Issue 10/2019

Editor Matthew Aldridge writes:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Autumn is here and the UK engineering exhibition season starts with Advanced Engineering, again at the NEC, on 30th and 31st October 2019. You will find igus® on stand H8, where we plan to have all 2019 new products on show and VR headsets where you can fly through the igus® factory. As always, we will have engineers on hand to talk you through the products, and we will be serving drinks and light refreshments all day.

The facilities at the NEC now include the new style hand dryers where you put your hands into an opening, moving your arms up and down. I am not convinced that this is really a step forward, the units always seem a little unhygienic to me. The simpler and cheaper air blower is my preferred dryer. When you visit the igus® stand, either before or after using the dryers, you can be sure that igus® products are providing a technical benefit while saving money. If you make machines and would like to test this, 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!

Yours sincerely

Matthew Aldridge

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How iglidur® plain bearings save 90% of costs
Short cleaning cycles and aggressive cleaning agents washed lubricants out of the guides in this filling system. They were completely replaced every three weeks. Since iglidur® bearings (which cost 90% less) have been used, there have been no more faults or loss of production.

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motion plastics® innovations this autumn

Tiny & clean
Energy supply that fits into the most compact installation spaces. Small bend radius, modular attachment, adjustable width. The individual chambers can be opened and closed with a zipper closure. Cleanroom class 1.

e-skin® flat

True Low Cost Automation
New delta robots with installation space of up to 660mm. Pick rate of max. 30/min. Build it yourself from an assembly kit in 30 minutes or buy it pre-assembled. Very cost-effective for a quick ROI. Available with user-friendly D1 dryve motor control system (optional).

drylin® delta robots

Print durable gears yourself to save costs
Have the right gears created quickly and cost-effectively with 3D printing?

There are also many innovations in the 3D printing service, such as wall thickness analysis for ideal printing results.

3D printing service

Twice the torsion angle with a guarantee*
Bus cable with twice the torsion angle (±360°/m) and guaranteed service life. Tested in the igus® laboratory in real applications. For heavy-duty use in such areas as robotics applications.

chainflex® CFRobot8.PLUS

Reduced maintenance costs 
Predictive maintenance for slewing ring bearings. The sensor measures sliding element abrasion and gives timely replacement recommendations. This avoids unplanned downtime and increases system efficiency.

smart plastics PRT wear measurement

White paper: energy chains vs. motor cable drums

About the advantages and disadvantages of both energy supply systems in the industry

Whenever design engineers have to lay hoses and power and data cables in moving applications with long travel distances (more than 100 metres), the question arises: which energy supply system is the most efficient, considering such characteristics as reliability, maintainability, and future security? A motor cable drum? Or an energy chain? The advantages and disadvantages of both systems.

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igus® test lab provides immediate savings help

Find the most cost-effective cable that is guaranteed to function
Intensive testing in the igus® lab allows the service life of igus® chainflex® cables to be calculated precisely. We have seven jacket qualities, so we can always offer the cable that suits your application precisely. With 36 months guarantee* and the best price always.

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Where is igus® hiding?

In a digital accelerator
Motorists with disabilities benefit from this digital accelerator. It allows you to accelerate with your hands on the steering wheel. The ring consists of over 200 identical parts that slide over the flattened steel ring. Manufactured with 3D printing from iglidur® I3. Winner of the bronze manus® 2019 award.

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See motion plastics® at these trade shows

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

K 2019
16 – 23.10.19

Advanced Engineering
30 – 31.10.19

10 – 16.11.19

12 – 14.11.19

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