Summer savings and a stick of rock!

It’s round, it’s good and it’s available this summer. Bar stock is now available up to 150 mm diameter and is ex stock from igus®. Also, round and good  as a stick of igus® rock.

Click here to get yours today.

The advantages: igus® bar stock

  •     saves you money
  •     round, tube and plate
  •     customised
  •     conforms to FDA
  •     low wear resistance

For our complete stock material range, including stock bar, plates, tubes and tribo-tape see http://www.igus.co.uk/wpck/3196/barstock

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Clean & Safe! Food-compliant plastics from igus®

igus® products made of food-compliant plastics help you to comply with the strict requirements for food hygiene and food safety in all process stages in food production.

We have developed physiologically safe, FDA-approved, 10/2011 EC-compliant high-performance plastics for the food industry.

If you would like to learn more about our motion plastics then you can get some more information from our food industry site

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HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY igus® UK

HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY igus® UK

Its igus® UK’s 25th Birthday this week, so we wanted to share with you 25 facts about igus®

– Enjoy!

  1.        The name “igus®” is derived from the German phrase Industrie Spritzguß which means the technology of moulding.

 

  1. igus® employs around 3000 people in the world.

 

  1. All employees and visitors at igus® receive free food in the igus® canteen, every day.

 

  1. igus® was one of the first industrial companies to put a website address on a print advertisement in the UK.

 

  1. In the UK, igus® can be found on average at an exhibition every 4 weeks.

 

  1. igus® UK’s longest serving employee is Dave Spence who has been with us for 22 years.

 

  1. igus® does not have a typical hierarchy of management, instead igus adopts a “solar system” where the customer is at the centre and everyone is a manager.

 

  1. One of the fastest growing areas in igus® is the installation of e-chains® on site at the customer.

 

  1. igus® is the first (and so far only) company to manufacture 3D printable engineering plastics.

 

  1. igus® started making plain bearings before e-chains®.

 

  1. The reason why igus® launched the chainflex® cable range is that all other cables failed when used in e-chains®, igus® developed and manufactured a cable which did not.

 

  1. Although now retired, the founder of igus®, Gunther Blase is still very involved and visits the factory most days.

 

  1. Both the smallest and largest plastic e-chain® in the world is made by igus®.

 

  1. igus® launched the first e-chain® electronic catalogue on floppy disk in 1991.

 

  1. In 2011 igus® manufactured the first plastic bearing range made from bio-polymers in the world.

 

  1. You can buy over 100,000 standard catalogue products from igus®.

 

  1. As well as moulding all components, igus® also has their own on-site tooling company called i-form.

 

  1. The igus® factory in Cologne was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw. His other famous designs include Heathrow AirportT5, Leicester space centre.

 

  1. Based on a sales engineer making 16 visits a week, one sales engineer over 25 years would have made 19,200 customer visits.

 

  1. For 25 years the slogan at igus® has been “in today out today”, the goal is that all customer orders are shipped within 24 hours.

 

  1. A team member of igus® UK marketing once had a UK top 10 hit single.

 

  1. An igus® UK sales man once played for Norwich City.

 

  1. An igus® UK director once represented England for rifle shooting.

 

  1. The most unusual insurance claim by igus® UK so far is when a race horse jumped on a company car and flattened it.

 

  1. igus® bearings were used in one of Lenny Kravitz guitars.

Introducing e-skin

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Recently we have extended our range of energy supply systems, so let us introduce e-skin.

e-skin is a lightweight, versatile alternative to conventional corrugated tubes. With it’s easy to open hose making it suitable for a variety of delicate applications, where demands on the energy supply systems are not too high.

 

Our e-chain director Justin Leonard says “Comprising an upper and lower shell, which when fitted together is completely closed, the e-skin is simple to open and close, which is just one of the many advantages e-skin has to offer compared with corrugated tubes.”

Due to e-skins abrasion resistance and water and dust-proof offering it is also clean room compatible in accordance with IPA Class 1, and ideal for clean room appliances. It has a defined movement direction and can also support itself. It can therefore be used as a horizontal energy supply for short unsupported lengths. Also, the modular tube can be extended and offers more space than round corrugated tubes, due to its oval design. The interior separation modules also enable cable-friendly cable guiding.

With its simple opening mechanism, it allows trouble free maintenance and inspection of the cables inside, and can be tailored to suit an individual application and is available is a variety of different materials and colours.

If you want to read more about e-skin please follow this link to our website

http://www.igus.co.uk/wpck/13343/N15_01_33_e_skin_Reinraum

 

 

Our speedy day in London at Give me 5

Yesterday was rather an early start for us (numerous cups of coffee got us through though) as we attended Give me 5 which was held at W Hotel in London.

 

Give me 5 is a speed-press briefing event, which operates rather like ‘speed dating’, allowing a company spokesperson to brief 10-12 journalists in a quick 5 minute succession.

There are set rules to the event which are as follows:

1. Each briefing lasts for five minutes.

2. When you hear the bell conclude your discussion.

3. Journalists to move in a clockwise direction.

4. Once all journalists have been briefed by all the representatives the process stops.

5. Further discussions can be had during lunch.

 

The briefings got off to a good start with Rob Dumayne (igus dry-tech director) discussing igus’ new revolutionary ‘drylin W carbon fibre linear guide’ constructed entirely of CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced plastic) and Justin Leonard (igus’ e-chain director) discussing the new product ‘e-skin’ – the new lightweight, versatile alternative to conventional corrugated tubes.

Overall we had a great day at the Give me 5 event and we got the opportunity to talk to a number of journalists on our latest product innovations.

Below are some images we took from the event.

 

SPE Offshore Europe 2015

A team from igus UK made their way up to Aberdeen for SPE Offshore 2015.

Offshore Europe 2015 conference and exhibition from the Society of Petroleum Engineers attracts a global audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts to share ideas and opinions on the current issues in the upstream oil and gas industry. With over 63,000 people in attendance and over 1500 exhibitors it was was the largest Offshore Europe to date.

Overall Offshore was a success for igus UK with many visitors to the stand benefiting from talking to our product specialists.

Here are some pics from our time at the exhibition…

 

 

‘Porton Man’ – the robot

 

Porton Man is a robot that is used to test protective clothing for the British military.

The makers of Porton Man used iglidur X plain bearings in all the robots joints; and this was for a very good reason…

Because Porton Man is used to test protective clothing against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear substances, conventional ball bearings would fail quickly when faced with chemical agents such as mustard gas or sarin. However the high performance bearings of the X series wouldn’t due to the fact that they are completely resilient to chemicals and wear proof in temperature ranges of -100 to +250°C.

‘Porton Man’ was built by Crawley Creatures in Buckinghamshire.

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