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Find out today about tomorrow's world: igus smart plastics make maintenance intelligent2019-07-11

Smart products made of tribo-polymers increase the service life of machine tools by digitally monitoring their status "Industry 4.0", "Internet of Things" and "Smart Factory" - these concepts are no longer a vague promise of what is to come. Companies are already able to benefit from the use of intelligent systems and products. At EMO 2019, igus will be showing how machine tool manufacturers and customers can raise their maintenance to a new level and, at the same time, reduce costs by using smart machine components.

Dirt-resistant igus linear system displays wins in long jump2019-07-03

Maintenance-free drylin linear guide enables a laser to slide and ensures fast, visible top marks in the stadium In order to make the longest distance visible to the audience at the stadium during the long jump event, organisers rely on the laser projection of lines in the sand. One of them is Golden Fly Sports GmbH with its "PrimeLine System". The developers set the highest standards: All components must be robust and above all sand-resistant, but at the same time lightweight. Therefore, lubrication-free and maintenance-free drylin linear guides from igus were chosen.

Two become one: functional furniture "Frida" unites a sofa and a writing desk2019-06-26

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free tribo polymer bearings from igus ensure high flexibility and long life in a new piece of furniture Working and living in confined spaces is often not so easy. Therefore, the interior design student Valeria Vysozki developed a very practical solution with her piece of furniture "Frida". Relax on the softly upholstered sofa; at the same time, convert its functionality into a workstation by simply pulling out an integrated table. Lubrication-free and maintenance-free high-performance plastics from igus ensure smooth movement.

Enhanced safety in deep drilling rigs: New igus energy chain replaces service loops2019-06-19

Modular e-loop energy chain system for secure cable guidance on the top drive Extreme conditions often prevail in deep drilling rigs in the oil and gas industry: wind and weather, dirt and harsh handling of installations and equipment affect the machine components. igus has now developed the e-loop for the safe guidance of the top drive. The new modular energy chain made of high-performance plastics ensures a defined bend radius of the cables and withstands vibrations and shocks.

Injection moulding with 3D printing: 55 lubrication-free igus materials for individual wear-resistant parts2019-06-12

igus expands 3D printing service by injection moulding with printed tools for fast production of maintenance-free special parts Wear-resistant parts are used wherever there is friction between two surfaces. For this reason, designers in many industrial sectors rely on 55 long-lasting, lubrication-free, high-performance polymers from igus. To help users quickly get their special solution made of a suitable material, igus has now integrated the Print2Mould process in its online 3D printing service. With a printed tool, the component is manufactured by injection moulding. To do this, the user simply uploads the STEP file of the wear-resistant part into the 3D printing service, selects the material and requests a quotation. Specifications on the material properties as well as the precision, flexural strength and the price help with the choice.

50 percent lighter: the world's first modular igus hybrid chain made of steel and plastic2019-06-05

Energy supply systems made of steel and plastic easily cope with long, unsupported travels, and are openable and closable quick as a flash Safe vertical guidance of cables and hoses: igus has now developed its first plastic-steel hybrid chain for these applications. The new energy supply system, called the YE.42, is 50 percent lighter than conventional steel chains due to its high-performance polymers and provides 50 percent more unsupported lengths than plastic energy chains. The hybrid solution has a very high rigidity and is easy to assemble and maintain thanks to its modular design. Operators can rely on work platforms or vertical lifts for a safe, lightweight, cost-effective and quickly replaceable system.

Clean, safe, detectable: New igus tribo polymers for food contact2019-05-29

The motion plastics specialist relies on optically and magnetically recognisable materials for plain and spherical bearings Media resistance, lubrication-free and corrosion-free: these are the requirements machine components in the food industry have to meet today. In order to be able to quickly identify broken pieces in the event of damage to a system, igus has now developed two new optically and magnetically detectable materials for its plain and spherical bearings: the iglidur FC180 and igumid FC. The materials comply with FDA and EU10/2011 regulations and are therefore ideal for use in the food industry.

