least 10% spare room.

(4). Leave 15% spare room for the normal motion of cables so that there won’t be any tensile force against the radial direction.

(5). Cables of huge diameter differences shall be arranged separately so that the weight distribution can be balanced. Use separators when necessary.

(6). In the high-speed and high-frequency operations, arrange the cables parallelly separated so that they won’t overlap. Separators are recommended when there is a number of cables and pipes.

What are the advantages of our e-chains?

Cable-friendly due to smooth contours
Many options in terms of movement and length
Reliable even in harsh environmental conditions
Low weight, modular, robust, quiet, easy to open
Energy, data, FOCs, oil, and air guided in one system
Low maintenance, easy to install
Extensive catalog of standard items

ALL THE ADVANTAGES IN ONE SYSTEM

  • Mounting brackets not needed. All plastic energy chains are equipped with integrated mounting holes on each link
  • Robust design
  • Fast Stay assembly and disassembly.
  • Extremely rigid and wear resistant.
  • Easy to shorten and lengthen
  • Three-dimensional chain
  • Smooth motion. No “break in time” needed

WHAT ARE CABLE DRAG CHAINS?

A cable drag chain is a protective covering that secures cables or hoses to keep them separated and permit movement around automated machinery. Consequently, with numerous industries embracing automation, the need for these drag chains is essential.

Not all sectors use the same terminology for drag chains. They have several other names, including:

  • Cable chains
  • Cable tracks
  • Energy chains
  • Cable drag chains
  • Cable carriers

Regardless of terminology, these devices serve the same purpose. When a moving object requires cables or hydraulic hoses to move, such as automated machinery, the cables require protection. By enclosing the cables or hoses into a carrier, you prevent the pieces from tangling with each other and the machinery.

The machine also avoids unexpected shutdowns from having cables compromise its moving parts, stopping its operation. Additionally, the cable carrier can protect the hoses or cables inside from friction and excessive heat of the machinery’s operation. The temperatures of the machinery’s operation will determine the best type of material to use for the cable track.

A BRIEF LOOK INTO THE HISTORY OF CABLE DRAG CHAINS

Cable drag chains have been an integral part of manufacturing since their introduction in the 1950s. This innovation prevents damage to cables that would otherwise hang loosely on the machine until it is damaged enough to require replacement.

Cable drag chains have evolved over time with the development of machinery. As automated machines move faster and more efficiently, cable tracks have changed their design to keep pace—modern designs can cover longer distances than was imagined in past decades.

This innovation happened by adding accessories such as wheels to promote smoothness in long distance movements. Another advance is the development of heavy-duty energy chains for harsh environments, such as high-wear and high-stress operations in automated equipment.