Optimizing Cable Carrier Performance in Gliding Applications


KabelSchlepp® Guide Channels


Cable carrier systems are a critical part of your operations. When installing cable carriers for long travel distances, innovative solutions are needed to ensure proper support, alignment, and system function.

When a cable carrier exceeds its unsupported length, the upper run of the cable carrier is designed to glide on top of the lower run. Guide channels are an essential component for these types of installations. They prevent the upper run from slipping off the lower run, ensuring that the system runs quietly and experiences minimal wear. For vertical applications, such as elevators or storage and retrieval systems, a vertical guide channel provides optimal lateral support.

Guide channels can be mounted to the ground, or off the ground onto a supporting structure. Standard designs are available in zinc plated steel, aluminum and stainless steel. Depending on your application needs, additional styles and customizations are available:


  • Modular systems – Modular systems, like the Tsubaki-KabelSchlepp® Alu Guide System and Steel Guide System, allow for quick and easy installation. Open construction prevents the accumulation of dirt and debris, ensuring reliable operations.
  • Enclosed systems Covered guide channels protect the cable carrier system against environmental factors, including coarse dirt, falling parts, snow, or ice. Maintenance-friendly covers can be easily opened for inspection, and the modular design allows for quick and easy installation.
  • Vertical systems – Vertical applications, such as elevators, crane lifts, and fast-moving storage and retrieval systems, require vertical guide channels. Tsubaki-KabelSchlepp® offers a complete ready-to-install system for vertical hanging applications, including driver, cables, and strain reliefs, for easy installation.

As a global leader in the manufacturing of power transmission and motion control products, Tsubaki-KabelSchlepp® is committed to helping customers optimize performance and reliability for their operations. Our extensive range of accessories for a variety of different applications turn cable carriers into complete cable carrier systems. In addition to guide channels and support trays, we also offer application-specific products, such as support rollers and custom drive arms.

From design to installation, Tsubaki-KabelSchlepp® engineering and service teams offer unparalleled support that you can rely on. Learn more about our full selection of materials and customized cable carrier solutions, or contact us today for assistance choosing one that meets your requirements.

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