Video of the Week – igus’ chainflex cables beat standard cables in dynamic applications

Preventing cable failures in e-chains

igus chainflex cables are proven to last millions of cycles in dynamic e-chain applications.

This is because of the special way in which the cables are designed and manufactured. The copper stranding, core bundling, shielding and outer jacket are all vital parts of a good dynamic cable design, and by optimising these igus can always guarantee that its chainflex cables will last millions of cycles in e-chain applications.




igus improves the performance of agricultural machines

Brazil is one of the largest producers of agricultural products in the world. Every year, millions of tons of soybeans, grain, sugar cane, ethanol or coffee are harvested.

For this, a lot of machines are needed. igus® parts help improve the performance of agricultural machines such as field sprayers, hay sprayers, tractors etc. Especially in agricultural applications, you need solutions that can stand up to rough conditions, such as dirt, shock and edge loads. The absence of lubricants and a long service life are equally important, which makes igus® bearings the perfect solution for any kind of agricultural machine.

Kuhn is one of the leading manufacturers of farming machinery. The company was founded in 1828 and nowadays has more than 3000 employees.

We left Sao Paulo and made our way South. On the way, we passed Curitiba, the biggest city in Southern Brazil with around 1.7 million habitants. Curitiba was an official city for the FIFA World Cup, where several matches took place such as Spain vs. Australia or Ecuador vs. Honduras.

The stadium, which provided space for 4000 fans, is equipped with thousands of chairs that comprise of self-lubricating iglidur® GLW bearings.

Each of the newer white chairs has six igus® bearings, two that ensure the motion whereas four are at fixed points.

iglidur® GLW is a very cheap, self-lubricating bearing for mass production. It is mostly used in applications with static load, where the bearings are just moving occasionally.

The older chairs are to be replaced soon. In the match plastic vs. metal, plastic is ahead and about to win. We also had the chance to take the car onto the field.

If you are one of the few followers that is able to understand Portuguese, check out the article of the residing football team Atlético Paranaense:

After and before matches, fans were able to relax at the nearby botanical garden.

From Curitiba we travelled further South to Joinville. Joinville, not very well-known to most people, is THE city for those interested in ballet.

Joinville has the only subsidy of the very famous Bolshoi ballet academy (Moscow).

Here, they have students from all over South America. Once the dancer has passed the selective test (they take 40 of about 500 applicants), the school will pay for the accommodation as well as the flat and living costs of the student.

Joinville is not only famous for this school, but also marks the beginning of a part of Brazil that is full of Germans.

Brazilians with German descendents are living in the entire country but the overwhelming majority lives south of Sao Paulo. If you consider all German dialects together, then they make up the second most spoken first language in Brazil after Portuguese. The Brazilian government conducted a census in 2000, which came to the result that about 12 million citizens have German roots. The first Germans settled there in the 19th century. The failed German revolutions of 1848 resulted in a wave of German immigrants. Many of them arrived in the state Santa Catarina, where they founded the cities Joinville, Pomerode and Blumenau.

Nowadays, Pomerode is considered the most German city as about fifty percent of the citizens can speak German.

German is still the first language they learn in school along with German traditions, such as the annual “Pommernfest”, that they have been keeping alive for decades.

Some of the citizens even have gnomes in their garden, which is very German indeed, and many of the old houses are half-timbered.

The following house is the oldest in Pomerode and built in 1860.

Not far from Pomerode is the bigger city Blumenau. Once in a year, the “Deutsche Ville Park” is the venue for the third largest Oktoberfest worldwide.

We were able to present the car at the entrance. Many people were curious about the car driving around the world, with even the princesses of the last Oktoberfest showing up for a picture.

Currently, we are on the way to Florianopolis with the route leading along the coast. On the way, we passed by this stunning beach.

I will keep you up to date,

yours Sascha.

igus bearings in the Curitiba world-cup stadium

This is the former World Cup stadium in Curitiba, where matches such as Spain vs. Australia or Ecuador vs. Honduras took place. iglidur is ready to face the challenge of equipping the remaining chairs with self-lubricating bearings. So far, all the white chairs are relying on each six igus bearings.

For more information on igus bearings, visit the website here: 



Sao Paulo is the economic centre of Brazil but the city has one problem: there is no direct access to the sea. Thus, all goods that are manufactured in Sao Paulo and the surrounding are transported to Santos, the closest port city.


Although Sao Paulo has about forty times more inhabitants than Santos (20 million vs. 1/2 million), Santos is of equal importance. In the 19th century, ships avoided docking there due to yellow fever that the city was struggling with. Nowadays, ships are docking at every possible moment and the former “port of death” is the biggest in South America. In proximity to the port, a countless number of logistic companies are handling a large portion of the world’s coffee exports, as well as a significant number of steel, oil, cars, oranges, bananas and cotton. Once a container arrives by truck, Reach-Stackers unload them.


