igus has been awarded the 2nd prize in the clean technology awards for its e-skin corrugated hose. Designed for use in cleanrooms it also has the seal of approval Fraunhofer Tested Device ISO Class 1.
The e-skin is made of tribologically optimised, abrasion-resistant plastic. The separable upper and lower shells can be ‘zipped’ together to form a fully enclosed tube, which is highly dust-proof and water-resistant. This guarantees both cleanroom compatibility and easy filling with cables and hoses.
The e-skin is extremely light and ideal for small installation spaces, for instance in pick and place applications. Unlike other corrugated hoses, it is suitable for short unsupported distances due to the stiffness of the material, the rib profile and a defined direction of motion.
The e-skin has been tested under real conditions for 6.4 million double strokes at 3 m/s in the in-house igus test laboratory.