EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Igus® Inc. offers Triflex® R Energy Chains, designed for robotic applications requiring three-dimensional (3-D) and multi-axis freedom of movement. Smooth contours and a tubular design ensure fluid mobility. Triflex R is constructed with a ball and socket style modular assembly, which provides high tensile strength and flexibility without the need for steel cables. With Triflex, customers gain the benefits of a fully protected energy supply system that can twist in any direction.
Triflex R protects moving cables and hoses, including igus’ line of Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, attached to automated robotic machinery. It is ideal for robotic applications performing both linear and radial movements in a confined space, such as in the automotive industry or any production plant. It is also ideal for use in welding applications due to its flame-retardant properties.
Triflex R has many features and benefits. It is able to move multi-dimensionally on the x, y and z axes and can twist up to 380 degrees per yard, enabling easy movement around complex configurations. The smooth tubular design enables the cable carrier to glide over the exterior of the robot without catching or tilting.
Other features include:
The high tensile strength achieved by Triflex R is the result of its unique trailer-hitch style construction. It can sustain high transverse forces and push/pull forces are absorbed at the center. Most of the Energy Chain’s mass also is at the center, reducing construction space and acceleration forces. Traditional flexible cable carriers offset forces through the outer covering, the lines themselves, additional steel cables or spring assemblies.
Triflex R also is available as part of an igus ReadyChain solution—preassembled, ready-to-install cable carrier complete with Energy Chain, Chainflex cables, mounting brackets, strain relief, connectors and all accessories. ReadyChain increases production throughput, saves manufacturing time and reduces costs and inventory, having an impact on the entire organization.