Issue 02/2020

Editor Matthew Aldridge writes:

Recently, I have been involved with the tendering process of some potential new software at igus®, not my usual circle of work! I was very surprised to see that the salespeople who came in, trying to sell us their vision of a digital future, were all, without exception, using notebooks and pens! Now, I make no judgement at all on using conventional writing equipment, each to their own, but surely if an idea is being promoted, then it should at least be demonstrated? It was nice to see red faces all round when I pointed this out on each occasion. 

Those of you who have been to igus® recently would have seen our new automated cable assembly line (and those of you who have not, then come and see it, you are welcome!), part of this new process is a conveyor, which uses xiros® conveyor rollers, working without lubrication while giving a significant cost saving. Try igus® parts for yourself! If you have moving parts on your machine, then it is likely that we can save you time and money. Throughout 2020 my offer of samples 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.

Best wishes

Matthew Aldridge

P.S.: Covid-19: Currently igus® is able to deliver on time. Slight delays to be expected on the Chinese Mainland. Click here for more information on our delivery times, stock levels and precautionary measures.

The time for innovation is now

Now is the best time for innovation. Now is the time for new, even better machines. igus® motion plastics® help you to improve your technical equipment and reduce costs at the same time.

Improve technical equipment with innovative energy chains such as the E4Q system – Filling up to 40% faster as no tools required, combined with greater stability, lower weight and quieter operation*. Here are all the details of the improvements

Reduce costs with the most cost-effective cable for your application – Choose a low price or a cable for high technical requirements. Whatever option you go for, we give you a 36-month guarantee on your cable**.
Do the chainflex® price check now

Reduce costs with dryspin® technology – up to 25% longer service life and up to 25% less wear compared to commercially available high helix threads.
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Use innovation time now

Up to 40% faster filling, 20% more stability and 10% less weight compared to the E4.1 series | 17 dB(A) quieter than the 4040C series.

Up to 25% longer service life, and up to 25% less wear compared to commercially available high helix threads.

We support you in the design phase with free samples for your prototype. Simply click on “Individual sample” on the order form.

motion plastics® in application

Repair and inspection work even when it is raining or snowing
The rotor blades of wind turbines are exposed to extreme conditions. This completely enclosed maintenance platform enables safe maintenance work. This is also ensured by flexible cables for movement, energy chains and plain bearing solutions.

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motion plastics® news

Cost-effective retraction system – new ø 85mm size now available
Specially tailor-made for robots with an average to high payload. Offers the option to avoid looping in the working range of the robot by keeping the e-chain® as compact as possible on the robot arm.

triflex® RSEL

Energy supply system for statically installed cables
The trough clip is a cable guide for fixed installation of cables on the outside of an aluminium SuperTrough. For centre fixed
e-chains®, the cable filling in the chain can therefore simply be routed to the fixed point on the outside of the trough. Simply clip into the groove of the trough.

Trough clip

Ready to connect for the 7th robot axis
Quickly save costs with ready-to-connect cables for robots, for instance, FANUC, KUKA and ABB. Gusset-filling extruded jacket developed for an extremely long service life in e-chains®. Electrical properties in line with the manufacturer’s specifications.

readycable® ready to ship in as little as 24 hours

Rod end bearings for contact with food
Detectable materials suitable for use with food in accordance with FDA and EU 10/2011. Now also available as a fixed flange bearing with two mounting holes or as rod end bearings in dimensional series K and dimensional series E in accordance with DIN ISO 12240.

Suitable for use with food igubal® spherical bearings
Suitable for use with food igubal® fixed flange bearings

Lead screw motors for small installation spaces – ready to ship within 24 hours
Save up to 40% space due to compact design. Considerably shorter, lighter and more cost-effective series.

drylin® E lead screw stepper motors

ROIBOT competition of ideas 2019/2020

This year, we are again looking for your creative and exciting ideas.

Show us how you would automate processes with the help of cost-effective robot technology (or have already done so) in order to save time and money. The imagination knows no bounds!

A prize of €5,000 and an invitation to the prize-giving ceremony at Automatica in Munich awaits the winner.

Find out more and take part

Insights from the igus® lab

80% less sag
How do the unsupported igus® e-chains® of the E2.15 and 08 series differ from each other under load? In order to answer this question, the two
e-chains® were each subjected to a load of 1 kg per metre in the igus® laboratory. The more stable E2.15 e-chain® demonstrated its advantages impressively.

See the test results here

Up to 25% longer service life
In order to be able to make a precise statement about the new dryspin® size, namely Ds10x3, we tested it in our own laboratory against the geometries of competitors’ products and the TR10x3 trapezoidal thread for 630,000 cycles.

See the test results here

Where is igus® hiding?

The lightest hydraulic disc brake 
Precise control of the force with which the brake is applied is the most important function of modern disc brakes. At the heart of the lever mechanism, there is a very short master piston made of precise CNC-turned iglidur® J material. Good stability under pressure, very low wear, low weight and extremely low coefficient of friction in the housing.

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++ Green News ++ Green News ++ Green News ++

++ Recycling of energy chains started ++
1.2 metric tons of old chains have already been recycled. Previously, it was only possible to return igus® material to the production cycle. We are looking forward to more (also other companies’ chains).

Take part

++ Environmental audit ISO14001 on the home stretch ++
The first audit has been carried out successfully. Follow-up audit in April.

See motion plastics® at these trade shows

Please note that in the current situation, the trade show dates can change daily.

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

Hannover Messe
13 – 17.07.20

04 – 08.05.20

07 – 13.05.20

Your personal cost reducer and technology improver on site

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

01604 677240


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