igus go Above and Beyond

Here at igus, the customer really is at the centre of our operations which is why we strive to go above and beyond what is expected to meet their exact requirements.

Analyzation of new methods of packaging in the UK subsidiary along with the recycling of materials, has led to quick turn-around, dispatching times and increased environmental friendliness. The customer is therefore secure in the knowledge that their order will be with them in a very short lead-time.

A dedicated readychain® assembly area, where energy chains are fully harnessed as complete systems for customers (and configured with all requisite cables and connectors), means a system can be supplied; ready-made to customer specifications and fully tested complete with an igus® guarantee. Elements including overall costs and time, are reduced for the customer along with the number of suppliers the customer has to deal with.

igus® employ a highly trained workforce of skilled electricians within this department ensuring the upmost standard of work is achieved. The installation team have a designated workshop area, where highly trained qualified personnel install these complete systems on site.

It was only last week that our reliable Warehouse Coordinator, stayed on-site past midnight especially to complete an emergency chain build order and delivery for one of our customers.

 

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Wimbledon’s roof glides with energy chains

Wimbledon’s roof glides with energy chains

When the roof first glided over Wimbledon’s illustrious Centre Court on 29th June 2009, allowing the fourth round singles match between Amélie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina to continue, it was the landmark occasion for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

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The Grand Slam Championship, which enjoys huge global television audiences, was often at the mercy of Britain’s unpredictable and inclement weather. With hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in around the world the All England Club needed to find a solution.

The organisers thought long and hard before deciding to build a retracting roof over one of sport’s most iconic venues, but the roof over the Centre Court was to be no ordinary roof. Constraints of space, a desire to minimise noise and a requirement for it to blend into the historic venue all required a novel solution.

“There are plenty of retractable roofs on sporting stadium, but to date the majority have been flat roofs,” explains John Biggin, project manager at mechanical engineers SCX Special Projects Ltd – the firm chosen to design and build the retractable roof moving parts and control systems. “The Centre Court roof was to be a concertina roof; sliding roofs lack the flexibility of this offering. If you have a flat roof you need the space to move it into when you open it and we didn’t have that at Wimbledon. So the concertina type was the way to go.”

The concertina roof project involves 148 axes of control, huge steel trusses and over 17,000 sq ft of fabric covering, with the assorted cabling. All controlled by 108 high performance actuators, 40 servo motors and 196 servo drives, along with miles of cables.

The new roof works on a principle similar to a folding fabric concertina – with metal ribs or trusses supporting a translucent industrial fabric. “The trusses are basically inverted triangles, which are supported by the end arms and set into precise motion by electric actuators which form a structural yet moveable part of the roof,” Biggin adds.

The roof comprises nine bays of tensioned fabric divided into two sections (North and South).  The northern section has five bays, with four in the south.  Each bay is supported on either side by a steel truss (10 trusses in total) spanning the 77m wide court with approximately 5,200 square metres (55,972 square feet) of fabric keeping the rain out and allowing the light in.

The ends of each truss are supported by a wheeled carriage or bogie which moves along a track positioned on the newly installed fixed roof of the Centre Courts being done because of rain, court covers will protect the grass in the usual way while the closure is in progress.

With such a concertina design, preventing damage to the myriad of required electrical cables was a major concern. The solution was to use igus energy chains. The energy chains guide and protect the cables while the intricate movements of the roof protect the playing surface below.

The energy chains are modular and therefore can be assembled quickly and easily to accommodate any length or orientation of travel, which enables engineers to save installation time. They are tested and proven against environmental elements, high loads and speeds and noise. Above all they reduce downtime and increase the service lives of cables and hoses.

“The energy chains were always part of the original plan,” Biggin explains. “We needed the energy chains to get the cables safely across moving items. They support and protect the cables. If we didn’t protect and control the cables they would keep getting bent as the roof concertinas and they would eventually fracture, so we put in the energy chains.

“They are a unique solution. If you need to get cables across a gap and the gap moves they are the only way to go. There are various flexible type curly cables out in the market, but they are just impractical. They protect the cables and assist them moving and bending in a safe manner. Energy chains can also be partitioned to take a number of different cables.”

Another important benefit is that the plastic energy chains can be colour co-ordinated to fit in with the overall design. In this instance they were moulded in white plastic.

