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Drone in a box – Could you modify your drone?

Drone in a box is the new necessity of 2021. As drones grow in popularity, whether they stay around is still to be seen, however for now, they are here, and they are actually quite impressive when used correctly. In January 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the first fully autonomous commercial drone flights. There are still significant restrictions on these flights but if all rules and regulations are adhered to, there are so many ways that drones could be used.

Drone in a box

drone in a box

One step further into drone development is the new “drone in a box”. This concept was designed as a station for take-off and landing, recharging and to contain the control software. This self-contained box allows the drone to fly automatically and autonomously, and with the help of igus® products this is lubrication- free, low maintenance and cost- effective.

What features do drones and the drone in a box need?

These lightweight drones demand lightweight products. It is also imperative that any products used in retrofitting within the drone or the box are corrosion- free and weather- resistant. Being open to the elements means that any corrosion can be detrimental to both the drone and the box.

Elements on the box

elements of drone in a box

The box operates an open and closing mechanism to allow the drone in and out of the box. This cover is operated using high helix leadscrews with matching leadscrew nuts. To keep the leadscrews in their position, the box is fitted using the igubal® 2-hole fixed flange bearings.

To raise and lower the landing platform drylin® linear guides are used with a leadscrew axis. This allows an accurate positioning and smooth movement. Linked with the mini E2 energy chain to protect the cables, the movement is effortless. With the Robolink® worm gear and low-cost robot, the batteries are autonomously replaced.

Modify your drone

Drones are controlled remotely by either a smartphone or a remote control. There is only a certain level of control the operator can have of something that is hundreds of  metres up in the air, so crashes occur! Drones get broken and the parts can be expensive.

igus® lubrication- free polymer bearings are ideal when you need to replace broken bearings within the drone. They are lightweight, can be bought individually and are in stock in the UK, so no long lead times.

There are a multitude of ways that we can help with retrofitting drones and the drone in a box.

Are these the future? We will see, but igus® will be there to provide parts when needed.

If you are interested in DIY or modifying your drone yourself, check out our DIY blogs here

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DIY van conversion; how to convert your van into a campervan

DIY van conversions are fast becoming the new trend. Escaping for the weekend with minimal effort, just grab your keys and go. However, purchasing your dream campervan can be somewhat costly, so people have started turning to DIY van conversions to help them convert old vans into campervans.

In order to convert these vans successfully, certain elements and features need to be considered:

  • Corrosion-free products
  • Weight
  • Cost
  • Cleanliness
  • Availabilty.
  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Space constraints

How can igus® help your DIY van conversion?

igus® has been producing high tech polymer products  suitable for use in mechanical engineering for over 50 years, and a key benefit of these parts is that they are designed especially to be used in moving components, sliding,  pivoting, driving, rotating, all with a consistent, lubrication- free, dry running, smooth operation.

drylin rails for your  DIY van conversion

drylin® W rails

As the most robust and diverse drylin® rail, this is ideal for sliding mechanisms within a campervan.  The size of the rail required is dependent on the load, however, with a large range of sizes there should be an off- the- shelf option available. These can be used for sliding tables or sliding beds. Without the need for lubrication, these clean rails are low maintenance and silent.

drylin® N low profile guides

The drylin® N guide rails are perfect for these small spaces on campervans. As with the drylin® W rails, they need no lubrication, are silent when operational, are easy to maintain, with many carriage options available to suit the The drylin® N guide rails are perfect for these small spaces on campervans. As with the drylin® W rails, they need no lubrication, are silent when operational, are easy to maintain and have many carriage options available to suit the application. These rails are again, used in small siding tables, drawer applications, partitions and in sliding mechanisms on windows.

PRT slewing rings

The PRT slewing ring is perfect for diy van conversions. These range from small 70mm diameter to large ones at nearly 450mm diameter. These slewing rings allow items to fully rotate smoothly and are completely maintenance- free. Again, ideal when you have restrictions on space such as a campervan. Tabletops can be rotated within the campervan to allow them to be hidden if required, or to be moved to make more space. Seating areas can also be transformed with one simple rotary movement. These slewing rings are low cost, durable, easy to install and replace!

DIY van conversion

Let us support you in your DIY van conversions

With igus®, you not only receive products that are designed to offer long life at a low cost and with no maintenance, you also receive expertise, support and experience. We can offer custom options, off- the- shelf solutions and CAD files to help with the design stage. So, if you are thinking about converting a van into a campervan or retrofitting parts for new parts, contact us today and we can help.

