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Learn more at www.igus.com/echain 10 Rule 1: D1 + D2 > 1.2 x hi: If D1 + D2 > 1.2 x chain inner height, no separation between the two cables/hoses is necessary. Two cables or hoses should never be left unguided on top of one another or be allowed to become tangled. Rule 2: d1 + d2 ≤ 1.2 x hi: If d1 + d2 ≤ 1.2 x chain inner height, a vertical separator or a horizontal shelf must be used to reduce the inner height, thereby preventing the entanglement of d1 and d2. Further guidelines for distribution: 1. The cumulative weight of the cables and hoses should be evenly distributed across the width of the chain. 2. No more than two cables or hoses should be installed on top of one another. 3. Cables and hoses should always be strain relieved at the moving end and, whenever possible, at both ends. The exception is that hydraulic hoses should only be strain relieved at the moving end. 4. For high-speed applications and high cycles, cables or hoses must not be laid on top of each other without horizontal separation. Note: The standard values for this are: travel speed over 1.64 ft/s and cycles over 10,000 p.a. igus ® interior separation offers a safe solution for this situation. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, which is when our technical specialists come in. They can help you ensure your system will operate properly, with the maximum service life for your application. The energy chain ® configurator tool The energy chain ® configurator program allows you to quickly custom build a cable carrier online with any of the cables and internal separators we offer from stock. You can then generate CAD files and a parts list, or submit a quote request directly to us. Interior separators, shelves, cables and hoses can be installed virtually in just a few clicks and a complete energy chain system ® can be configured in just minutes. The cable carrier configurator is designed to be as simple as possible. An integrated control device forbids component parts to be dragged into the chain link anywhere they will not work, avoiding potential errors. What if I just don't have the time? The configurator is just one tool igus ® offers to help make it easier for you to work with our products. However, we know your time is valuable. For this reason igus ® offers free consultation (800.521.2747 or sales@igus.com) from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Cable distribution rules (continued)

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