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Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2017

Messe Stutgart, Germany

28/03/2017 - 30/03/2017

As the world’s leading exhibition for the fastener and fixing industry Fastener Fair Stuttgart (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

04/04/2017 - 05/04/2017

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)

27/04/2017(09:00)

The new Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition gives you insight into the latest developments in (more)

PPMA 2017 Show

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

26/09/2017 - 28/09/2017

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? VisitAre you involved in the buying, financing or maintaining of machinery? If so (more)

Igus (UK) Ltd

Igus is the largest producer of polymer energy chains and bearings. Energy chains house and protect moving cables over long and short distances at high speeds in all axes. The bearings incorporate maintenance free plain, spherical and linear ranges, for which igus can predict the precise lifetime using test data. “Chainflex” flexible cables can handle tight bending radii in dynamic applications. They include control, robot, motor, data and servo cables.

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News from Igus (UK) Ltd

Igus announces introduction of online chat supportIgus announces introduction of online chat support

Further enhancing its customer service, motion plastics specialist Igus launches LiveChat. The online service, which is available Monday to Friday during regular business hours, enables customers to talk directly with igus technical advisors. “With the integration of LiveChat capabilities, (more...)

Igus embeds intelligence into motion plastics to increase plant availabilityIgus embeds intelligence into motion plastics to increase plant availability

Igus, the motion plastics specialist, has announced new technologies to enable Industry 4.0 applications - smart plastics. This evolution of its cable, energy chain and linear bearing products embeds intelligence into its motion plastics via the addition of sensing, monitoring and communications. (more...)

Bus cables for moving applicationsBus cables for moving applications

Low-end “chain-suitable” bus cables usually feature simple extruded outer jackets and open shielding, which in dynamic motion can lead to abrasion damage and interference. They also tend to have a layered design with poor guidance of conductors, resulting in lower signal quality. (more...)

Curved rails from Igus at Southern ManufacturingCurved rails from Igus at Southern Manufacturing

Like all drylin systems, the easy-to-install drylin W curved rails and self-aligning carriages do not require lubrication and therefore run maintenance-free. A pivoting spherical ball, made of the engineering plastic, iglidur J, is used to self-align the carriage for smooth, reliable movement along (more...)

Plastic plain bearings defy harsh conditions on ambulance tail liftsPlastic plain bearings defy harsh conditions on ambulance tail lifts

The Palfinger brand has become synonymous with innovation and reliability for its lifting solutions for commercial vehicle and marine applications. As a multinational company group with its headquarters in Salzburg, Austria, Palfinger has manufacturing and assembly sites in Europe, North and South (more...)

Igus expands robolink D modular kit with plastic gearingIgus expands robolink D modular kit with plastic gearing

Igus has expanded its robolink D modular kit with strainwave gearing in two sizes. The gearing, which is available as an individual component, or with an integrated NEMA17 or NEMA23 stepper motor, consists of an outer ring gear and a flexible wear-resistant inner ring gear made of iglidur (more...)

Bearing material for packaging and food applicationsBearing material for packaging and food applications

Motion plastics specialist Igus has announced that its iglidur A181 material can now be ordered online in more than 110 dimensions up to 50mm diameter, with or without flange, with no minimum order quantity. The tribopolymer meets the requirements of FDA and EC directive 10/2011, achieving low wear (more...)

Polymer bearings in the groove of the vinyl revivalPolymer bearings in the groove of the vinyl revival

The vinyl revival of recent years has opened up an interesting new market for Igus, with the company now supplying plastic bearings to Rega for use in the company’s RB220 tonearms, used with the P1 and P2 turntables. One of the lowest friction and highest accuracy bearings that Igus has ever (more...)

Igus showcases compact design solutions at Southern ManufacturingIgus showcases compact design solutions at Southern Manufacturing

At Southern Manufacturing, Igus will showcase a wide range of cost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of engineering applications. Visitors to the stand (N97) will see a several inspirational live demonstrations, including the drylin W (more...)

