Video of the Week – e-rover for automated coupling of e-chains for RTG cranes

Energy chain specialist igus® has developed its new e-rover carrying system for Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes. The e-rover provides a safe and secure means of switching the RTG from diesel to electrical power, helping to drastically reduce fuel costs at ports and harbours. Thanks to the innovative use of igus®’ e-chains®, the e-rover is capable of carrying up to three different types of media, including electrical power and data, fibre optic cables, and fluids.

The e-rover ensures that no manual connection is required, thanks to the automatic coupling and uncoupling of the e-rover to the energy chains. The self-aligning system also ensures a risk free connection. An internal mechanism allows the e-rover to compensate for horizontal and vertical offsets, ensuring the e-rover provides the RTG with an uninterrupted connection.

Video of the Week – ‘iglidur on tour’ car completes UK leg


iglidur visits British landmarks before completing the UK tour

Polymer bearing specialist igus rounded off 2014 with a celebration of their 50th birthday and also 30 years of their self-lubricating bearing material, iglidur. To mark both milestones and demonstrate the robust and durable nature of the material in extreme environments, igus retrofitted a small car with iglidur bearings and sent it on a round the world trip. The iglidur car has now completed the UK leg of its tour, which began in November, having visited famous landmarks around the country, such as the Stonehenge, Angel of The North, EdinburghCastle and BuckinghamPalace.

A key part of the tour is the donation of the equivalent of €1 per mile travelled to charities in communities through which the iglidur car passes. In the UK, igus held a small charity event at the Northampton Guildhall, near to its UK headquarters, where the company donated £2,500 to the neonatal Gosset Ward at Northampton GeneralHospital.

The iglidur car left the UK at the end of November to continue with the rest of its European leg, moving on to France.

Christmas Newsletter

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

You’re dreaming of cost down products
While improving your machine
Well give us your idea
At the end of this year
Tell us; we are very keen
Your dream could be our new product
Tell us what you want us to make
(igus plastics work well, no mistake!)

We will then work on your design headache

Christmas greetings from igus®, see you in 2015


Your top 10 products in 2014 and your wishes for 2015
igus® presents its top 10 igus® products in 2014 at the year-end. The series is based on the click rate from the 47 countries around the world where the igus® newsletter is received. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the lively dialogue, here and in daily contact – and of course for your trust and orders in our 50th igus® year.We have many motion plastics® ideas being realised for 2015, reducing costs and improving technology. With your further wishes, this will be a technically inspiring new year.>>> Your wish list for 2015

On behalf of all igus® employees, we wish you happy holidays, a happy new year and the best of luck in all your projects.

Warm regards

Frank Blase

“Call me or send me an email with your ideas for igus®, or if you have problems that we haven’t solved till now.”
Frank Blase
Managing Director, igus® GmbH
Tel.: 02203-9649-118

Your wish list for 2015

Christmas wish list

Christmas wish list
We are asking you this year, as we have for many years, about your wishes, suggestions and criticisms. This isn’t just about product requirements. Have we disappointed you, or not kept a promise, in 2014? Do you have suggestions for improvements to the catalogue, the website, service, etc.? Simply write your requests on the wish list – each wish will be personally answered.
>>> Go to the Christmas wish list

Your top 10 new products in 2014


1st place
Quiet, fast and low-abrasion – e-chain® for fast gantries, cranes, machine tools and chains up to 800 m.



2nd place
Connect without tools in seconds – plug-in, complete energy chain system®



3rd place
The first tribo-filament for 3D printing in the world – up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than conventional 3D printing materials.



4th place
Automatic coupling of e-chainsystems® on cranes (RTGs)



5th place
Up to five times longer service life – high-helix thread , nut and lead screw using “dryspin® technology”


tribo tape

6th place
Highly wear-resistant tribo-tape made of iglidur® V400, temperatures up to 200 °C


E4.1 light

7th place
30% lighter* and highly dynamic – E4.1 light e-chain®



8th place
chainflex® M – up to 40% less expensive – complete range of control cables up to bus cables, with UL approval



9th place
drylin® SQE low-cost automation lifting and swivelling unit
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drylin® E

10th place
Linear technology complete solutions from stock – one- and two-axis systems, lubricant-free and low cost

Top 25

Moving on to your “Top 25” and all the new items** in 2014Discover here…

Where is igus® hiding?


