Igus Saddle Clamps Fix Cables Within Energy Chains

Igus has developed Chainfix saddle clamps for securely fixing cables within energy chains. The tensile strength of the Chainfix clamps is said to be around three times higher than that of standard clamps (3,500N instead of 1,000N). The narrow width and low height make the best use of limited space when mounted directly in the energy chain mounting bracket or through a separate C-profile rail outside the mounting bracket. Ribbed plastic saddles ensure a positive connection with the cables and thus secure strain relief.

The cables remain clamped, even under very large pull, so that they cannot slip out. The company claims that it has also developed and optimised accessories for the quicker and more versatile installation of the strain relief clamps. The part number and correct direction of installation are marked on the top and the side of the Chainfix saddle clamps. This facilitates the identification of parts for ordering, whether the clamp is installed or not. The double saddles have been optimised with new locating lugs that make installation simpler and more secure, thus saving on installation time, according to Igus. The saddles are made of optimised Igumid G plastic.

The abrasion-free saddles work well with a range of sheathing materials (including PVC, PUR and TPE). The clamps are available in black varnished steel or in stainless steel and as a single-, double- or triple-layer version. A range of strain relief possibilities can be achieved with the new Chainfix multi-clamps.

Four different double-saddle geometries are offered, allowing the fitter to install different cable diameters quickly and compactly inside a single space-saving modular clamp. These multi-row multi-clamps can also securely fix cables with small outer diameters. The double saddles are available individually to combine with existing systems or as ready-to-install multi-assemblies. Alternatively, they can be freely configured according to requirements. The company claims that Chainfix saddle clamps currently represent standard strain relief for energy chains of all kinds with plastic mounting brackets.

Igus is also offering a variety of special solutions. Chainfix Nuggets for example, can be used for fixing cables and hoses with diameters of up to 20mm. This space-saving and low-cost strain relief element slides into the C-profile rail with no tools needed. A further solution comes in the form of strain-relief separators, which combine energy chain interior division components with strain relief. The separators are suitable for enclosed-style energy tubes.


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