Southern Manufacturing 2016

We will be at Southern Manufacturing show from the 9th – 11th of February 2016 showcasing several new cable and bearing products on our stand (N97).

One focus to our stand will be the new dryin® W linear guide system, which is constructed entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). Ideal for applications across the aerospace, automotive and medical industries, the drylin® W linear guide system is up to 60% lighter than a traditional steel rail system, and 40% less compared with, the ‘light’ alternative, an aluminium rail. This light weight system is available for travel lengths of up to 2 metres, allowing designers to develop a more cost-effective solution.

“This CFRP linear system is ideal for aerospace and motorsport applications where weight may constitute money, or where high dynamic movements are important, such as robots for manufacturing,” said Rob Dumayne, director at igus®. “In addition, the carbon drylin® rail is available as a completely metal-free belt drive system, which integrates plastic pulleys and xiros® plastic ball bearings, meaning these systems can be used without restrictions within X-ray equipment.

Another focal point will be the readychain speed 2.0. Whilst looking for a solution to reduce the amount of cable needed for a customer, igus® developed readychain®; a pre-harnessed energy chain with integrated attachment designed for fast swapping. As with the whole readychain® service, the manufacturer only needs to determine exactly what is required, and igus® will supply the energy chain fully assembled and ready to fit.

Come along and visit our technical experts from the igus® team who will be available throughout the show to provide visitors with practical advice and guidance on selecting igus® products for their own specific applications.

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Video of the Week – Easy unrolling of harnessed e-chains®

Harnessed energy chains, especially for long travel lengths, are usually delivered on big drums, which can take several people to unroll. To help ease this task, igus® has developed the flexible, affordable and reusable rolling rack.

In this week’s video of the week Till Brinkman, product manager for readychain® and readycable® products at igus®, explains how the rolling rack can save manufacturers both time and money.

Based on the readychain® rack, the rack is simple to use, enabling one person to easily unroll up to 100 metres of readychain® cables. The racks can be moved around easily using a fork lift truck, and are also available on transport rollers for extra ease of movement and positioning.

 

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.

Success for igus humanoid at RoboCup Design Award

The ‘RoboCup Design Award’ was awarded for the first time in China last week, and igus submitted our ‘igus humanoid’.

The idea behind the contest is the great goal of the ‘RoboCup Federation’ – a team of autonomous humanoid

robots has to win a football game with the official FIFA rules.

With its simple design, easy interaction with the user and straightforward maintenance work we came in at second place.

Hopefully with this success, the odds are good for igus in future.

igus® helps Formula Student racing team feed its need for speed

UH Racing is the UK’s most successful formula student team of all time. Founded in 1997, the team consists of 30 undergraduate students from the School of Engineering and Technology and they develop a new vehicle each year. A team of students from the Univeristy of Hertfordhsire were asked to make this years UH Racing car much lighter in weight than previous years.

igus, one of the teams sponsors, was more than happy to help with this, explaining the features and benefits of using complex polymer and ultralight metal components  in place of the more traditional steel ones.

igus® helps Formula Student racing team feed its need for speed

 

Foundries – igus feels the heat

Working in foundries with hot, liquid metals is often difficult and dirty for people and the components involved. Our bearings and e-chains resist such conditions.For example, a drylin linear guide is used as part of the x-ray equipment for material examination in a foundry.

After 8 years of trouble free operation, the linear guide has now been replaced by a new igus guide. Such reliable performance clearly defines our mantra “Plastics for longer life”. Last week we had the pleasure of attending The Gifa, a foundry specialist trade fair in Dusseldorf.

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