Snowboard-like appliance
This device is moved like a snowboard, but uses two skis instead of a single board. It must be small and light enough, but must withstand cold and wet environmental conditions. iglidur® J bearings are used in control cables for axially controlled movements.

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*We are recruiting: Project Engineer Sales Support*

Project Engineering Sales Support, Northampton

To support the engineering sales team with pro-active sales, administrative & project co-ordination tasks. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with a polite and friendly approach to work; have a strong personality with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, a confident decision maker and have a keen eye for detail. This role is going to suit someone confident that wants to work in a creative technical sales environment and where the job will constantly evolve.  A flexible & open mind will be a key attribute.

Mainly office based but with occasional UK wide travel, including occasional overnight stays away.  Some electro-mechanical engineering knowledge and/or qualification within this field is essential.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Pro-active sales
  • Technical sales support
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  • Working with CAD systems and understanding drawings.
  • Co-ordinating project timing & delivery schedules.
  • Liaising with various departments within the UK & Europe.
  • Liaising with sub-contractors.
  • Installation support.
  • Liaising with customers via telephone, e mail and in person.
  • Dealing with incoming enquiries and existing projects.
  • Dealing with suppliers.
  • Quality Assurance checks on engineered parts.
  • Compiling installation method statements.

Starting salary £17,000 + performance bonuses

For more information please contact Mark Smith on 07767 257343 or email

iglidur on tour reaches Swiss air

“Hey, let’s do the press conference on top of the Schilthorn which is about 3000 m high.” “Ok, but how do we get the iglidur®-car there?” “Hmm … How about a Helicopter?” “Helicopter?” “Yes, Helicopter!” … No sooner said than done!

The iglidur®-car arrives at the platform in 3000 m above sea level.

Due to the wind, our car lost its front lid during the flight. Ok, that happens sometimes … Nevertheless, all the bearings are still where they are supposed to be.

No front lid but still all bearings!

Both Swiss journalists and members of igus® Switzerland participated and were fascinated by location and the event.

igus® Switzerland as well as Swiss journalists were part of this historic event.

Of course, the dry-tech®-box joined us and saw the beautiful landscape above the fog as well.

Dizzy height but no problem for the dry-tech®-box.

We took a step off the path …

“Tour de France” comes to a close

“Tour de France” came to a close with the last two customer visits. Before we had lunch, we ate an appetizer – the second and smaller cake. Afterwards, we said goodbye to our French colleagues and left towards our last stop in France, Strasbourg. With a hot vine or “vin chaud”, we called it a day…

Strasbourg, “Place Kleber” – The Christmas tree is 30 m high and weights over 7 t.

“Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg” is the sixth-tallest church and it took over 400 years to complete the construction.


Iglidur on tour visited a customer who develops electric motorcycles using iglidur®-bearings. Afterwards, we drove to Monaco …

Driving through Monaco

We drove to the harbor of Monaco and took a photo of our iglidur®-car.

The iglidur®-car with Monaco in the back

It was rainy and windy. Nevertheless, in the afternoon the rain stopped and we discovered the city together with the dry-tech®-box

The dry-tech®-box has a look at the harbor.

After a long day, we left the South of France, heading north towards our hotel in Gap and arrived after 2 1/2 h.

Our iglidur®-car made it to the final spot for today.

Let’s call it a day..

Video of the Week – considering the lengths of linear tables

A new video by polymer expert igus® explains what limits the length of its drylin® linear module’s leadscrew. Designed for axial movement, the leadscrew should have a clearance between it and the nut – this ensures reliability and quiet operation. When the clearance between the nut and leadscrew increases, the leadscrew begins to sag. This has negative effects on the operation as it causes increased friction, creating excess noise and wear, leading to premature failure.

Video of the Week – considering the lengths of linear tablesIn the ‘Drive Technology’ section of igus’ catalogue users will find details on the maximum stroke length for different size leadscrews. Specialised options are available to fit the customer’s needs, should they exceed the standard maximum length.

To watch a short video on length limitations for leadscrews please follow this To keep up to date with igus® new online training centre platform, visit