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Components for aerial lifts, telescopic boom platforms

Aerial lifts and telescopic boom platforms offer little space for safe energy supply, so users like to use energy chains made of high-performance polymers or plastic-steel hybrid energy chains from igus to protect their over-taxed cables and hoses.
igus replacement parts designed for guidance, transfer and bearing support on aerial lifts and platforms, such as energy chains and cables as well as polymer plain bearings, linear bearings or sliding plates meet the stringent requirements for components that are subjected to continuous stress in outdoor applications.
As energy chains can do without screws, there are no loose or lost parts due to vibrations. No rusting or jamming as made from polymer. Openable at any point you like and assembled in minutes. Cables with high UV resistance, designed for continuous dynamic use in energy chains with a guarantee of up to 36 months. No greasing or regreasing of bearing points, because our plain and linear bearings as well as sliding plates are completely maintenance-free and lubrication-free.

Retrofit of aerial lifts and platforms with the igus hybrid energy chain

New products in 2021

3 news highlights in less than 3 minutes

A video of our highlights for work platforms

This year, we are launching 168 innovations. Our Industry Expert Birte Jendahl will present the top innovations for work platforms in just three minutes. One example is the hybrid energy chain YE:

  • 50% lighter than conventional steel chains
  • 50% more unsupported length than plastic energy chains
  • Wide range of interior separation elements

Find out more about the hybrid chain YE

Open E2.1 chains in one go

Shipping drum for chainflex goods sold by the metre

Plate strips with lowest coefficient of friction

Curious about more innovations? You can find the news overview here.

Ready-to-install system solution for aerial lifts and telescopic boom platforms

Ready-to-install system solution for aerial lifts and telescopic boom platforms

Everything from a single source, tested reliability and fast installation

Completely harnessed energy supply systems, consisting of energy chains, chainflex cables and hoses, as well as suitable plug-in connectors or required metal attachments from igus ensure safe guidance of cables and hydraulic hoses in telescopic arms.

Energy chain systems

Reliable and easy energy supply system

Energy, data and media cables and hoses must be securely guided in aerial lifts and telescopic boom platforms. Energy chains from igus provide special cable protection not only against external influences, but also against wear, which occurs during the cyclically recurring retraction and extension of the telescopic arms with different lifting speeds.

Hybrid energy chain YE.42

Hybrid energy chain YE.42

The hybrid energy chain YE.42 made of plastic and steel is 50% lighter and easy to assemble because it is openable at any point and individual chain links can be replaced.

Energy chain E4.1L

Energy chain E4.1L

e-chains® of the E4.1L series combine ease of installation, toughness and low weight in one family. Available in many sizes with many accessories from stock.

Energy chain E2.1

Energy chain E2.1

e-chains® of the E2.1 series are particularly suitable for very tight installation spaces and short unsupported lengths. Easy to assemble and openable where you like.

Guidance for hydraulic hoses

Energy chain E2.1

Safe and reliable guidance for two hydraulic hoses with igus E2 e-chains® with extender crossbars. The special solution for lorry-mounted work platforms. The E2 e-chain® with extender crossbars is very sturdy and space-saving.

motion plastics for aerial lifts and platforms, try it out for yourself

See for yourself the quality of our products. The sample box contains a selection of igus solutions for use in telescopic extensions and inclined axes.

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chainflex cables

Smallest radii and high loads

The chainflex cables withstand the highest bending stresses and make the smallest bend radii up to 4xd cable diameters possible. All chainflex cables carry a guarantee for 36 months.

Control cable CF890/CF891

Control cable CF890/CF891

For flexing applications with influence of oil. For indoor and outdoor applications without direct solar radiation. Especially for unsupported travels up to 10m.

Control cable CF77.UL/CF78.UL

Control cable CF890/CF891

For heavy-duty use and almost complete resistance to oil. Indoor and outdoor applications with average UV radiation. Unsupported travels up to 100m.

Bus cable CFBUS.PUR

Bus cable CFBUS.PUR

For medium load and almost complete resistance to oil. Indoor and outdoor applications without direct sun radiation. Unsupported travels up to 20m.