Such has been the success of the Centre Court project that plans are now underway to install a roof on the Number One court. “It is likely that this retractable roof will be very similar to the Centre Court one,” Biggin says.

– Ends –

The route in pictures, a quick re-cap

We started in Tokyo…

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…where we took part in the automotive exhibition…

…and also participated in a traditional festival…

…before we started exploring the greatest city on Earth…

We also went to the German Embassy

One member of the embassy even held a speech at our press conference…

…besides Kenny, the country manager of Japan.

As soon as the conference had finished, we mad our way to Isesaki…

We then went onto the West Coast…

Then we drove south to Kyoto…

…the next venue was Osaka…

…and Hiroshima.

From Hiroshima, we continued to travel down South until we reached Mt.Aso, the largest active volcano of Japan.

From Mt. Aso, we went back up North to the coastal city Nagoya.

From Nagoya we continued north to the famous Mount Fuji…

We then headed straight to Sendai, where we received a donation…

From Sendai we headed back towards Tokyo. On the way we dropped by at the factory to say goodbye.

igus UK Newsletter- June 2014!

Dear Sir or Madam,  
While I am writing this, the English world cup squad have just landed in Manchester, after a very short (even by English standards) and disappointing campaign. However, this does mean that fans now have a succession of free evenings ahead, time which would have otherwise been spent watching the tournament. This unexpected free time could be used for summer barbecues, trips to the beach, time with friends, the possibilities are endless. In our increasingly time-poor world, any product or process which relieves this pressure is surely worth exploring.At igus®, our philosophy is to supply our customers with products which save time and money, you can see some of the latest examples of this below. Remember, if you have moving parts on your machine, then talk to us, it is highly likely we can save you time and money while also increasing the life of your design. Email me 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 time and money. Email me at maldridge@igus.co.uk.Now for some bad news, this will be the last igus® UK general newsletter until September as the editor has to take a well earned break, see you after the holidays.Best regardsMatthew Aldridge

 

 

Topics in this newsletter

 

plastics for longer life® in applications
Reduce costs and improve technology with 1 of more than 1,200 “plastics for longer life®” examples
profile-rol e-chain® P4 in highly dynamic linear gantry profile-rol e-chain® P4
The profile-rol e-chain® stands up to high accelerations and speeds over the long-term.
The P4 in this linear gantry is quiet, fast, and efficient. “Our specification required that the loading process needed to be standardised and simplified”, the user Peter Vogl explains. “This can only be accomplished with dynamics. And this quickly brings up the issue of the matching energy supply system.” The profile-rol e-chain® P4.32 has proven its capabilities in the module from the start. Read more300 more e-chain® application examples

 

Brand new plastics for longer life®
Your igus® novelties*
Quiet, fast, and with low abrasion – e-chain® for high-speed gantries P4
Maximum speeds on long travels
The rollers travel at an offset and minimise friction and the noise profile. Accurately tracking “autoglide” crossbars and a special aluminium trough keep it in the track. The smallest available bending radius of 75 mm facilitates installation in confined space.More information here
Aluminium trough construction kit for profile-rol e-chains® P4 Aluminium trough construction kit for profile-rol e-chains® P4
Lighter and more cost-effective than steel troughs
The new trough system makes the entire guide system even smoother and lighter. The special trough shape reliably supports offset travel of the P4 e-chain®.More information here
Rolling and adjusting – drylin® W hybrid carriages as “door openers” drylin® W
Low displacement forces and low-noise operation
The new hybrid carriage now represents an ideal solution whenever a lateral manual adjustment needs to be implemented without a secondary guide. It travels smoothly and nearly noise-free – completely without lubricants.

More information here

xiros® polymer ball bearings in new installation sizes xiros®
Rinsable and corrosion-resistant
xirodur® B180 polymer ball bearings in combination with the PA cage and choice of glass or stainless steel balls provide long service life and an outstanding price-performance ratio.

