Issue 01/2020

Editor Matthew Aldridge writes:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Happy new year and new decade to all newsletter readers!

Perhaps like me you made a list of new years resolutions, which is already looking a little too long. When I was at school, a wise person gave me some sound advice on writing lists; put down everything you know then “etc.” at the end, the reader will then assume you know more than you do. I still use this trick to this day! Anyway, no matter what other resolutions you may have, resolve one more thing for 2020; improve the life of your machine while saving money! Throughout 2020 my offer still stands, so 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 money. You are also always welcome to visit us in Northampton!

If you use e-chain® in your machines, please enter the Vector award where you can win up to 5000 euros prize money

Find out about the vector award here

To all Irish readers: we will have a stand once again at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Exhibition, at the Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin, 29th and 30th January. We will have the latest products on display as well as demonstration machines, come and visit us, we will be serving drinks and light refreshments all day, every day. Details of the exhibition here

Best wishes

Matthew Aldridge

Your top new products from last year

and your product wishes for 2020

The web statistics have been evaluated and your 12 most popular new motion plastic® products in 2019 have been decided.

In top place again: smart products that measure wear and enable predictive maintenance.

P.S.: Many thanks for your product wishes for 2020. We are thrilled that you see so much potential in motion plastics® and are curious as to which of them will be included in the ranking of new products in 2020.

These were your top products in 2019*

* The sequence is based on the overall evaluations of your clicks

smart plastics
Predictive maintenance with intelligent components.
Ask us about a project

iglidur® isense 
Plain bearings measure wear and indicate the need for replacement at an early stage.
Watch the video

4-axis or 5-axis robot arm with or without integrated control system: RL-DP.
Technical details

drylin® ZLN-40
Cost-effective, space-saving econ toothed belt axis. Height only 27mm.
Delivery service from 48 hrs

e-spool® flex
The igus® version of a cable drum. Continuous panel feed.

drylin® SLNV
Very narrow motor axis based on drylin® pre-load prism slide.
Purchase online

robolink® Apiro®
An articulated joint construction kit for a wide variety of kinematics. New in size 20.
Technical details

Hybrid energy chain YE
The best combination of lightweight plastic and structurally stable steel.
All the advantages

drylin® Q ASDJ

Sliding plates for cost-effective guidance in lifting columns.
Adjustable clearance

e-skin® flat
Especially compact,
modular design. Flat, openable, flexible filling possible.
Free sample

Modular system, openable and closable. Substitute for service loops.
Ask about a project

drylin® GRR
Lightweight Z-axis with direct drive via rack. Strokes up to 750mm. Technical details

Lower life cycle costs significantly with the right cable

What stress is to be expected onsite? Which type of movement is required here? What speeds and accelerations are expected?

This white paper helps you to understand all the important parameters and choose the appropriate cable for your application.

Request the white paper free of charge here

motion plastics® in application

No more cabling work
The innovative energy chain arrangement of this automation solution enables a very space-saving set-up. The small bend radius needed because of the narrow installation situation is possible over the entire desired service life without any problems occurring. The chain and cables in the form of a pre-harnessed readychain® system saves days of valuable installation time.

Find out more

Plastic made into oil again

Recycling plastic waste in 20 minutes with an acceptable use of energy. This is possible with the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor technology (abbreviated: Cat-HTR). We are investing 4.7 million euros in Mura Technology, which will put the first commercial Cat-HTR plant into operation.

Find out more about the technology here

Picture: Steve Mahon, Mura Technology, Frank Blase, igus® GmbH, Oliver Borek, Mura Deutschland.

vector award 2020

Competition for audacious energy supply solutions with cables – Participation is possible up to 28.2.2020!
We are looking for your application which is characterised by technical and economic efficiency as well as audacious creativity. Have you successfully created an interesting application with plastic and/or are combining it with the latest technologies from igus® for predictive maintenance (smart plastics)?
If yes, you can now take part in the vector award and win up to €5,000.

The vector award is a worldwide joint initiative launched by igus®. The winners will be selected by an expert jury composed of members from the fields of science, specialist media and associations and will be awarded at the 2020 Hannover Trade Show. (20th April 2020-24th April 2020).

Register now and win €5,000

Insights from the igus® lab

74% stronger crossbars
A test was carried out with the 1400 e-chain® series in the company’s test laboratory in order to measure the force needed to pull out the crossbars with and without the reinforcement provided by the igus® locks.

To the test report

Plain bearings used over a test distance of 2,560km 
25 different high-performance polymers were tested in combination with carbon fibre shafts to find out which is the best combination in terms of the coefficient of wear. The result: iglidur® J260 is most suitable for these shafts.

To the test report

Where is igus® hiding?

Monoskibob: skiing in a sitting position
The users are mainly people who use a wheelchair in their everyday lives. A mechanism with dampening elements underneath the bucket seat enables proper driving techniques from the Downhill-Bike-Sport as well as the use of tow lifts and chair lifts. iglidur® bearings are in their element here.

Find out more about this application

See motion plastics® at these trade shows

Trade show calendar: Make an appointment and request a free entrance ticket

Southern Manufacturing
Farnborough, Guilford
11 – 13.02.20

16 – 20.02.20

10 – 12.03.20

Hannover Messe
20 – 24.04.20

Your personal cost reducer and technology improver on site

All dry-tech® and e-chain® enquiries welcome

01604 677240


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