For more information on the full range of products suited for DIY caravan renovations click here or if you need inspiration for other DIY projects read more of our blogs click here:

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How to build a 3D printer with igus® parts

How to build a 3D printer? Owning a 3D printer is becoming more common nowadays. With igus® products, you can use ready-to-install parts such as the SLW linear module and igus® e-chains® to help build your 3D printer.

How to build a 3D printer with suitable igus® products:

How to build a 3D printer with drylin

drylin® W linear guides

The drylin® W range of rails are robust, resistant to dirt and allow for a quiet operation. With a large variety of sizes and custom lengths, this rail is the rail of choice for many people building their own 3D printer. From single rails to double, from round profile to square, these linear rails can offer the smooth gliding function required inside the 3D printer.

To find out more about drylin® W rails click here: https://www.igus.co.uk/info/linear-guides-drylin-w-overview

How to build a 3D printer with e-chain

E2 micro energy chain

E2 micro e-chains® are perfect as internal cable carriers. They are compact so ideal for space restrictions. They come as both one-piece and two-piece energy chains, are lightweight and therefore ideal for highly dynamic applications. A wide range of accessories, such as interior separation and mounting brackets, are available.

To find out more about the E2 micro range of e-chains® click here: https://www.igus.co.uk/info/energy-chains-e-chains-e2-micro

drylin® R linear slide bearing RJ4JP-01

This linear part is a direct alternative to the ball bearings found in 3D printers, matching the Japanese dimensions? exactly. These specialised parts are manufactured from iglidur® J4 material, have good media resistance, low coefficient of friction and are low cost.  To find out more about the RJ4JP-01 bearings visit: https://www.igus.co.uk/product/?artNr=RJ4JP-01-08

dryspin® leadscrews

How to build a 3D printer with leadscrews

The dryspin® lead screws are ideal for 3D printers. They are efficient, available in both stainless steel, steel and hard anodised aluminium and available in different sizes. As it is not necessary to provide external lubrication for the lead screw drives, this makes them a lot cleaner.  All of the materials we use have already been tribologically optimised and prepared for a dry run. For more information on the dryspin® range visit: https://www.igus.co.uk/info/lead-screw-units-lead-screw-units

How to build a 3D printer filament

How to build a 3D printer with igus 3D filament? We can also help you with 3D printer filament and have a large range of filaments available. All are wear-resistant and offer good coefficient of friction. We have food approved materials as well as electrostatically dissipative, so can offer materials for all applications and environments.

Need more advice on how to build a 3D printer? Visit our contact page and speak to one of our experts directly today here.

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The causes of bearing failure

bearing failure

There are numerous reasons why bearing failure occurs in applications fail; corrosion, lack of lubrication, misalignment, incorrect installation and wear to name a few. Depending where the bearings are in the application will determine what they are exposed to and, therefore, what might cause failure. Let’s look at each of the areas of potential failure:

Lack of or incorrect lubrication

Lubrication is a word used a lot in the engineering world. It can be both a positive and negative attribute in a machine. But is it necessary? Not always.

It can cause issues with grease clogging up machines and dirt and dust getting trapped. This can cause breakages and bearing failure. Sometimes, if parts are not lubricated, this too can cause issues. Metal components require lubrication to prevent them from seizing. This is when the igus® products come into their own.

How can igus® help bearing failure?

igubal® self-aligning bearings are designed with our highly engineered composite polymer materials that consist of base polymers for wear resistance, reinforcing fibres for high forces, and solid lubricants for a smooth, maintenance-free operation. They are not only insensitive to dirt and dust but are also corrosion-resistant. They can withstand shock, impact and edge loads. When you look at the properties, it is clear to see why they are replacing their metal counterparts every day!

improve bearings and avoid failure

If you need more reasons to use a polymer spherical bearing over a metal one, another key feature to this range is that the igubal® self-aligning bearings are up to 80% lighter than steel and much quieter. By switching to a polymer bearing, you can reduce your overall bearing costs by 40% without sacrificing quality! Not only that, as with all igus® products, you have the ability to calculate your igubal’s® expected service life BEFORE it’s installed. This allows you the flexibility and security of knowing you can perform maintenance procedures on your machine when it suits you as opposed to when it becomes detrimental!