More information here

 

the-chain tested
Knowledge from the igus® lab
How does the P4 perform in noise tests? igus® lab
Noise test of the profile-rol e-chain® P4.
The profile-rol e-chain® P4 has become a standard for many crane manufacturers, and runs smoothly and with low vibrations due to its tribo-optimised rollers. The P4 underwent a noise test in the exterior grounds of the igus® lab. Various travel speeds up to 4 m/s and various measurement parameters demonstrate that the general noise level is very low, and that the system travels with no vibration. The system has a noise level of 76 dB at 4 m/s. Read the entire test report here

 

dry-tech®tested
Insights from the igus® labs
Short linear stroke on various shafts wear test
Wear testing on short stroke test rig: iglidur® plain bearing on various counter partners.
The igus® lab regularly conducts wear tests even on linear motions. Among others, this also involves an analysis of very short linear motions of 5 mm at high frequencies, such as occur on actuators and in solenoid engineering. Read the entire test report hereWear results are available for all iglidur® materials against a wide range of shaft materials. The chart only shows an excerp. If you are interested in the results of other pairings please contact us.
Humanoid robot showing promise
Light, rugged, and chock-full of high-tech: the potential of 3D printing is also seen in the collaboration between University Bonn and igus® GmbH. Both partners jointly developed a robot that will compete in July at the RoboCup World-Cup in Brazil. The exterior shape and load-bearing components consist of plastic parts fabricated with the laser sintering process. The new generation of football robots is light and mobile, and designed to withstand falls. Find out moreThe robot is still needs a name. Submit your name suggestion on our facebook page. The winner will receive a surprise.  RoboCup
Where is igus® hiding? Where is igus hiding?
An 11,000 tonne tray with the playing field is moved with igus® profile-rol e-chains®!
profile-rol e-chains® move the playing field of the VELTINS arena
“The world has never seen such a stadium “, FIFA President Joseph Blatter raves about the VELTINS arena at Schalke. One of its hallmarks is the mobile playing field. With the help of two space-saving profile-rol e-chains® and special cables made by igus®, it travels a one-way distance of 170 m. Read more here

 

igus® on-site
Pencil it into your calendar today and experience all igus® novelties* live in your neighborhood
Click here for the igus® trade fair calendar Schedule an appointment and ask for a free ticket
   
Machine Building Machine Building Show
Birmingham
30.09. – 01.10.2014 
Interplas Interplas
Birmingham
30.09. – 02.10.2014
Engineering Design Show Engineering Design Show
Coventry
22. – 23.10.2014
   
igus®
Caswell Road
Northampton
NN4 7PW
igus®
* Delivery time means time until shipping of goods.

 

*and line extensions

Video of the Week – igus expands its xiros polymer ball bearing range

New products for a wider range of applications

 

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Bearings specialist igus expands its xiros range to meet the requirements of a wide range of industries. Also available are versions manufactured from hazardous-free materials for the food industry which ensures that no harmful substances come into contact with any of the product, whilst bearings made with detectable materials are created so that they can be quickly found in the event of a system failure.

Video of the Week – igus expands its xiros polymer ball bearing range

igus’ xirodur cages are cost effective, and ensure the balls within the bearing are optimally spaced to maximise quiet operation, in addition they can have FDA conformance where required to ensure further versatility.

The new axial polymer caster bearings, developed for use in conveyor systems, enables higher loads to be processed whilst reducing the risk of external damage to delicate products being transferred.

Goodbye Japan

During the last three weeks, we explored some of the major parts of Japan. We drove about 1300 kilometres south until we reached Mount Aso, the largest active volcano of Japan. From there, we made our way 1700 kilometres north again. If you add this to the daily driving, then you come to a total number of about 5200 kilometres. Our bearings endured this distance as easily as they did the previous 17000 kilometres.
Whilst driving north, we passed the Miyagi prefecture. Miyagi is north of Tokio and hit the headlines in 2011, when the Tsunami damaged large parts of the coast. Ishinomaki was one of the cities that suffered near the sea shore, about 80% of the buildings got destroyed.

The sign marks the height of the 2011 Tsunami wave

A lot of work has been done within the last three years with all rubble being removed and new building being erected.


The sign shows that this house can stand a possible Tsunami. In an emergency case, people can climb up the roof

Life goes on. At the first glance you can’t tell that this city grew out of ashes again. However, if you know about the tragedy, then you can still see some leftovers of the Tsunami with huge parts of the former urban land still abandoned and some of the remaining houses derelict.

