CLEAN WIN­NER: igus e-skin re­ceives clean tech­nol­ogy award

2ND PRIZE OF THE “CLEAN! 2018” AWARD FOR THE E- SKIN MOD­U­LAR COR­RU­GATED TUBE WITH ISO CLASS 1.

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - EMEX -

igus has de­vel­oped the e-skin for the en­ergy sup­ply sec­tor in clean pro­duc­tion ar­eas. It pro­vides sys­tems with data, me­dia and en­ergy with­out gen­er­at­ing air­borne par­ti­cles through fric­tion above the strict limit, which could con­tam­i­nate the room. The im­proved cor­ru­gated hose for clean­room ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived the 2nd prize in the Fraun­hofer clean tech­nol­ogy award in Ger­many, and is avail­able from Treotham Au­to­ma­tion in Aus­tralia.

The pro­duc­tion of mi­crochips, flat screens, im­plants, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts or mi­cro and nano- prod­ucts would be in­con­ceiv­able with­out a clean, pure or high- pu­rity man­u­fac­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Any con­tam­i­na­tion has a direct neg­a­tive im­pact on prod­ucts and pro­cesses and costs a lot of money to the man­u­fac­turer. The mo­tion plas­tics spe­cial­ist igus has de­vel­oped a novel cor­ru­gated tube for en­ergy sup­ply in clean rooms: the e- skin. It has the seal of ap­proval Fraun­hofer Tested De­vice of the ISO class 1 and re­ceived now the 2nd prize of the Fraun­hofer clean tech­nol­ogy award “Clean! 2018”. Here, out­stand­ing ideas in the field of clean tech­nol­ogy are re­warded; not only ideas that are com­pletely new, but also those that in­crease the eco­nomic ef­fi­ciency of pro­duc­tion pro­cesses.

The e- skin is made of tri­bo­log­i­cally op­ti­mised, abra­sion- re­sis­tant plas­tic. The sep­a­ra­ble up­per and lower shells can be eas­ily put to­gether by a “zip­per” to a fully en­closed tube, which is highly dust- proof and wa­ter- re­sis­tant. This guar­an­tees both clean­room com­pat­i­bil­ity and a quick fill­ing and main­te­nance of the ca­bles. The assem­bly-friendly e- skin is also ex­tremely light and ideal for small in­stal­la­tion spa­ces, for in­stance in pick and place ap­pli­ca­tions, and un­like other cor­ru­gated hoses, it is even ap­pli­ca­ble for short un­sup­ported dis­tances due to the stiff­ness of the ma­te­rial, the rib pro­file and a de­fined di­rec­tion of mo­tion. The de­sign and ma­te­rial of the e- skin have been tested for clean­room com­pat­i­bil­ity in the in- house igus test lab­o­ra­tory.

TREOTHAM NEW ZEALAND LTD, 09 278 6577, WWW.TREOTHAM.CO.NZ

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