Incorrect installation

The beauty of the igubal® spherical bearings is that they are simple to install and can replace like for like metal equivalents. The self-aligning bearings allow for misalignment errors. The bearing insert in the centre of the part allows the shaft to have a degree of freedom and prevents shafts from sticking. Not using lubrication means there is no grease or oil, making the part much cleaner than the metal versions and there is no corrosion! There are many industries that these bearings can be used in such as:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Wood processing
  • Brick manufacturing
  • Agricultural

Ensuring the bearings are installed correctly is crucial otherwise you may be subjected to breakdowns and bearing failure

Wear and tear

With metallic parts, they can wear easily. However with self-lubricating polymers, the wear is minimal in comparison. This corrosion can be fatal for machines and once again cause expensive breakdowns. With igus® igubal® bearings you are able to have the ability to calculate the lifetime of the bearing means you will know when it needs replacing before it does. With polymer igubal® products, the life cycle tends to be up to 8 times longer than that of a metal version. We also have intelligent industry 4.0 igubal® parts, communicating with the control panel to inform of any wear before it becomes detrimental and damaging.

igubal bearings

Go green and replace your metal spherical bearing with an igubal® one!

The igubal® bearings are more sustainable than metal versions.

Key facts for metal versions:

  • 22.7 million tonnes of lubricating oil contaminate the environment every year.
  • 75% more weight for metal versions which leads to higher energy consumption and wear of parts.
  • Billions of hours of downtime due to poor lubrication.

Now for the igubal® facts:

  • 40% cost saving.
  • 80% less weight.
  • 100% lubrication-free.

Read more blogs about igus® igubal® products here

If you have a metal spherical bearing, you should speak to us about replacing it with an igubal® one. Save yourself time and money, help the planet and avoid bearing failure! Win win.

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How can the automotive industry be improved?

automotive industry

In the automotive industry it is no secret that the demands are exceptionally high for both precision and quality. So, can leadscrew technology be used in such a highly critical industry?  Is there a place for this technology, and if so, how can it benefit the industry?

As a motion plastics specialist, we at igus®, we are not only used to the specifications required by the automotive industry, but the igus® products prove themselves time and again in this demanding environment.

Here are few key challenges facing the automotive industry and how igus® dryspin can help:

Competition

There has always been and always will be competition, but with this ever-growing market and with greater consumer expectation, the competition is fiercer than ever before. Competition in technology, price, quality and efficiency, whilst maintaining sustainability, are all areas that allow products such as iglidur® plain bearings, drylin® linear slides and dryspin leadscrews to come into their own.

By switching from metal to a high-performance polymer solution, customers are not only saving money but are reducing weight and eliminating the requirement for lubrication.

With dryspin technology, the special patented high helix thread design was developed to offer advantages against conventional high helix threads. With higher efficiency, lower wear and by optimising this combination with the correct igus polymer nut, these products are being used more and more in the automotive industry. Eliminating lubrication is a massive advantage for this industry. The quiet operation, reducing weight and minimising wear all contribute to a better performing vehicle, noise reduction is especially important now that the world of quiet electrification is taking over.

Advancements in technology

This is a blessing and a curse. We live in a world where technology is moving faster all the time, so keeping up with the times is paramount. The automotive industry is no exception. With the likes of fast charging, increasingly more digital technology required for safety features and autonomous driving, there is a demand for high- end products offered as a cost saving.

leadscrew in the automotive industry

With the advantages of dryspin technology, the automotive industry is using these parts in areas such as actuators, fast charging points, spoilers and seat adjustments. Areas where installation space is a constraint or where uncomplicated integration into the vehicle assembly is required.

Flexibility

Another key element of working with the automotive industry is the requirement for flexibility. Many of the applications are niche and bespoke and with the leadscrew configurator allowing designers to specify the leadscrew, select the matching polymer nut and add any machining required, it allows the customer to be in control of their designs with very little constraints.

So back to the question, where can leadscrew technology be used in the automotive industry? Anywhere, yes. When you look at the design freedom, the multitude of material options and choosing igus® dryspin® products, the efficiency, the weight reduction and cost savings, it is an easy choice for the automotive industry.  

For a further insight on how to reduce cost, noise and weight within automotive interiors visit this blog; blog.igus.co.uk/how-to-reduce-cost-noise-and-weight-within-automotive-interiors/

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Large scale 3D printers. How big can I 3D print?

Think big, print big with the igus® 3D printing service

igus large scale 3D printers

3D printing is larger than you think and with large scale 3D printers you can even print a boat! The largest 3D printed boat was an enormous 7.62 metres in length and weighs 2.2 tons.

