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Multi-axis e-chain® for robots - triflex® R


In 3D applications, rotating and pivoting movements are part of everyday life. Energy chains are required here, which safely guide and protect robot cables. The triflex R (TRE, TRC and TRL) energy chain has been specifically developed for demanding multi-axis robots. Due to its high tensile force absorption and high flexibility, the energy chain enables a rotation of about ±10° per chain link with complicated motions in the vertical axes. Compared to a cable protection hose, triflex R offers a defined bend radius, which greatly increases the service life of cables and hoses.

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Product overview

I am looking for an energy supply system for axes 2-6 on an industrial robot, and also spare parts or accessories to guide cables or hoses safely on the robot.

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Consultation + upload function

I am unsure which energy chain I should choose for my application and need more support/information.

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Innovations from 2021 and 2020

Here you will find the latest products and product enhancements in the field of robotics.

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10 tips for energy supply on the robot

Ten steps from the right e-chain® for a ready-to-use robot

This guide shows you step by step how to select, install and commission an energy supply system on the industrial robot for axes 3-6. 
The first points are about the positioning of the cable and dress packs and the selection of the correct energy chain. Then you choose the appropriate retraction system. 
Helpful tips on assembly and a final checklist complete the 10-point package and provide step-by-step instructions for amateurs as well as professionals.   

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TRX | revolutionises robot energy supply

Telescopic and twistable combined in one e-chain

  • The TRX complements the functions of the triflex R series and now also makes them telescopic
  • Due to their patented design, the chain links of the TRX allow a length compensation of up to 40% to one another without losing the connection or the torsional ability. 
  • The rubber band inside the TRX retracts the links back to their starting point and the retraction force can be adjusted via the rubber band 
  • Weight reduction of up to 83% compared to a solution with a retraction system (RSP)
  • The TRX design study is currently 100% compatible with the TRE.60.087.0.B, other chain sizes will follow.

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Free TRL and TRLF sleeve sample

lightweight, cost-effective, flexible, openable

  • Discover the product quality of our light triflex R chain for yourself
  • The sleeve provides additional product information that is not immediately detectable
Sample components: 
  • 3 chain links TRL.100.145.0
  • 3 TRLF.100.145.0.B chain links
  • 1 light mounting bracket with strain relief

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Free TRC and TRE sleeve sample

robust, with high tensile strength, closed or open

  • Discover our product quality for yourself
  • The sleeve provides additional product information that is not immediately detectable
Sample components: 
  • 3 chain links TRC.100.145.0
  • 3 TRE.100.145.0.B chain links
  • 1 mounting bracket with strain relief

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New possibilities for energy supply on the SCARA robot

SCARA cable solution gives stability at high speeds

  • Nominal hose width 29mm (inside)
  • Size 23 & 36mm in planning  
  • The backbone for the cable guide on the Scara robot
  • Can be easily retrofitted
  • Rotary mounting
  • For increasing the service life of corrugated hoses used for Scara robots.

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Corrugated hose vs. triflex R

Corrugated hose vs. triflex R chain: a comparison

There is competition between the corrugated hose and the triflex R energy chain as means of protecting cables. 

In eight short videos, we pitted the two products against one other in various disciplines or rounds. 

However, apart from the colour and external shape, they have little in common. 

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Products in robotics

Energy chains for axis 2-6

Retraction systems and accessories for axes 3-6

Accessories for robots

Energy supply for axis 1

Energy supply system for cobots

Further robotics products

chainflex robot cables

chainflex® robot cables

Application examples of our customers

Three dimensional energy chains for robotic applications
Overview of triflex R applications

Further information

triflex assembly on the robot

triflex - installation videos

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