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3 Methods for Installing a Cable Carrier Vertically

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When working with a cable carrier system such as an igus ® energy chain ® , there are a number of options for installation. For vertical applications in particular, two main configurations, hanging or standing, are the most common. However, less conventional options like a zig-zag style install can be used in certain circumstances. For all of these configurations, it is important to pay close attention to how the cables are laid, separated, and secured within the carrier. However, the vast differences in design require careful consideration of the unique attributes of each. In this tech talk, learn important factors and expert advice for installing vertical cable carrier systems. Vertical Standing Vertical standing applications are often used for vertical access in metal-cutting machine tool applications, as well as in pick-and-place machines, among many others. Important Factors One of the most important factors in a vertical standing application is how the cables are laid within and secured at the end points of the carrier. It is critical to ensure that all cables and hoses are able to bend freely and have proper strain relief at both ends of the carrier. It is also important to remember that mounting brackets must be attached so that the carrier does not bow out. Locking mounting brackets, or one-sided locking mounting brackets are available for a vast range of different energy chains ® . For standing vertical applications in particular, locking KMA mounting brackets are highly recommended, as they are able to attach flush to the machine. Proper use of these brackets will eliminate unwanted camber, or the curve in the unsupported length of the carrier, maximizing the service life of the cable carrier. Lateral Acceleration If lateral acceleration occurs in a vertical standing application, the energy chain ® should be supported along the outer radius. For taller standing applications, it is generally recommended that at minimum the first three links of the outer radius be supported. For more extreme heights and weights, it is always recommended to support the entire outer radius. 3 Methods for Installing a Cable Carrier Vertically Learn more at www.igus.com/energychains A vertical standing Energy chain ® application

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