In order to make the handling easier, the driver is able to extend the length of the telescopes arms.


 It is only possible to extend, to drive them out respectively, by using a lot of grease.


This grease can be a thing of the past. With self-lubricating iglidur® plates, these plates can be put between the rail and housing to ensure smooth, noise-free motion. They are available in seven thickness options and are not only lubricant free, but also chemical resistant. Furthermore, they have a high wear resistance and low humidity absorption.


Once the Reach-Stacker has done its job, huge cranes load the container onto ships. Such cranes need a large amount of energy. In order to protect the cables against any kind of weather, and therefore to ensure the energy supply, igus® offers Energy Chains. igus® power chain systems are a good alternative to bus bar, fastenings and reel systems.


They are in operation on more than 10,000 port equipment applications. Unfortunately, we were not able to access the port but those cranes in South Korea (Busan) work like the ones in Santos.


Santos is not only the most important South-American port but also a Mekka for tourists. As the bearings in the car can handle sea water and dirt without any problems, we took the car to the city beach.



Close to the seashore is a hill famous for paragliding. Sometimes, the airspace above the hill is so full of people paragliding, that it is a wonder that they are not crashing into each other.


 From the top of the hill, you have a fantastic view over the entire city. 


Just one hour drive from Sao Paulo and nearby Santos, is the small city Guaruja. In Guaruja you can experience white sand beaches, bars, palms and sun, such as you would expect to find rather in the Caribbean than nearby the biggest Brazilian city.



Autumn and winter see a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere whereas in the summer month, the beach is completely overcrowded with tourists.


We are currently heading South, taking the same route as the countless Argentinians who came to support their team in the World Cup. 

I will keep you guys up to date,

yours Sascha

The igus mobile exhibition is in full swing!

Find out how plastic bearings, linear systems, energy chains and cabling assemblies can help improve designs

A series of one day Road Show Exhibitions throughout the UK commenced on the 21st of July and will continue until 1st of August 2014. Using a modular display stand system, the exhibition truck is tailored to meet the needs of each company it visits. Engineers and purchasers will have plenty of time to speak to igus for advice on selecting energy chains, bearings and cabling assemblies for their applications – as well as viewing and handling product samples.  All of this will be in the comfort of their own premises.

The igus mobile exhibition is in full swing!

“We understand that our customers don’t always have the time to leave their workplace and attend trade shows,” explains Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director, igus. ”That’s why we decided it would be a great idea to offer an alternative, giving us the opportunity to visit customers while, at the same time, helping them save on travel, accommodation and valuable working time.”

Video of the Week – e-spool in customer applications

e-spool provides power and data in all directions

For more information, take a look at the igus website:

e-chain specialist igus has developed the e-spool as an alternative to cable reels and zigzag systems.  e-spool is unique in allowing different media types to run together with no breaks at all through the system. Typical applications include stage and theatre and cranes.

In this novel customer application, the e-spool is successfully used to manage power and data cables in all directions on an automated rack feeder system

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Once a year, usually in February, Rio de Janeiro turns into the biggest carnival party in the world. Every day there are around two million people on the streets with the main attraction being the colourful parade that is filled with revellers, floats and adornments from numerous Samba schools.


The Samba schools are competing against each other not only in dancing but also in playing drums, creativity of costumes etc. The parade only goes through a certain street. Thus, you must buy a ticket if you wish to see it. For those not able to get one, cameras are recording everything, some are remote controlled and can move a few hundred meters along the parade. In the picture below you can see a rail for cameras at the top of the stage.


This rail is equipped with a 320 meter long cost-efficient DryLin® rail that ensures the smooth, noise-free motion of the cameras. See here for more Drylin information:


DryLin® WS 28 guarantees that no camera sticks whilst moving with speeds up to 60km/h. The TV channels have been relying on our rail for about four years. While doing this, the rail has been unprotected throughout the entire time and had to face rain, sun and incredibly high humidity. A diverse range of environmental conditions and of course, it still works perfectly.
Example of DryLin® W rail for cameras:





Tip Of The Day- How to reduce noise and vibrations in the E6 chain


More information on the E6 chain can be found here:

Does the mounting direction for E6 chains matter?…

Yes it does. In case the E6 chains are mounted the wrong way round (fixed end and moving end mixed up) this would lead to a slightly higher noise level and increased vibrations during travel. Especially with printers this can be a big factor.

Correctly mounted, the side parts at the top face towards the moving end, as shown in the drawing to the right.

How should the lids of e-tubes be assembled?…

To guarantee the highest possible chip-resistance, you should start assembly of the lids from the fixed end. Every next lid in direction to the moving end should overlap the previous one.
This prevent the chips (mostly falling from above) to enter the chain between the lids.
Chip-resistance tests with both assembly methods showed significant differences in the number of chips that entered the tube.



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