At igus® we have been 3D printing parts for years, however, even we had restrictions! Our new 3D printing service is large scale 3D printers, opening doors which were shut to us before. The large-format 3D printer is able to manufacture components up to 3m in a single printing process! No need for joins anymore.

Another benefit of getting your parts printed in igus® filaments, is that the high wear and abrasion resistance is up to 50 times greater than the standard 3D printing filaments. This allows the components to be 3D printed and used as wearing, moving parts within applications!

A few key points on large scale 3D printers printing large components:

  • Up to 80% lighter in weight than machined components.
  • We have a food grade material, so can 3D print large components for the food industry.
  • Extensively tested.
  • 50 times higher abrasion resistance than standard 3D printed filaments.
  • Standard lead times are approx. 3-4 weeks.
  • Ability to modify and rework sliding services.
  • Even more design freedom.
How big can large scale 3D printers print

The benefits of the large scale 3D printers service are that it is exactly that, a service! We can consult with customers about the best materials for their application, best methods of production and can advise on any modifications that can be made to make the part lighter and cheaper!! This can therefore be used as an alternative to machining but with benefits such a reduced weight!

No idea on where to start?

Don’t panic if you do not have experience with large scale 3D printers products. We have the potential to look at your design and suggest ways of making the part stronger, more cost- effective and more precise. This means you can make large quantities of these BIG parts at a fraction of the cost of non-additive manufacturing methods.  

Want to know more about 3D printing at igus®? Read our frequently asked questions here.

So, how can you make large scale 3D printers even better?

Make them smart! With sensors integrated within the 3D part, the part becomes an intelligent component! The sensors can report wear and ensure that a replacement is made before a failure occurs! This saves customers expensive machine downtime and combined with large scale 3D printing, getting your machines to work more productively and efficiently has never been easier!

If you would like to have a consultation about large scale 3D component parts, please contact Dean Aylott.

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Bend radius calculator for energy chains

bend radius calculator

Do I need a bend radius calculator? Calculating the bend radius for a cable management system can be a daunting task, but ensuring you choose correctly to maximise the service life of your cables is paramount.

We get asked a lot, “Do you have a bend radius calculator?” or “How do you measure the bend radius?”  So, let’s look at answering those questions for you.

One of the most crucial factors in specifying the right energy chain system or cable carrier, as it is sometimes referred to, is ensuring you select the correct bend radius for the cables being carried. It is important to note that the bend radius of the energy chain should be larger than the minimum bend radius of the cables and media that make up the filling. There are exceptions to that rule, such as applications with space restrictions, but it must be recognised that this will reduce the service life of the services significantly.

A bend radius calculator step by step:

  • All energy chain systems have multiple bending radii to choose from and every manufacturer should suggest a minimum bend radius. The bending radius chosen for the energy chain will depend on the largest diameter for either the cable or hose. But why do manufacturers suggest this?  By selecting a larger bend radius than required, this will extend the lifespan of the cables and hoses.
  • Never exceed the manufacturer’s suggested minimum bend radius. Just don’t!
  • As mentioned previously, the larger the bend radius, the less stress is put on the cables and hoses, which will ensure longer service life.
  • Consider temperatures. The minimum bending radius is partly based on a temperature range for flexing; therefore, consideration is required with special environments and applications where temperatures exceed the recommendation for the cable. The same applies to extremely low temperatures. For these low-temperature applications, the cables tend to stiffen and become brittle when exposed to the cold, leading to mechanical failures.
  • Ensure the energy chain system is being fitted with the correct matching dynamic cables for your application.  
  • If the application has a space restriction, the bend radius of the energy chain system may need to be smaller than that of the recommended minimum bend radius. Again, referring to previous statements, this is far from ideal but occasionally it cannot be avoided. In these special circumstances, we would recommend using cables specially designed for low-bend radius installations or consult your cable carrier manufacturer for the best solution.
  • Remember this is a dynamic bend radius; many cable and hose makers quote what is actually a static radius.  As soon as the service is being moved dynamically, fatigue can set in and therefore the dynamic radius is typically larger (igus® cables are quoted as dynamic radius for millions of cycles).

So how do you measure or define the bend radius of an energy chain?

The bend radius is defined by a point in the space at the centre and is measured to the centreline of the e-chain® (see diagram).  The reason the centreline is used is that this is where the cables and hoses sit and therefore can be matched to the recommended minimums suggested by the cable manufacturer.

calculate bend radius

In most cases the minimum bend radius is expressed as a factor times the outer diameter of the service (e.g. for chainflex cables this can be from 12.5xd to as low as 4xd for our special cables).

