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Heavy plastics - applications in power stations

40 years' experience

igus® is a specialist in the area of plastic research and can look back on 40 years of experience here. Specially developed high-performance plastics enable the use of igus® e-chain systems® in almost all application areas. Damp, dirt, chips, heat, cold, we have the solution for every requirement and do not use any steel or other metals in our e-chain® materials. In an increasing number of heavy duty areas, steel systems are being successfully replaced by igus® plastic e-chains® due to their exceptional suitability.

State your requirements and we fulfil them:


Cost-efficient, modular design

Long life at minimum maintenance costs

Resistance against dirt, chemicals and high temperatures

Proven, tested material with igus® system guarantee

Low weight with high stability

TÜV certified

That is only a few points that we consider when selecting and designing your "heavy-duty system". See all the things for yourself that are possible in the heavy-duty area with igus® - plastics for longer life®.

Paddle-wheel equipment

This paddle-wheel stacker is used for the intermediate storage of bauxite outdoors and can be moved linearly over a distance of around 1,083 feet horizontally

Coal transport system

The motors in this system need a large number of cables.

Coal excavator

Long travel distances and all-weather use for the energy-supply on a coal excavator.

The longest travel with plastic energy chain

The complete length of the e-chain®'s travel at 2,018 ft. clearly exceeds the previous record holder at the Singapore harbor.

Taconite mine

The next long distance with a plastic chain: 1,804 feet

Bucket wheel reclaimer

This bucket wheel reclaimer also has to be equipped with a assembling of +/-180° which can move in a circle. The e-chains® have to accede this movement.

Coke oven

This system feeds coal to the compressor of a coke oven.

Lignite power plant

energy chain cable carriers are used in this lignite power plant.

Coal-fired power plant

Roller chains guide cables in a coal unloader.

Thermal application

igus® roller chain in power plant application

Coal silo

Lower weight and space requirements than alternative solutions for conveying coal.

More examples for difficult and extreme applications

Norway. Upright application for Aker Kværner Maritime Hydraulics AS.
Pre-assembled for the semi-submersible platform West Edrill.

Germany. Decommissioning Karlsruhe research reactor. The dismantling of a nuclear power plant with a zigzag chain.

Czech Republic. Lhoist a.s. modular principle steel construction in lime works.

Czech Republic. Enclosed e-chain system® directly on coal conveyor.

Czech Republic. Porici company CEZ a.s. power supply for coal transportation.

Czech Republic. Ventilation machine in underground storage facility of a power station.

Midland Bricks in Australia is the largest brick manufacturer in the world! Three e-chains® have been in operation round the clock since 2003 and still look the same as on the first day.

Maanshan steel and ironworks: High temperatures, large loads, a lot of dust and high speed.

voestalpine Stahl Donawitz: High level of dirt during descaling of the rails to be milled.

aluminum works

Slovakia, aluminum works. Error-free operation for 9 years. Distance 203 ft, speed 0,98 ft/s.

Czech Republic. Ventilation machine in lime works.


Germany. BASF in Ludwigshafen, scraper for fertilizer, since 1998, e-chain®: 4040-32-250-0

Austria, Niklasdorf, ABV, district heating plant


RTG in India, distance: 72 ft, e-chain®: 5050-30-550-0, customer: Kalmar, for ATM

Plaster dust


Quayside crane with igus® e-chain systems®. Long distances up to 2,625 ft are possible.

Norway: e-chain® with chainflex® in a truck wash. In contact daily with street dust and mud. chainflex® cables perform exceedingly well.

Shagang, steel and ironworks in China. High temperatures, high speeds, heavy dust.

Czech Republic. CEZ a.s. modular system for supplying power to a coal excavator.

Long distance in a bulk goods storage facility

Crane builder

Crane builder Noell in Panama. Application: RTG; distance: 64 ft; up to 197 ft/min.

Czech Republic. Shipyard Kresice-Loubi; refuelling point for cargo ships.

Compost mud

Meishan steel and iron works, Nanjing in China. Crane, heavy dust, high tempo.

Further interesting applications from extremely diverse areas can be found here.