Energy Chain carriers protect hydraulic hoses in the field and when the planter folds to a 9-ft width for transport.

Energy Chain carriers protect hydraulic hoses in the field and when the planter folds to a 9-ft width for transport.


Case IH, a leading farm-equipment manufacturer, uses System E2 Energy Chain to house and protect hydraulic cables on its line of 1200 ASM Series Planters. The System E2 from igus Inc., East Providence, R.I., protects and secures hydraulic hoses routed along the planter. Its open design prevents debris from accumulating inside the carrier, reducing maintenance. And it is rugged enough to stand up to daily exposure to crop residue, wheat stubble, and liquid fertilizer.

The chain also guides hoses when the planter is retracted for transport. Compared to a 40-ft span in the field, the planter folds to a width of just 9 ft. Case IH engineers report that Energy Chain is simple, cost-effective, and reliable when compared to more-expensive solutions, and expect it to last the life of the machine — at least 10 years. Energy Chain products also support and protect hoses and cables on robots and other industrial-motion systems.

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