Machine tools are the "mother" of all machines and are fundamental for, e.g. car manufacturing or smart phone production. The set-up of the machine tool can be very complex - from conventional lathe, to CNC machine or machining centre up to a production line with automation unit. The target is to produce complex workpieces with the help of tools. Together with the degree of automation, the use of igus motion plastics also increases. From the energy chain and flexing chainflex cables up to dry-tech bearings, all product groups are used in machine tools. The future project Industry 4.0 is taking on an ever more concrete shape. Thanks to igus smart plastics, Machine Tool 4.0 is becoming a reality for machine tool manufacturers. Always with the aim of reducing costs and improving technology.
This year, we are launching 168 innovations. Industry Manager Lukas Czaja will present the top news in less than three minutes. These include, e.g. the e-chain E4Q:
Intelligent e-chains, cables or plain and linear bearings report the maintenance date during operation and integrate seamlessly into your processes.
This engine manufacturer uses energy chains and abrasion monitoring. Sensors measure the chain wear during operation and notify the user early enough to plan a repair or an exchange.
Discover more than 40 application examples which show how our energy chains and bearing products are used in CNC machines, where they fulfil various requirements. The challenges to be overcome were such issues as flying swarf, tight installation spaces, continuous system operation, and quick, easy installation with tight schedules.
Vibrations in machine tools components can lead to machines no longer working precisely, lowering the quality of workpieces and increasing wear of machine components. Energy chains, the "umbilical cord" of the modern machine tool, are a possible source of the problem. To improve their smooth running, innovative solutions are required ...
All products are checked in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry, under real-life conditions with regard to wear and durability. This enables the precise determination of the service life of the products.
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests so as to check the use of the products under completely individual conditions.
What systems does igus offer for the x-axis of the machine tool? Which energy chain can I use to save assembly time? You can find interesting contributions to questions regarding machine tools in the igus blog.