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Record-breaking application running for ten years with 100% reliability08/11/2018

Still a world record: The world's longest plastic energy chain with 615 m travel comes from igus Running continuously for 24/7 or standing idle for month on end – these are the extreme conditions that the world's longest plastic energy chain has to cope with at the lignite-fired power station in Tušimice, Czech Republic. The roller energy chain system from igus has been achieving this for ten years now without missing a beat on the record travel length of 615 metres.

Adjusted quickly – precisely mounted06/11/2018

igus as a module supplier for KHS labelling machines Numerous rotary and linear bearings from the igus product range are not the only ones installed in KHS GmbH's labelling machines. The company igus also supplies complete, ready-to-install modules such as, for example, adjustment systems and guide rollers. From the KHS's point of view, this not only simplifies assembly. It also ensures high precision high speed working sequences

Clean and quick guiding: New lightweight xiros guide rollers from igus31/10/2018

Guide rollers with plastic ball bearings and fully-enclosed design ensure hygiene and easy, tool-free installation

In the food and packaging industry, machine builders are increasingly turning to clean and hygienic plastic solutions. igus has developed complete solutions for film and label guide rollers, consisting of various tube materials and polymer ball bearings with flange. The lightweight systems are now available with a fully-enclosed side. In addition, installation of the new rollers is much easier than before.

Fast and reliable data exchange with new CAN bus cable from igus24/10/2018

New chainflex cable for CAN systems with PVC or PUR outer jacket, approved for the Russian market

Bus systems are increasingly being used in automation, as they ensure fast and reliable data exchange, save space and therefore money. To meet these needs, igus has developed a new CAN bus cable for highly dynamic energy chain applications, such as in machine tools. This is available with either highly abrasion-resistant PVC or oil-resistant PUR outer jackets. Both cable options have EAC and CTP approvals, simplifying trade with the Russian market.

Looking for spectacular solutions in plastic plain bearing applications23/10/2018

The manus award goes into the ninth anniversary – Apply now!

What do an exoskeleton, an electric manipulator arm and a research project on space junk have in common? Plastic plain bearings are used in all three applications and all were chosen as winning applications at the last manus award, which motion plastics specialist igus promotes every two years. Now the starting signal has been given for the application phase for the next edition. The winners will receive prize money of up to 5,000 euros.

Robotics solution for rapid prototyping wins Low Cost Robotics Innovation Competition22/10/2018

Jury awards Robert Hofmann GmbH for time-saving automation concept in 3D printing with robolink D robotic arm

Cost-effective automation of simple tasks is the aim of Low Cost Robotics. Once again this year, the Low Cost Robotics Innovation Competition was looking for exciting ideas and concepts that demonstrate the potential of cost-effective robotic solutions. The winner gets the award at the Motek: The company Robert Hofmann GmbH convinced the jury with its idea for an app-activated pick-and-place application in 3D printing.

Safely sealed up: iglidur sealing concept for longer service life17/10/2018

New seals for maintenance-free plain bearings from igus provide additional hygiene and protection against extreme dirt accumulation.

Heavy dirt, abrasive dust and aggressive media can, under extreme circumstances, stress plain bearings and damage the shaft. In order to further optimise the safety of machinery and plants in these cases, igus has now developed sealing rings for its lubrication-free polymer flanged bearings. Simply put on the flange, it protects the plain bearing and components behind them. In this way, machine downtime can be avoided and service life increased.

Fire-retardant polymer bar stock for railway technology from igus16/10/2018

Wear-resistant iglidur RW370 bar stock for maintenance-free special solutions in railway vehicles

Appropriate materials are needed to prevent fires in trains and trams. For exactly such cases, igus offers the special material iglidur RW370 not only in the form of plain bearings in its product range, but now also as a lubricant- and maintenance-free bar stock for the production of special solutions. This wear-resistant material complies with the fire protection standard EN 45545.

Fun on three wheels with maintenance-free igus plain bearings16/10/2018

iglidur G plain bearings in the Azub Ti-Fly recumbent bike ensure safe, long-lasting and lightweight front suspension

Recumbents, also known as trikes, promise their users maximum safety, even at low speeds. For the front suspension of a new trike model, the developers of the company Azub from the Czech Republic searched for wear-resistant plain bearings that withstand dirt, dust and water. Their solution: iglidur G bearings from igus. They are small, lightweight, lubrication-free and therefore maintenance-free.

Produce prototypes at full throttle: wear-resistant igus gears from the 3D printer15/10/2018

Easelink relies on quickly configurable and wear-resistant gears from the igus 3D printing service

If time and costs involved in the production of prototypes pile up, it can become economically challenging for start-ups. The high-tech company Easelink from Graz, Austria, therefore relies on the 3D printing service from motion plastics specialist igus. Components, such as gears, can be configured online, printed cost-effectively and delivered within 24 hours. Here, wear-resistant and friction-optimised high-performance plastics are used.

Digital service in the industry: igus equips energy chains with QR-codes11/10/2018

Internet-based e-chain technology offers easy part identification, procurement and assembly instructions

From a purely mechanical product up to an online calculable and networked machine component – igus continues to digitalise its tribo-products. In addition to online tools and self-monitoring smart plastics, the company now equips its energy chains with a QR-code. Integrated directly into the e-chain, it offers the machine builder online information about the chain, including assembly instructions, or how to identify and order spare parts, with just a quick scan using a smartphone or tablet.

On site quickly: igus linear technology delivered in 24 hours11/10/2018

Replace recirculating ball-bearing guides with lubrication-free and wear-resistant drylin T

Fast delivery at a cost-effective price: thanks to lean processes, igus is able to give this pledge with its lubrication-free and long-lasting drylin T linear systems. With dimensions identical to recirculating ball-bearing guides, users can select a standard solution from stock. For performance mechanical engineering and handling applications, igus introduces the drylin T series with extremely wear-resistant sliding elements made of high-performance plastics.

igus extends world's largest lead screw shop with new nut material10/10/2018

Lubrication-free lead screw nuts made of iglidur J200 extend service life three-fold

With the new durable material iglidur J200, igus expands its largest range of lead screw systems in the catalogue and online. The advantage of the online shop: Configure high helix, trapezoidal and metric threads online with the lead screw configurator and predict the service life of the nut. In addition to the three common lead screw materials, depending on requirements, the designer can choose from nine different lubrication-free and maintenance-free nut materials. This now includes the high-performance iglidur J200 material with superior wear-resistant properties.

Kinetic art meets curvy chain10/10/2018

The igus e-spool guides cables effortlessly for complicated kinetic sculpture

A highly complex control, audio and energy cable management system at a height of four metres - these were the challenges for a work of art. The solution: e-spool with compact twisterband from igus ensures reliable cable feed in a confined space even under the most difficult conditions. Quick to install, and easy to maintain and operate.