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Spooling cable management system now self-powering

21 June 2015

igus has added e-spool power to its e-spool cable management system. The unit is fitted with a quiet-running electric motor to drive the spool plus an electronic control system integrated with limit switches.

The motor in e-spool power allows travel lengths beyond 25m compared with the standard e-spool, which is limited by the spring retraction. This opens up many new theatre and stage, maritime and ship construction applications that have travels of up to 50m.

With e-spool power, the motor will quietly and gently drive the e-chain to its end position, then smoothly pull it back onto the spool again. The maximum extension/retraction speed of e-spool power is 1.2m/s.

With traditional reeling drums, it is not possible to mix services and generally only one cable type can be used. In addition, a slip ring is often necessary to accommodate the inner rotation.

The e-spool cable management system avoids these issues by allowing many different cable and hose types together, accommodating diameters of up to 17mm in any direction. Since e-spool provides end-to-end connections, no slip ring is required and tensile load on the cables is eliminated.

e-spool power is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, even at temperatures below freezing point.

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