igus UK Newsletter October 2014: Tribo tape up to 200°C

Dear Sir or Madam,With summer now a fading memory, it seems that I never actually see my home in daylight, and the usual October weather takes any pleasure out of travelling. It is quite normal at this time of year that after arriving home, my better half will casually mention that she has had a “tiny weeny scrape”, referring to the family car. I have learnt that this can mean anything from an alloy wheel which looks like it has been attacked by an angle grinder, to half the side of the car hanging off. I saw a car recently that seemed to have plastic air pockets along the side rather than metal panels, but I think these are really to stop impacts from shopping trolleys rather than trucks. Its a great idea though, and should help to save many relationships.The high technology plastic products made by igus® also replace traditional metal items, and can also take extremely high loads. Take for example the world’s largest plastic e-chain, which can take fill weights over 100 kg per metre! Or the iglidur® TX1 plain bearing which can take pressures up to 200 MPa! These two products can be used to replace expensive metal traditional solutions, and save you money as well. If you have moving parts on your machine, then talk to us, it is highly likely we can save you money while also increasing the life of your design. Email me with the details of your requirements and, I promise I will give it my urgent attention. This applies to bearings, linear guides, cable chains and flexible cables, the samples are free and you could save a lot of money. Simply email me at maldridge@igus.co.uk.We will be exhibiting at the Engineering Design Show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 22nd and 23rd October, you will find igus® at stand number D20. We will be offering drinks and light refreshments, as well as the chance to see, touch and feel new igus® products, including the robolink® D.Best regards
Matthew Aldridge


Tribo polymer – more temperature, less wear
New tribo tape for applications up to 200°C
This autumn, igus® presents the highly wear-resistant tribo tape made from iglidur® V400 material. This tribo tape is now available in a new material, permanently withstands temperatures up to 200°C and is extremely media-resistant. The tribo tape is easy to install and assembled in seconds.Reduce valuable design-engineering time with “Open Space”: Specify your open space, and we will plan, design, produce, and assemble your energy supply modules.Have fun on your explorations! Tribo-Tape
Highly wear resistant tribo tape made from iglidur® V400 in applicationsOpen Space
igus® “Open Space” service


Topics in this newsletter


plastics for longer life® in applications
Reduce costs and improve technology with 1 of more than 1,200 “plastics for longer life®” examples
Smooth travel, wear-resistant, flawless operation.
Nearly twice the service life with iglidur® plain bearings
The demand for packaged beverages is increasing. In order to handle PET bottles with speed and reliability, so-called star wheels play a key role in the complex beverage bottling plants. Especially in the high-performance range, they are exposed to very high loads. Since they have been equipped with epoxy plastic rollers, their service life has nearly doubled. Read more430 additional iglidur® application examples


Brand new plastics for longer life®
Your igus® novelties*
Highly wear resistant tribo tape made from iglidur® V400 Tribo-Tape
Assembled in seconds.
The new highly wear resistant iglidur® tribo tape made from iglidur® V400 withstands upper long-term application temperatures of 200°C and is extremely media-resistant. At a tape thickness of 0.5 mm, the tribo tape is easy to install and easily and quickly assembled.More information here
Slewing ring bearing in two plastic versions iglidur® PRT
For sporadic adjustments.
The new outer plastic attachment ring reduces weight and costs. The version with plastic screws and nuts avoids metal components entirely. Very cost-effective, lubricant and maintenance-free:More information here
Easily filled, chip tight e-tube R2.75
Snap-open along the outer radius on both sides.
Cost-effective, rugged e-tube with 75 mm inner height. Snap-open and removable along the outer radius from both sides. Very tight design and rugged twin stop dogs for high additional loads and unsupported lengths. High stability due to twin stop dog system and with small bending radii.

More information here

Harness measurement system cables 30% faster chainflex®
No cutting costs.
Due to the optimised cable configuration, the CF211 and CF111.D measurement system cables can be harnessed 30 % faster. Starting immediately, 6 additional types available from stock. All types with UL/CSA and available with PVC or PUR jacket.

More information here


dry-tech® tested
Insights from the igus® lab
Plain bearings in a wear test for a customer.
Wear testing for customers
The wear on three different pre-selected iglidur® plain bearings was tested on an igus® test stand on behalf of a customer. In a first step, it was necessary to find a material similar to the customer supplied shaft. At a wear rate of 23.11 μm/km, iglidur® W300 plain bearings ultimately have the lowest wear. Read the entire test report here


the-chain tested
Insights from the igus® lab
Series E4.350 during tensile and failure testing.
Tensile and failure testing on the largest plastic e-chain®
E-Chain® series E4.350 is used when extremely high additional loads of up to 600 kg/m need to be reliably guided, while also providing convenient assembly and low weight. Of course igus® put it through its paces – the E4.350 effortlessly withstands tensile and failure loads of up to 175,400 N! Read the entire test report here


Where is igus hiding? iglidur®
Small and reliable.
iglidur® in an inspection robot
This robot inspects ventilation shafts before and after cleaning. The reliability was improved by using iglidur® W300 plain bearings. The previously used ball bearings needed to be routinely oiled, which is eliminated on iglidur® bearings. Because of their small size, the robot dimensions could be reduced, allowing even smaller ventilation shafts to be inspected. More