Still not sure on the bend radius calculator? Speak to your local engineer or contact an igus® contact in the office and they will help you.

We have gathered our frequently asked questions about energy chains on one page, if you have more queries click here to find answers.

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Which is better, 3D printing or CNC machining?

The age-old question, “Which is better, 3D printing or CNC machining?” I have asked each product manager 5 questions. Each igus product group is covered by a manager, Dean Aylott (DA) is the 3D printing Product Manager and Alan Hicks (AH) is the Product Manager for stock materials.

Let’s see how the answers differ when asked which is better 3D printing or CNC machining?

If a customer wants a custom part, how do they choose between 3D printing or CNC machining?

DA: Great opening question…. So, I would typically need to know a little bit more about the application. What are the loads, speeds and environmental implications? What is the part doing and where is it located? From there I can look at a material choice to best suit the application which may or may not rule out or point to a specific additive manufacturing method. FDM, SLS or moulded. Sometimes a material requirement is such that moulding or machining from bar and plate is required. We cannot print all igus® materials in the same way as they cannot be extruded

AH:”I agree, great question. Choosing a manufacturing process between 3D printing or CNC machining really depends on the size and complexity of the part. As a general guide, considering costs and lead times tend to be the main factors in making the decision.”

3D printing or CNC machining

Is 3D printing or CNC machining better for prototypes?

AH: “In some cases, yes, unless there are areas within the designed part that are not possible to be produced by a 3D printing method. Although 3D printing is usually a more cost-effective option, there are a few occasions when the machined parts can be more cost effective, so it’s always worth exploring both options. At igus® we would do this anyway to ensure our customers receive the best price and most suitable material along with the best production process for their application and parts.”

DA: “I would argue in most cases, yes. For me, print is quicker, more flexible in our approach and lower cost for low volumes. The exceptions would be where a specific material is required that we can’t print with. Something new is the igus® ‘large scale’ 3D print service where we can now print parts up to 3m long and not far from that in diameter. I’m yet to see that size of stock bar and plate from any supplier in the manufacturing industry, let alone igus. My latest favourite phrase is ‘Think Big – Print Big’. “

What are the benefits of CNC machining custom parts over 3D?

DA: “A larger range of igus® materials can be machined and not printed.”

AH:There are multiple reasons why CNC machining could take preference over 3D printing, such as:

  • More iglidur® materials available to choose from.
  • Higher dimensional accuracy can be achieved and therefore better precision.
  •  Bar stock materials can have their lifetime calculated for application suitability.
  • The bar stock range of products is not size limited and larger sized parts can be produced.

And that is to name just a few benefits of CNC machining over 3D print.”

Applications for 3D printing or CNC machining

What applications for either 3D printing or CNC machining from stock material would benefit the customer rather than moulding?

AH: “Again, there are lots of benefits to choosing CNC machining over moulding which are highlighted in my previous answers. However, the downside is there can be wastage of material when machining the parts. 3D printing has no such waste and moulding produces little waste also.

DA: “Yeah sure, so for small batch production then printing and machining are way more cost- effective than even a simple single cavity tool, but of course, after a certain quantity, that tipping point gets reached. 3D printing has the benefit of taking parts that can be moulded and not machined, and even parts that can’t be moulded or machined and making them a possibility.

What are the 3 top advantages of either 3D printing or CNC machining?

DA: “In regard to 3D printing…..

  1. Complete design fluidity without worry of complex shapes and radius.
  2.  Low cost offerings even for a low volume.
  3. Less waste as it’s an additive manufacturing process rather than reductive.

Something I feel strongly about.”

AH: So let me give you my top 3 for machining then:

  1. Machining from bar stock could be a better option if the material required for specialist applications is not available in 3D print, or if there are special features that cannot be achieved in 3D printing.
  2. Bar stock can be sold directly to the customer, off the shelf within 24 hours, so they can machine in- house and make alterations quicker if required.
  3. The finish of the CNC machined parts can be considerably better if aesthetics is an issue.”

Read what’s new for bar stock at igus here: blog.igus.co.uk/bar-stock-material-whats-new-at-igus/

3D printing or CNC machining? I think it is safe to say that having both options of manufacturing custom parts allows our customers to have the flexibility,  speed and confidence they need to ensure the parts they receive or produce are going to be “plastics for longer life”.

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What does drylin® now offer online?