Surfing on tarmac with wear-resistant plain bearings from igus2019-05-23

iglidur Z and iglidur J350 high-performance plastics ensure safe bearings in an innovative skateboard The Curfboard is a new type of sports equipment that combines a surfboard and a skateboard and in the process, has to withstand extreme loads. Especially high are the demands on its moving components, including the bearings. These must be wear-resistant, resilient, maintenance-free and reliable even under the toughest "Curf" conditions. Therefore, the developers at the curfboard GmbH rely on wear-resistant plain bearings made of iglidur Z and iglidur J350 high-performance polymers from igus.

Small, compact and cost-effective: new lubrication-free toothed belt axis from igus2019-05-15

Lightweight and compact toothed belt axis ensures Low Cost Automation in the tightest of spaces Fast automation in confined installation spaces: igus has now developed an extra-compact toothed belt axis based on its flat drylin N linear system. The new axis consists of a completely standard fitment of components and is thus easily assembled within a few minutes and cost-effective. Equipped with motor and control, the new system can carry loads of up to 20 Newton and a translation of 60 millimetres per revolution.

No lubrication in spite of metal with maintenance-free igubal polymer spherical bearings2019-05-09

Lubrication-free igus spherical balls now available with cost-effective sheet metal housing Heavy dirt accumulation, dust and swarf are commonplace for pillow blocks and fixed flange bearings. Constant lubrication and maintenance is therefore necessary. With the injection-moulded igus spherical balls, customers can resort to a lubrication-free and maintenance-free solution for their metallic pillow blocks. igus has now developed new spherical balls made of the high-performance plastic iglidur J, specifically for cost-effective sheet metal housings. These can be mounted in seconds. The complete solution is available directly from stock.

e-chain expert: ready-to-connect energy supply system easily configured online2019-05-01

New igus online tool enables a quick configuration of harnessed energy chain systems Quick and easy configuration of complete energy supply systems now ensured by the igus e-chain expert. With the newly developed online tool, users can design their own guaranteed ready-to-connect energy chain system, in just a few steps. Here, the interior separation is made automatically and the user receives reliable information on the durability of the energy chain and cables used. This allows the customer to easily choose the most cost-effective system which fits their application.

Order the right connector quickly in the new igus connector shop2019-02-05

igus is expanding its services with an online shop for connectors

If cables are to be harnessed, then the matching connector can be found quickly, but often cannot be ordered in small quantities from the manufacturer. Here, igus now offers an additional service with its new online shop for plug-in connectors: the customer can order the right connector for his cable at a reasonable price from a wide selection of well-known suppliers such as Harting or Intercontec from stock and with no minimum order quantity.

From the "rohbot" to the robot: Low Cost Automation with igus plastic arm and online marketplace model2019-01-30

robolink articulated arms and a digital platform concept facilitate initial steps in the world of cost-effective automation

Low cost automation less than the price of the established automation suppliers for just a few thousand euro – this is exactly what many users want. But making wishes a reality is often a difficult task: What products go together? How good is the solution? Who can support me? At the Hannover Messe 2019, the motion plastics specialist igus is presenting two new approaches: A new 4 to 5-axis "rohbot" (h for half-finished) made of plastic and a model of the online marketplace for suppliers and users.

A long journey: 80 low-cost robots from igus for research at Indian higher-education institutions2019-01-24

German-Indian knowledge transfer with easy-to-operate robot arms fur simple automation tasks

Cologne, 17 January 2019 – Robotics and automation technology is an important subject within higher-education institutions in India and not only in Germany. The governments of the two countries are working together intensively in order to boost research in these areas. In response to the Indian government's search for simple robot systems for teaching purposes, robolink, the cost-effective modular system from igus, was so convincing that over 80 robolink arms for 40 Indian educational facilities were ordered. During a workshop in Aachen, professors from India gained direct, first-hand experience of how easy it is to use the low-cost robots from igus.