The brexit referendum

Editor Matthew Aldridge writes:

Dear Sir or Madam,
If you decide to vote today, no matter how you vote in the brexit referendum, can I please urge you to continue to vote for motion plastics®:

– Vote LEAVE lubrication, use igus® motion plastics® to make your machine truly maintenance free
– Vote REMAIN with cost savings, use igus® motion plastics® to save time and money

Well, the summer is almost upon us once more, and so the editor of this newsletter will be taking a well earned rest, and will resume services in September. However, igus® continues at your service, 8-8 Monday to Friday, 8-12 on Saturday, and my promise still holds true: if you have moving parts on your machine, it is highly likely we can save you money while also increasing the life of your design!

Simply email me at maldridge@igus.co.uk 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, please vote for motion plastics®!
Best regards,

The brexit referendum

Thank you

igus® MD Matthew Aldridge writes:

It almost seems a little late, but Happy New Year to all, I hope you have a great 2016.

In Northampton we have had unseasonably warm weather so far this winter, but that seems to be changing now, de-icing the car in the morning is part of the routine. One thing does stay the same; in January customers and companies are looking to save money, and this is where I can help you.

My offer continues to stand in 2016, 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 (maldridge@igus.co.uk) 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.

You will find us at two exhibitions over the next few weeks. We are at stand 195 at the SubSea show in Aberdeen from the 3rd to 5th of February, details at www.subseaexpo.com Also the excellent Southern Manufacturing Show is being held again at Farnborough, Hampshire, 9th to 11th February, you will find igus® at stand number N97, details of the show at www.industrysouth.co.uk.

At both shows we will be offering drinks and light refreshments, as well as the chance to see, touch and feel new igus® products. Please drop by if you visit, see you there!

I have a number of copies of the UK Manufacturing Review 2015/16, this is a very interesting and informative book, please let me know if you would like a free copy, first come first served.

If you use e-chain® on your machine, please enter the vector awards, see email below, you can win up to €5,000 just for telling us about your application.

Best regards,

Matthew Aldridge
maldridge@igus.co.uk

igus® MD Matthew Aldridge writes

Southern Manufacturing 2016

We will be showcasing several new cable and bearing products throughout Southern Manufacturing 2016. Due to the growing needs of manufacturers and engineers, we offer a wide range of cost effective, lightweight and maintenance free solutions for a variety of applications.

We will be demonstrating the new drylin® W linear guide system, which is constructed entirely of carbon fibre. Other focuses on the stand will be the readychain speed 2.0, tribo- tape, and xiros® ball bearings material S180.

We will have our product specialists on hand throughout the show to provide visitors with advice and guidance, so come along and visit us on stand N97 between the 9th and 11th of February 2016 to hear more.

Southern Manufacturing 2016

igus® celebrates 25 years of chainflex®

igus® is celebrating 25 years since the launch of its chainflex® range of cables developed specifically for moving applications in energy chains. With 1,040 cables available from stock, the chainflex® range includes motor, control and data cables. As market leader for e-chains®, igus® tests and offers both energy chains and chainflex® cables as a system solution with a 36-month guarantee upon request.

“The degree of automation in companies is continuously increasing, particularly on the journey towards Industry 4.0,” says Frank Blase, CEO, igus®. “At the same time, it is necessary to guarantee uninterrupted flow of data, media and energy. With business in this area exceeding 100 million euros in revenue this year for igus®, this really motivates us to invest significant resources in innovation, product reliability and fast, worldwide availability, to ensure that our customers receive the best possible ratio of price to reliability.”

Considerable investments are being made at the igus® test laboratory in Cologne. Here, there are more than 70 cable test machines performing more than two billion test cycles per year. On average, 650 cable tests are being conducted simultaneously. New test rigs enable fast acceleration speeds of 15m/s2 on a travel of 50 metres; a new cryo-chamber has been installed, which allows tests down to -40°C. Thanks to new torsion attachments and the expansion of the outdoor installation for long travel distances, cable use can be simulated under even more real conditions. The overall area of the test laboratory has increased by 1,000 square metres to a current total area of 2,750 square metres.

Thanks to a multitude of tests, igus® is the only manufacturer able to offer a 36-month guarantee for all chainflex® cables, including torsion cables such as the world’s first CAT7 cable for robotic applications. These tests also allow igus® to make exact statements in its catalogue regarding bend radii, temperature ranges and service life for special use in the e-chain, in addition to the standard norms.

The results from the test laboratory are also used in the five online configurator tools for chainflex® and three online tools for readycable® harnessed solutions. igus® has invested significantly in its online capabilities to allow customers to quickly determine the service life in moving applications and find, configure and order the most suitable cables for their particular application.

In addition to investment its test capabilities, igus® has expanded its production and storage capacity in North America, Asia and Europe – this ensures even faster delivery to its customers in local markets. With cable production on three continents and 14 storage and assembly centres worldwide, customers receive the exact cable needed for their production system from stock: single, individually cut cables, reeled cables, fabricated cables or ready-to-install energy chain systems. Complementing this offering, igus® provides an on-site system installation Service.

Frank Blase concludes: “Now and in the future, affordable pricing will not be the sole concern of customers. Their primary concern is the quality and reliability of cables when working in an energy chain. We consider ourselves the first point of contact for finding a solution for our customers and our 36-month guarantee makes it clear that chainflex® lasts.”

igus® celebrates 25 years of chainflex®

Christmas Greetings from igus®

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy new year

Plain bearings we bring
Fit to your machine
e-chains® for your cables
All parts are low wear

Now bring us your wear problems
Now bring us your wear problems
Now bring us your wear problems
We don’t care how severe

Life up and cost down
Avoid a meltdown
The plastic parts from igus®
Always give you low wear

And we won’t stop until we solve it
And we won’t stop until we solve it
And we won’t stop until we solve it
Even if that’s next year

Help and samples free
Just send emails to me
Whatever your wear problem
Remember we are here

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy new year

Christmas greetings from igus®, see you in 2016