igus® Video of the Week – online 3D printing service with instant quotations

igus® Video of the Week – online 3D printing service with instant quotations

igus® has introduced a new online 3D printing service using lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur® tribo-filament. These parts are extremely strong even when compared to traditionally machined and injection-moulded techniques, making them suitable for low cost prototyping and low volume manufacturing.

For an instant quotation, easy-to -use online 3D printing service can be completed in three simple steps …

  1. Drag and drop your STL file into the igus® configurator
  2. With the 360° viewer, check your model and enter the units of measurement
  3. Select a suitable tribo-filament, the desired order quantity and place your selection in the shopping basket to instantly receive a quotation

Once the order is placed and depending on the complexity of the design, your product can be delivered in as little as 24 hours.

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Predict the future with the worlds first intellegent cable.

igus® takes the next step towards industry 4.0 by developing the worlds first chainflex® cable that warns the user before it fails. If problems arise, such as the threat of a core breakage, the cable issues a warning while in operation. This enables the user to replace the cable before it has a chance to fail.

A big stride for preventive maintenance and therefore,  increased plant availability. The cable will be presented at the 2016 Hannover Messe.

If you are already interested, you are welcome to gain initial experience as a beta tester.

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Video of the Week – solving the productivity puzzle for OEMs

Video of the Week - solving the productivity puzzle for OEMs

Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus®, introduces one solution to the UK’s productivity puzzle – by intellectually outsourcing secondary tasks, OEMs can concentrate on their core skills.

“We are experiencing a rise in demand for subassemblies that can be slotted directly into industrial machines,” says Aldridge.

Customised readychain® is a more cost effective way to order multiple components, because the cables and hoses come pre-assembled in the energy chain. Advantages of choosing readychain® are clear to see, in terms of reducing cost and time for the OEM, eliminating inventory costs, and increasing factory capacity. In addition, readychain® is fully tested and certified and delivered with a guarantee.

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Tribo-tape for canal boat hatches

The sliding hatch on canal boats is nowadays as ever present as the main entrance, the practicality of a sliding hatch, the intended ease of use and its space saving abilities are the main reasons for their presence. They usually consist of two pieces of angle iron welded to the roof of the boat. The hatch then slides forward and backwards on runners.

However there are some issues that can occur affecting the hatch movement such as metal to metal wear, making the hatch hard to manoeuvre and also the potential for gouge marks to occur in the runners from forced movement. Adverse weather conditions can also play a part and being exposed to the elements over time will cause rust and corrosion which in turn will also affect the movement of the sliding hatch.

Some common preventatives for such issues are standard teak wood and Vaseline and PU sealant which can work temporarily but aren’t long term solutions and can actually cause dirt and debris to build up on the runners.

igus® has recently developed its new tribo-tape material, made from tribologically optimised iglidur A160 material. Designed to reduce wear on a wide range of applications due to its low friction and abrasion values, the tribo-tape has maintenance-free dry-running properties that in turn, improve all types of sliding surfaces. Tribo-tape can improve the function of a sliding hatch door by eliminating alignment issues from wood expansion, there is also no need for lubrication so dirt and dust particles are not attracted which also assists with the long term smooth running of the sliding hatch.

 

For your free sample of tribo-tape click here

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Video of the Week – drylin® E – pick and place – inspection flat gantry

igus® Video of the Week – online 3D printing service with instant quotations

Automating tasks greatly assists manufacturing effectiveness, enabling lower costs, shorter production times and faster response with local production. The drylin® E modular gantry system from igus® provides a simple, affordable and reliable way of automating pick-and-place, test and measurement, or labelling and marking functions.

A complete system can be easily constructed utilising drylin® E linear modules, toothed belts, gear racks and NEMA stepper motors. igus® energy chains and cabling are used to protect wiring during movement and assist gantry Operation.

The maintenance-free drylin® E flat gantry requires no external lubrication and offers clean, corrosion free operation. It is suitable for loads up to 30kg, and can reach speeds of up to 1.5m/s. Go to the igus® website, configure a gantry to have a full system assembled and shipped in 24 hours at: www.igus.co.uk/dryline

Video of the Week – igus® e-chains® for offshore applications

igus® Video of the Week – online 3D printing service with instant quotations

A rugged, yet light weight alternative to the traditional steel drag chains used in the offshore industry, igus® offshore e-chains® make an ideal fit for harsh environments or those hard to access places. Available in a wide selection of sizes, they can accommodate cables and hoses with large diameters safely to the application, whether it’s offshore, on drilling rigs or ships, or in the harbour.

