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


“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

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

iglidur® AB – antibacterial material from igus® for medical applications

igus® introduces a new plain bearing material developed specifically for medical and laboratory applications. Called iglidur® AB, the material has undergone rigorous antimicrobial efficacy testing, which is the measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces, according to the ISO 22196: 2011 standard. Results show that its antibacterial properties will help reduce bacterial contamination to users and patients and, like all other iglidur materials, is self-lubricating and therefore maintenance-free.

“From pick & place equipment in the laboratory to mechanical joints on patient furniture, the areas of application for this new material are diverse,” says Robert Dumayne, director, igus®. “As well as its antibacterial properties, iglidur® AB brings two further advantages to the medical and laboratory industry – there is no risk of contamination by oil or grease and machinery and equipment can be cleaned safely, without the risk of washing away lubricants.”

iglidur® AB offers good resistance to chemicals, which enables bearings made of this material to withstand aggressive cleaning agents. In addition, a continuous application temperature range of -40 to +70ºC is possible.

iglidur® AB – antibacterial material from igus® for medical applications

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®

Video of the Week – drylin® – smooth moving kitchen furniture

In the furniture industry, cleanliness and weight saving are vital. Examples of where igus® products offer big benefits include: smooth table drawers, clean bearings for rotary and pivoting motion, elegant and secure cable management, low profile linear guides for moving sofa components, variable seat settings or individual height adjustments.

The use of technical polymers in place of ball bearings enables lubricant-free designs that do not attract dirt. This eliminates the risk of grease stains on fabrics and makes them ideal for clean, hygienic environments.

drylin® W profile guides for example, offer a cost effective, pre-assembled system with low friction and high longevity. Series E14 e-chains® are easy to fill with electrical cables and can accept tight bending radii. igubal® self-aligning bearings are both robust and lightweight. drylin® E compact powerful DC motors can provide movement assist and be used in conjunction with other igus® polymer bearing and guide products.


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

igus® xiros® rollers – a revolution for packaging machines

We have developed a system for guide and transport rollers used in the labelling, packaging and food industries that helps OEMs build machines that adhere to some of the most strict regulations and cope with extremely harsh environments when deployed on the factory floor. The xiros® rollers consist of an anodised aluminium tube and two xiros® ball bearings, which are lightweight, low friction and cost-effective in comparison with their metal counterparts. They also run without the need for lubricants, which may damage, discolour or deteriorate the integrity of the material or film during the processing.

“In a thermoforming machine for coffee creamer packages, for example, the customer originally used ball bearings, which were built into the sterile area and used in the rollers, where the thermoforming and sealing films are guided,” said Dean Aylott, xiros® product manager, igus®. “During the process, these films pass through an H₂O₂ bath, which degraded the steel bearings resulting in failures. xiros® A500 polymer ball bearings were used as a replacement due to their high resistance to such chemicals.”

Tuned to the specific needs of the packaging industry, such as food hygiene or FDA compliance, igus® xiros® B180 ball bearings provide FDA-compliant, self-lubricating and maintenance-free machine elements that help optimise machine design. Also available for the food industry are xiros® ball bearings that are made of detectable magnetic materials, so that they can be found quickly and easily in the event of a system failure.

Using the igus® online xiros® configurator (www.igus.co.uk/xiros), users can assemble their own individual solution in just three simple steps. First, the desired inner diameter is selected – 8, 10, 12, 15, or 17mm; next, the appropriate outer diameter is added, either 30 or 38mm. Finally, the required length of the aluminium tube is specified, which can be anything between 25 and 1500mm. After defining the three parameters, the item is added to the shopping cart and can be ordered online for prompt delivery.

igus® xiros® rollers – a revolution for packaging machines

Video of the Week – igus® readychain® moving energy made easy

Take a virtual tour of the igus® readychain® factory in Cologne to see how complete energy chain systems are designed, developed and assembled.

Following a technical consultation onsite, igus® plans and engineers readycable® or readychain® solutions, specific to the customer’s requirements and individually quality checked. These come with a system guarantee upon request.

Each custom solution is delivered promptly to the customer’s factory for easy ‘plug and play’ assembly onto the machine, saving both process and storage costs.


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