Versatile energy chain for multiple industries

01 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916438

Harbour Infrastructure & Shipping
Materials Handling & Bulk Handling
Water & Effluent Management

EKD energy chain from Powermite delivers reliable and cost-effective protection of cable, hose and hydraulic supply at a fixed or variable speed for the seamless operation of mobile equipment such as cranes and milling and boring machines.

That’s according to Donovan Marks, Director at Powermite, who added, “Our combined knowledge of over 50 years in drag chain applications with the globally renowned German energy chain manufacturer EKD, positions us as a leading supplier of EKD Kolibri energy chain to Southern African industry”,

He said the energy chain had been engineered to substantially reduce operational costs and extended component life for lowest total cost of ownership. “It therefore comes as no surprise that this high quality product which we have been supplying to the southern African market for over three decades, is widely used across diverse industries such as ports and harbours, materials handling, industrial and water treatment plants.”

According to Marks, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to recommending the optimum energy chain solution, is that customers are not always able to provide the most accurate or comprehensive information about their machines.

“We interact regularly with our customers and build solid long-term relationships so that we get to know their business and completely understand their equipment and requirements in order to be able to recommend the best possible solution.”

Powermite’s range of EKD Kolibri energy chain, available in galvanised steel, stainless steel and carburised (hardened) steel, includes three different types - a one part link or flap-open link range, a wide range of bending radii (to facilitate large cables), as well as chain with separate end-connectors (each link can be used as an end-connector).

”The bars of the flap-open range ensure easy access for on-site installation of hoses or cables,” Marks said.

EKD Kolibri series ranges from external sizes of 15mmx15mm through to 65mmx225mm while the EKD PKK range can handle external sizes up to 100mmx340mm. Steel external sizes start from 50mm high x up to 1500mm wide.

The company’s energy chain portfolio also extends to a plastic range consisting of self-extinguishing, ATEX, Anti-Static, steel-coated and Robotic bi-directional chain. Very few spare parts are required as all plastic chains are equipped with integrated connectors, keeping costs and downtime to a minimum. Powermite also offers chains designed for ultra-long distances. Known as the Marathon System, these chains use roller sets and are capable of maintaining speeds of up to 200m/minute.

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