Energy Supply Competition

11 January 2008

Igus, manufacturer of energy chain systems, including cables and component accessories, has launched the Vector Awards competition in association with other prominent bodies. The aim is to find challenging applications in the energy supply field.

Long travel: igus energy chain “E4“ with 'Chainflex' cables in an aisle stacker.
Long travel: igus energy chain “E4“ with 'Chainflex' cables in an aisle stacker.

These applications can use versatile energy chains and cables, or alternatively induction and wireless systems. The final date for entries is the 28th February 2008. The presentation of the awards will take place on the igus stand, April, 23, during the Hanover show. The Vector competition has official backing from the industrial automation part of the exhibition.

The winners of this Europe-wide competition will be rewarded with cash prizes up to 5,000 Euro (approximately £3,775).

The jury consists of engineers and scientists, including representatives from Germany’s main association for the electrical industry (ZVEI), the German machine tool laboratory (WZL), Rhineland-Westphalia Technical College, and the Rhineland technical inspection association (TÜV).

Modern plastic energy chains are the umbilical cord of the automation, machine and plant engineering industries.

These energy chains ensure the safe supply of energy, data and operating media and are always in motion. Energy chains are suitable for multi-purpose use in the crane and machine tool industries and in the robotics and clean room industries, among others.

Jury member Harald Nehring, Energy Chain Systems Manager at igus said: 'We come across new applications almost every day. This competition is supposed to show the limits that have already been broken with energy chains made from reinforced plastic.'

However, those using contactless energy transmission via induction and wireless systems can also use this competition as a platform for their applications.

Entry forms available at the Vector Award websites which can be reached by clicking on the links below. Alternatively please call +49 (0)2203 9649-611.

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