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System safely guides cables at heights of up to 80m

07 April 2011

igus UK has launched Guidelok Slimline (SL) for vertical Energy Chain applications, such as those found on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses, as well as elevators and material-handling equipment. Compact and easy to install, even when being retrofitted into an existing system, Guidelok SL allows safe energy and data supply in extreme environments, including warehouses, deep-freeze storage facilities, crane systems and power stations.

An Energy Chain is typically guided vertically in an enclosed trough system to ensure that it does not swing out of control, thus preventing damage to the Energy Chain or cabling. The Guidelok SL locks the Energy Chain into position and is easier to maintain, since the need for a continuous, enclosed trough is eliminated. Instead, the Energy Chain travels freely and safely between small sections of easy-to-install steel trough.

The Guidelok SL features two large spring-loaded locks (one of which is shown here) that are pushed back as the radius of the Energy Chain passes between them, moving back into position where they grip the hanging length securely in place. This not only provides operational safety, but also reduces noise due to the smooth, controlled motion.

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