As some citizens never turned back, neither did some employers. Many facilities that got destroyed were never built up again (or at least not in the city). Some people not only lost their homes but also their work. Some of them are still living in temporary houses that are often too small to provide sufficient privacy.
The Hatachi fund is one of the foundations that are helping in particular children with the aftermath of the disaster. Hatachi means in Japanese “twenty-years-old”. They accompany children until they are twenty years and therefore officially adult. Hatachi serves as an umbrella for a various kind of foundations. Each is specialized on a certain aspect of aid. One of them is the “Chance for Children foundation” (CFC), which focuses on education.

igus Japan will support their work with one euro for each driven kilometre.

The money will be used, for instance, for study rooms where children can learn, play and get help with their homework. Also, they give out an “education-voucher”. The children use this voucher as a method of payment. A wide range of institutions such as cramming schools, sport clubs, music schools, museums etc. accept the voucher. They change it later with CFC to actual money.

This section of the tour has come to an end. I want to use the chance to say “adigato gozaimasu” to my Japanese colleagues, who were showing me great hospitality and support. It was a great tour.

We are on the way to Tokyo. From there the car will departure to the other site of the world. The next time I will write to you will be from Brazil.

Yours Sascha.

 

 

 

Driving North

We are still driving north. Soon, we will reach our most northern destination Sendai.

On our way we passed Fukushima, where the Tsunami of 2011 hit a nuclear plant. It is well known that this resulted in the meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors. The clean up is still in motion and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. As the radiation is very high in the proximity of the reactor, robots are replacing humans wherever possible. One model of a robot, that is in use to remove rubble, uses our triflex® R chain. triflex® R ensures the energy supply by guiding and protecting the cables. triflex® R are three-dimensional cable carriers for robots of which not only offer multi-dimensional movements but are also very easy to assemble, in particular in combination with the tensioning device (triflex® RS).

triflex® RS is a very compact universal module that is mounted on fastening points available on the robot. Thanks to the low installation height and the triflex® R chain guide parallel to the robotic arm, applications with extremely low installation space can also be realized.

Heading north led us mainly along the coast.

At one point we reached the grave of the first Shogun of the Edo period (Kunozan Toshogu).

He established the Tokugawa clan that had been ruling Japan from 1600-1868. The Shogun (literally “military commander”) was the leader of the Samurai and technically appointed by the emperor. Although the emperor in Kyoto was still the legitimate ruler of Japan, the Shogun controlled Japan. Thus, de facto, they ruled the country. People who worship the shogun sometimes donate something to the grave or shrine respectively. For instance, one company donated these barrels full of Sake (famous Japanese rice wine).

Another one donated plastic figures that are manufactured in the region.

Further north, we visited the national symbol of Japan, the famous Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is with 3776 meters the highest mountain in Japan.

The altitude is not so special, but rather that the volcano (last eruption 1707) is standing completely alone making the mounting look huge.

The mountain has been added to the world heritage list in 2013 and has also been selected as a “cultural” heritage site rather than a “natural” heritage site. As per UNESCO, Mount Fuji has not only inspired artists and poets but also been an object of pilgrimage for centuries. Unfortunately, we could not spare time to take the car up the mountain although our bearings would not have been fazed having to face snow and cold. They are used to harsher environments.

One of our customers with the iglidur® on tour flag

Alternatively, we visited the nearby lake Kawaguchi.

The tour in Japan is already coming to an end. In the course of the week the car will leave the land of the rising sun to take the long way to Brazil.

I keep you up to date,

Yours Sascha.

Video of the Week – Easy assembly with readychain speed from igus

Fast assembly and quick connection for fully harnessed e-chains

Take a look at the readychain for yourself: http://bit.ly/1kNC9us

The new readychain speed from e-chain specialist igus, makes it faster and easier than ever to connect harnessed e-chains with a combined connector and mounting bracket. A secure connection is guaranteed thanks to the robust connectors alongside the latches on the side preventing any disconnection.

The readychain speed reduces the need for excess cable lengths and removes the danger posed by any lose cables. Thanks to all cables being installed into one system, they can be plugged-in simultaneously, resulting in faster installation and low downtime.

For more information on igus products and to request free product samples, please contact igus on 01604 677240. For regular updates, follow us on www.twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/youtube, connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/facebook or visit our blog on blog.igus.co.uk.

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