EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – igus® has now launched a completely new generation of roller cable carriers. New “System P4” was unveiled in the States at the IMTS show in September and is available on request. The new cable carrier has achieved speeds up to 23 feet per second over distances of 400 feet in igus’ outdoor testing facility. P4 is specially developed for indoor and outdoor cranes, as well as conveyor systems.
The need for ever-increasing speeds demands advancements in cable carrier technology. Similarly, cable carriers must operate smoothly and quietly because many ports are expanding and moving closer to residential areas. P4 is especially low noise and wear resistant at high speeds, even with loads up to 20 lbs/ft. In fact, thanks to the use of additional center links, there is practically no weight limit. Each link has the same short pitch, which means the cable carrier moves with minimal vibration in its radius. Plastic bridges and grooves along the surface of the cable carrier —a design from igus for long travels called ‘AUTO-GLIDE’ —mean the upper run of the P4 chain glides smoothly over the lower run.
The plastic rollers are firmly integrated into the sides of the cable carrier and do not rotate over one another, because the cable carrier’s upper and lower runs offset. This reduces wear and increases service life.