 

With their tribopolymer structure, offshore e-chains® are naturally UV and sea water resistant and, because they are self-lubricating, do not require continued maintenance. Their strength allows hanging applications of up to 200m in length, whilst maintaining a flexible, modular design that is quick and easy to install.

 

Offshore e-chains® can be used in many ways in various offshore applications, including chain-block and e-chain drum versions. ATEX solutions are also available. To watch a short clip showing some of the potential applications where igus® offshore e-chains® can be used, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/offshore2016

igus® shows world’s largest plastic energy chain, the E4.350, at Subsea Expo 2016

At this year’s Subsea Expo, which runs from 3rd – 5th February at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Aberdeen AECC), we will be showcasing the E4.350 ESD energy chain – the largest plastic energy chain in the world, as well as introducing Corry Sutherland, the company’s recently appointed Oil & Gas product specialist.

High-performance plastic brings significant benefits to Offshore industry

The E4.350 ESD energy chain has been developed specifically for offshore applications, and other industries where oversized cables and hoses need to be guided and protected. In addition to the significant price advantage over traditional steel energy chains, the modern high-performance engineering plastic used in the E4.350 is stronger than steel for a given size and much lighter. It is also inherently resistant to corrosion and weathering, and unaffected by exposure to virtually every type of chemical and petrochemical, as well as by exposure to UV light from the sun.

Manufactured from igumid® ESD, a permanently conductive tribopolymer that incorporates special additives that ensure electrostatic charge is dissipated in a controlled manner, the E4.350 ESD energy chain is suitable for use in areas where the ATEX or IECEx standard applies. The material is also self-lubricating, requiring no grease or oil on the joints throughout its working life, even in the presence of high levels of soiling and contaminants; this dramatically reduces, and can even eliminate the need for routine maintenance, and enables the life of the energy chain to be predicted more accurately.

Modular in design, the E4.350 energy chain can easily be shortened and lengthened as required. Steel energy chains, on the other hand, have many more components and require more tools and time to dismantle. In addition, igus® energy chains offer excellent rigidity and high load capacity when shear forces are at work due to their tongue and groove design. Specifications include, inner height: 350mm, inner widths: 400-800mm, bending radii: 500-1000mm and pitch: 470mm. An Interior separation system and mounting brackets can be supplied. Additional features include, quiet operation, straight running due to inner/outer link design, and stable opening crossbars at every link.

Corry Sutherland – Oil & Gas product specialist

Corry joined igus in October 2015 as the company’s Oil & Gas product specialist. He has worked in project engineering roles within the Oil & Gas industry for over four years and brings a wealth of technical and project management experience with him. Corry is an ex-Piper with the Scots Guards and currently serves with the British Army (Reserves) 7th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

“We are delighted to welcome Corry to igus®,” commented Justin Leonard, director of igus®. “His experience in the Oil & Gas industry makes him the ideal man to take our business forward in this area. This coupled with his dependable, can-do approach is sure to be highly valued by our customers.”

Corry and other members of the igus® team will be available on Stand 195 throughout the show to take visitors through the benefits and potential applications of their E4.350 ESD energy chain, as well as provide insight into the full range of igus® products suitable for offshore use.

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WANTED – Unique energy chain applications for the fifth vector® awards

igus® invites submissions of novel energy chain applications for its biennial global competition

The possible uses of energy chain systems carrying moving cables and hoses is now vast – they withstand seawater on ships and oil rigs, prevent the permeation of dirt and dust in material handling systems, provide ISO Class 1 protection in cleanrooms, and countless other applications.

To find the most innovative uses of energy chain systems, igus® invites submissions in the UK for the biennial vector award via the online form: www.igus.co.uk/vector2016

“Even for us, it is sometimes still surprising and exciting to see where and how customers use our energy chains,” said Harold Nehring, head of energy chain systems at igus®. “We want to use this competition to identify new ways of using our products and to recognise the innovative designs being developed by engineers around the world.”

Submissions will be judged by an independent panel of science and technology experts, and winners will receive prizes of up to 5,000 euros at the official awards ceremony, which will be held at the Hannover Trade Fair in April. The deadline for entries is 26th February, 2016.

For more information and to review previous years’ entries, please visit: www.vector-award.eu

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“It is sometimes still surprising and exciting to see where and how customers use our energy chains,” said Harold Nehring, head of energy chain systems at igus®.

WANTED - Unique energy chain applications for the fifth vector® awards

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

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