Bearing technology

Self-lubricating bearings with iglidur instead of maintenance-intensive sliding blocks

Demands on lubrication and maintenance add up to high costs. Thanks to igus self-lubricating plastic plain bearings, sliding plates in telescopic work platforms can be designed to work without lubrication and maintenance. In addition, they are often more cost-effective and durable than metallic solutions.

Sliding plates

Sliding plates

Polymer sliding plates are specially designed for dynamic applications, require no additional lubricant and are maintenance-free.

Maintenance and installation service

You will also obtain maintenance and installation services from igus. We install the system with system guarantee and also offer the possibility of predictive maintenance.

Predictive maintenance with intelligent products

Predictive maintenance with intelligent products

igus smart plastics supplies products with different isense sensors and the evaluation modules icom and icom. plus, that measure operating states, announce necessary maintenance measures and also stop operation before any greater damage to equipment can occur.

Installation service and after-sales service

Installation service and after-sales service

We take care of the installation. Clearly calculable installation costs and upon request, with a service contract for the complete energy supply from igus.

Typical problems and our solutions

Application example of extended pallet trucks

Heavy components lower the payload

The payload plays an important role in many applications with inclined axes or a telescopic function as it may be limited by heavy components. In the case of this telescopic work platform the objective is, for example, to reduce the weight at the basket as far as possible.

Energy chain E4.1L

Save up to 30% weight with this energy supply

The E4.1L e-chain® is every robust and additionally very light. It not only facilitates longer telescopic applications but permits weight savings of up to 30%. At the same time, it provides more useful space in comparison to predecessor models while the installation space remains unchanged.

Application example: unsupported lengths of e-chain® in reach stacker

A limit is placed on unsupported lengths by the components used

Applications, such as this reach stacker, require an energy supply with an unsupported length. However, a limit is placed on this length by the energy supply used. For this reason, energy supplies are required that are both hardwearing and strong.

E4.1L in use

Energy supply with long unsupported length

The E4.1L offers optimum distribution of force with unsupported lengths and withstands pull and push forces of up to 7000 N. Fill weights of up to 600kg/m are possible with this e-chain®. Consequently, this e-chain® is especially suitable for unsupported use.

Energy supply with abraded hoses

Material abrasion due to movement

When guiding hydraulic lines, the high pressure exerted on the hoses means that increased abrasion of the hose material can be expected in addition to movement. Both factors not only constitute a hazard during operation, they can also lead to failure.

e-chain® guides hydraulic hose

Secure support that protects the hose

The E4.1L provides a secure support for hoses with varying pressures and its design takes particular care with the hose. Even with the hose is constantly in motion, material abrasion is reduced while safety and security are increased.

Grove Manlift with energy chain in an extremely small space

Guiding cables and hoses in the smallest of installation spaces

In the case of applications with a telescopic extension or lift mast, there is little space for energy supplies. This means that very tight bend radii are required that cannot be provided by all cables/hoses and energy chains. At the same time, a particularly long service life is demanded.

Comparison of size: e-chain® and pencil

Tightest bend radii and extreme durability

igus® e-chains® and dependable chainflex® cables provide very tight bend radii, enabling extremely space-saving supplies. Due to , chainflex® cables are extremely durable even in the event of extreme bending stress.

High-maintenance telescopic bearing points

Wrong or insufficient lubrication

Telescopic bearing points require regular maintenance and lubrication. This involves constant maintenance work in order to ensure that equipment is safe and functioning properly.

Lubrication-free bearing with iglidur® bar stock

Maintenance-free telescopic bearing points with iglidur®

The use of technical iglidur® plastic renders telescopic bearing points lubrication and maintenance-free. You can machine the material yourself or have customised shapes manufactured by igus®. The service life of iglidur® plastic can be calculated online.

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Further information

Brochure "Solutions for cherry pickers and telescopic equipment"

Download the brochure "Solutions for cherry pickers and telescopic equipment" (PDF)

igus test lab

Tested quality. Over 4,100 tests per year for e-chains and cables and over 12,000 for plain bearings


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