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Clean, safe, detectable: New igus tribo polymers for food contact14-11-2019

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 igus07-11-2019

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 igus31-10-2019

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.

"How long will my printed gear last?" New igus online tool predicts lead time24-10-2019

Free online expert provides concrete statements on the service life of wear-resistant 3D-manufactured gears How long will my gear last? To answer this question, igus has now developed the gear service life calculator for its 3D-printed gears made of the laser sintering high-performance plastic iglidur I3. With the new online tool, the user receives a concrete statement in a few seconds about the service life of the wear-resistant part.

World Champion with igus: Bremen robots win 2019 RoboCup in Sydney17-10-2019

The Team B-Human won the title in the international robotics competition in the Standard Platform Robots are increasingly making their presence felt not only in the industry, but also in football. At the international robotics competition - the RoboCup - in Sydney this year, the team B-Human from Bremen showed what small robots can do in the popular sport. Here, the German Standard Platform league champion could fight for the world championship title against the reigning world champion from Leipzig.

Hard on the outside, smart on the inside: igus develops world's first intelligent plain bearing10-10-2019

New smart plastics polymer bearing indicates its degree of wear in good time and prevents machine and equipment failure Plain bearings often have to withstand considerable adverse influences such as abrasive dust, high speeds or chemicals. To enable indication of the degree of wear of such plain bearings in good time, igus has now developed the world's first intelligent bearing with iglidur high-performance plastics. This warns of imminent failure in good time. Machine and equipment operators can plan maintenance, repairs and part replacement in advance.

Whisper quiet, modular cleanroom solutions from igus for the smallest of installation spaces03-10-2019

The world's first e-skin soft and e-skin flat ensure particle-free cable routing in compact and flat installation spaces For guiding cables securely and abrasion-free in cleanrooms, igus has e-skin in its product range. The energy chain for cleanroom applications has now been equipped with a softer material especially for compact installation spaces. The safe and particle-free guidance of cables can be undertaken at a low clearance height with the new e-skin soft. For very tight installation spaces, igus has also developed the e-skin flat. The new low-profile energy supply has a chamber design and is easy to fill and maintain. Both energy chains were convincing in the sound test with their very quiet operation.

iglidur Q2E: A lubrication-free world for heavy machines19-09-2019

In a test, the new high-load bearing withstands up to 130 MPa In construction machines, agricultural machines, utility vehicles and offshore installations, plain bearings often have to cope with extreme conditions such as heavy loads. igus has therefore further developed its lubrication-free two-component bearing iglidur Q2E The material iglidur Q2 ensures a tested high degree of wear-resistance, and a hard polymer shell protects the heavy-duty bearing.

No lubrication in spite of metal with maintenance-free igubal polymer spherical bearings17-09-2019

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.

Maintenance requirements identified in advance with the new smart plastics linear guide05-09-2019

Intelligent igus sensor keeps track of the wear of linear plain bearing liners, increasing the reliability Detecting the wear of liners in linear systems at an early stage was the goal of the engineers at igus, who have now developed a new, intelligent linear guide. A sensor in the bearing liners measures the individually determinable wear limit and sounds an alarm when it is reached. This allows maintenance to be planned in advance and avoid unexpected system failure.

chainflex cables with cleanroom rating: more reliability with IPA certificate29-08-2019

New particle-free Ethernet cables with a 36-month guarantee withstand 24 million stroke test No abrasion, no particles - and durable. The path to the IPA cleanroom rating is not easy, products have to pass a multitude of tests before they receive the official certificate from the Fraunhofer Institute. This is the same for igus chainflex cables. They have to withstand different conditions in the in-house test laboratory over a longer period of time. igus has developed the CFBUS.LB.045 and CFBUS.LB.049 in order to provide users with cleanroom-compatible Ethernet cables. In the test, they successfully completed over 24 million strokes without failure with just 55mm bend radius.

A lot of movement in little space with new compact igus slewing ring bearings22-08-2019

Lubrication-free slewing ring bearings from the PRT-04 range save 60 percent weight and 50 percent space

Fast rotary movements in a small space. These are often the special requirements for slewing ring bearings in automation or stage technology as well as in control panels. For such compact applications, igus has now developed a new slewing ring bearing range for medium loads. The slewing rings are not only maintenance-free and wear-resistant, thanks to the use of high-performance polymers, they are also 50 percent smaller in installation height and 60 percent lighter, saving the user up to 20 percent of his costs.

Slim, strong, and quickly filled: new igus energy chain generation openable without tools15-08-2019

At the Hannover Messe, igus presented the E4Q, a lightweight e-chain for unsupported lengths and long travels

Inspired by nature, designed for the industry: this is the new E4Q energy chain from igus. The chain links of the e-chain have a smooth, contoured design and a completely new crossbar concept with locking straps for weight reduction. These ensure that the new series can be opened and closed in seconds without tools. The energy chain has been specifically developed for the special requirements of unsupported lengths and long travels. The first prototype was presented by igus at the Hannover Messe 2019.

World premiere RBTX: online platform brings robotics users and suppliers together07-08-2019

Quick and easy Low Cost Automation is the new platform that brings together users and suppliers of low-cost robotics components quickly and easily. Users can put together a low-cost robotics solution that matches their requirements and budget. Suppliers of robotics components are able to present their products to a larger public in a new marketplace.