Vast websites can be a confusing black hole, and with so many products now in the igus® standard range, we are always aiming to make finding the most suitable product for every application as simple as possible.

We have been working tirelessly at making improvements to the website and hopefully the new drylin® pages reflect that.

So, what does drylin® now offer online?

drylin offer online

Clarity:

A consistent layout, clear imagery and succinct text, the drylin® pages are now easier to use. Not only are they more concise, they allow customers who don’t know our products to scroll through and navigate without confusion. It shows different options, it flows in an understandable manner and is less complicated.

Overview:

We have made the overview page more simple and less cluttered. It has links to the latest press releases, blogs and videos of the week that are relevant to drylin® products, again making the journey cleaner for the customer.

It is easy on the eye, with all the images, text and buttons all in the same format.

online tools

We offer online configuration tools:

We have incorporated the various configuration tools into a streamlined banner, making it recognisable and consistent on all the pages. These tools, as with all the configuration tools are not only free but allow you to calculate and evaluate the most suitable products for your application.

Frequently asked questions:

We offer online FAQs

drylin® is so vast that there is always a lot of questions surrounding the different products. Each page has three key FAQ’s and a link to a huge range of others. Allowing you to find the answers you need quickly, of course, when clarification is needed there is always a real person at the end of a phone to help. Read our FAQs here.

Making ordering easier:

Making the navigation and the experience easier for the customer is key. We want the process to be as streamline as possible, with more people using the online service to order their parts, and finding the parts you need is the first step in this system.

We still have a long way to go but we are making leaps and bounds in what we offer online, so go and check out the new drylin® page https://www.igus.co.uk/info/linear-guides-linear-guides and we welcome any feedback you have!

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Litter picking around the UK

The igus® big spring clean!

We’ve started the igus litter pick! Green company incentives are so important for everyone and every company that has these incentives is working hard to ensure they are being fulfilled. Ensuring that we are aware of our carbon footprint and lowering the impact we have on the planet where we can, is vital.

Around Northamptonshire there are a variety of organisations that are getting communities to come together to help tackle the ever growing sea of discarded litter. During the pandemic, the number of face masks that have been cast away on the side of the road is disgusting and as a nation we should be ashamed of ourselves. So, using that anger that we all feel when we see this rubbish, we decided as a company to try and do something about it.

We have many green incentives at igus® such as the chainge programme (read more here: https://blog.igus.co.uk/recycle-plastic-energy-chain/) where we are starting to make a contribution towards the reduction of plastic waste and the improvement of recycling in industry. But to be honest, it simply isn’t going far enough. As individuals we all need to be doing more and as a collective, we can do more!

As a company, there are even more things that igus® is doing with green incentives, reducing water waste, reducing offcut waste and recycling into further polymer parts. However, individually some of us wanted to see the impact we could make, so we embarked on a little project.

The most recent event that we have taken part in is the igus® big spring clean. As a company, we wanted to do something to help clean up our surroundings, so we enlisted the help of some of our engineers up and down the UK and we organised various litter picking expeditions around their local areas.

We collaborated with the Brackmills BID “give back” scheme, which is dedicated  to cleaning up Brackmills, in anyway it can, with the help of all the local businesses.

The litter pick across the UK.

igus spring clean litter pick

A few Saturdays ago, small groups met up at the UK headquarters on Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton  to do the litter picks in a COVID secure manner. We collected over 10 bags of rubbish in a 2-hour stint, all in close proximity to the office. It was heart-breaking to see the amount of rubbish that had been discarded in hedges, thrown in bushes and some simply abandoned on the side of the road.

As you can see, we even managed to rope some of the youth in!

Dan Mole, the dry-tech engineer for the North East took his son out litter picking, one of our younger volunteers at the tender age of 3!

litter pick

I also took my son out around the countryside in Northampton to help out with the spring clean. At nearly 12 years old, I was anticipating some reluctance, however, I was pleasantly surprised that he thought it was a great idea!! Ensuring that the younger generation is aware and engaged with the situation around climate change is the key to ensuring the future of the planet remains just that, the future.

As a company, we will continue to do ‘spring’ clean regularly, up and down the country, in a bid to help towards a better and cleaner future for our younger generation.

Recycling has always been an important topic at igus® as we are aware plastic is a much-discussed material within the sustainability conversation. We know that high-performance plastics can make a contribution to the protection of resources and the environment and we have made this a focus with our long service life products. Read more about sustainability at igus here.

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