We recommend that Treotham calculate every long travel application (gliding) for you. Treotham offers a free design service.
Guide troughs allow igus® e-chain® and e-tubes to continue smooth, low-friction operation in long travel applications. Principle sketches are shown below. The height of the trough must be at least twice that of the e-chain® height. The sides must provide a chamfered opening. The trough inner width is the same as the e-chain® outer width, plus 4mm. Along the side of the trough, where the upper run cannot glide on the lower run, glide bars must be installed. We recommend the use of polymer glide bars from igus®. They are optimally matched to the e-chain® material and offer the lowest values for friction, noise and wear.