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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.

New online tool for maintenance-free guide rollers from igus01-08-2019

xiros expert helps in the easy selection of lightweight and lubrication-free rollers mounted on ball bearings

Maintenance-free, hygienic and clean: these are the requirements of the food and packaging industry for its components. For this reason, designers of film and labelling systems rely on smooth-running guide rollers with lubrication-free plastic components from igus. To assist the customer in the quick selection of the right roller for their application, igus has now developed a new online expert for guide rollers.

Energy supply in all directions with the new e-spool standard from igus26-07-2019

Roll up 21 metres of cables and hoses safely without a motor Whether at lofty heights, flat on the ground or in depth. With the e-spool - the slip-ring-free cable drum - igus offers an energy supply for different application scenarios. The compact, spring-driven system can safely guide energy, media or fibre optic data cables. To enable users to access the energy chain system even for longer lengths, igus has developed a new standard. Thanks to an optimised design, the e-spool can now extend cables and hoses up to 21 metres without the need of a motor.

Evaluate machine data with new igus communication module18-07-2019 module enables predictive maintenance with flexible data integration for high IT security Being able to predict and plan maintenance is the goal pursued by igus with its smart plastics solutions. Intelligent sensors, for example, measure the wear of energy chains, slewing rings and linear guides. With the new communication module, the customer can now decide in which form they would like to incorporate the acquired data from the sensors. From an offline version for restrictive environments up to the connection of the values to the igus server for automatic spare parts ordering, the user is free to integrate and read their data.

Cleaning agent safely locked, thanks to igus plain bearing in child safety device11-07-2019

Innovative student projects such as "EMKindersicherung" is supported by igus as part of the "young engineers support" Detergents in the home pose a real danger to many toddlers. Therefore, a team of seven students of TU Darmstadt, supported by igus, has now developed a child safety lock for cleaning agent bottles. The device is simply screwed onto the bottle. Access is ensured via an app. An iglidur plain bearing from igus ensures the lubrication-free and reliable locking mechanism in the child safety lock. The idea also convinced the jury at the Cosima competition, a student competition for microsystems, where the team took second place.

No chance for mould! igus polymer plain bearings pass the test04-07-2019

Lubrication-free iglidur plain bearings made of high-performance plastics ensure clean air in aircraft and buildings For the building and vehicle technology as well as for the aircraft industry, mould is not only a great annoyance, but also a serious health hazard. To prevent this, it is not only important to use the right ventilation technology, but also to use mould-resistant components. Therefore, igus had its materials tested for mould growth. The result: all plain bearings are resistant to fungi and bacteria.

3D Ethernet cable from igus enables fast robot communication27-06-2019

Tested chainflex cable for torsion angles up to 360 degrees safely transmits data to 6-axis robots In large-scale manufacturing industrial robots are everywhere. They provide a fast automation of processes and thereby ensure cost-efficiency in companies. igus has now developed a new long-lasting Ethernet cable, the CFROBOT8.PLUS, to ensure that robot communication between the axes, the control system and superordinate systems functions flawlessly, even under extreme stress. The new family of cables has been tested under torsion for several years in the in-house laboratory and is running absolutely fault-free for more than 15 million cycles.

Quickly harnessed and safely protected with new pair shielding for igus servo cables20-06-2019

Save 30% installation time thanks to new igus pair shield design in chainflex servo cables The objective of the four-year development and testing conducted by the cable specialists at igus, was the easy processing of cables, simple installation of complex pair shield and, at the same time, increasing the service life of the energy chain. The result is a new pair shield for the chainflex servo cables of the CF 21, 27 and 29 series. This ensures maximum electromagnetic compatibility of the control pair and a faster shielding of the cable. This enables the user to save up to 30% of the processing time for the pair shield and thus also installation costs.

Fast like the emergency services: the igus 3D printing service for wear-resistant parts13-06-2019

igus additive manufacturing service produces spare part for Berlin-based company Blackcam's exhibit in just a few hours What do you do when an important part of an exhibit suddenly goes missing on the way to the trade fair? The response of the Berlin-based company Blackcam, a manufacturer of camera motion systems, is to turn to the igus 3D printing service. Using industrial 3D printers, the motion plastics specialist manufactures unique customer wear-resistant parts within a few hours. This is how the missing special plain bearing was made.