Igus robolink D 5-axis articulated arms now available pre-assembledIgus robolink D 5-axis articulated arms now available pre-assembled

Igus offers its robolink D 5-axis articulated arms as an assembly kit consisting of arm, motor and gearbox, or now as a ready-to-connect articulated arm, enabling machine and system builders to rapidly implement their own low-cost robotic automation systems. “Robots are taking over more and (more...)
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Igus drylin ZLW for linear robotic applicationsIgus drylin ZLW for linear robotic applications

Igus has produced a new video explaining the drylin ZLW linear robot system in more detail. This modular drive system enables engineers to design and configure their own ready-to-install linear robots with maximum flexibility. With the drylin ZLW system, machine builders can address various design (more...)

Igus introduces new polymer material optimised for railway applicationsIgus introduces new polymer material optimised for railway applications

Igus has introduced a new variant of its iglidur tribopolymer material, RW370, that complies with EU fire protection standard EN 45545 for railway vehicles. Resistant to harsh media and extremely durable, the new material is well-suited to a wide range of bearing applications within rail (more...)

Igus extends robolink with direct drive armsIgus extends robolink with direct drive arms

Igus has increased the capability of its robolink, the low-cost and easy-to-assemble modular robotics system with the introduction of direct drive arms that feature decoupled motors for optimised mass relocation. The new robolink DQ and SQ components include direct driven strainwave or worm gears, (more...)

Igus gives HudRail a helping hand in its railway challengeIgus gives HudRail a helping hand in its railway challenge

A team of undergraduate mechanical and electrical engineers from the University of Huddersfield competed in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge at the Stapleford Miniature Railway, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Up against teams of students, apprentices and (more...)
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Igus humanoid open platform robotIgus humanoid open platform robot

The Igus humanoid open platform robot, developed in conjunction with the University of Bonn, is powered by motor-driven, slewing rings. The humanoid open platform robot was developed in conjunction with Bonn’s Autonomous Intelligent Systems group, which conducts research in the areas of (more...)

Cardiff University uses Igus bearings for a smoother seasonCardiff University uses Igus bearings for a smoother season

The challenge? To design, develop, build and market a single seater racing car for the IMechE’s annual Formula Student competition. Made up of students from the School of Engineering, Cardiff Racing is currently the number one team in Wales and third in the UK. This year’s car, the CR12, (more...)

To guide and protectTo guide and protect

Choosing the right hose or cable carrier for your equipment can help prevent kinks, tangles, and other damage as machine parts extend and retract. This prevents downtime and repair costs. Justin Leonard of Igus looks into how such solutions perform under the harshest of conditions. When hydraulic (more...)

Igus to showcase Industry 4.0 solutions at Manufacturing Management ShowIgus to showcase Industry 4.0 solutions at Manufacturing Management Show

At this year’s Manufacturing Management Show, taking place 23-24th November at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Igus will showcase its next evolution for motion plastics: Industry 4.0-ready smart plastics. Comprising smart cables, energy chains and linear guides, smart plastics monitor themselves (more...)

Igus showcases robotics and linear guide solutions at Engineering Design Show 2016Igus showcases robotics and linear guide solutions at Engineering Design Show 2016

Igus is returning to the Enginering Design Show at Coventry‘s Ricoh Arena from 19th–20th October 2016, and will showcase the latest drylin linear guide systems, as well as cable management and energy supply solutions for industrial robots, on its stand, D20. Igus motion plastics are (more...)

Kolsterising meets tribopolymersKolsterising meets tribopolymers

Austenitic stainless steel shafts that have been surface hardened using the state-of-the-art kolsterising process and tribopolymer bearings make an ideal material combination that is unbeatable in the areas of wear values and corrosion resistance. In this article, Robert Dumayne of Igus explains why (more...)

Smart plastics from Igus on show at Northern ManufacturingSmart plastics from Igus on show at Northern Manufacturing

Motion plastics specialist Igus will be showcasing a range of its latest automation solutions in line with industry 4.0 at this year’s Northern Manufacturing and Electronics event. Visitors to the Igus stand will see demonstrations of the new Igus smart plastics that help enable machine and (more...)

Embedding intelligence into motion plasticsEmbedding intelligence into motion plastics

One of the keys to Industry 4.0 will be condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. Embedding intelligence into its motion plastics, Igus is offering exactly that, increasing plant availability. Industry 4.0 means lots of different things to an equally large number of different people, and (more...)
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Igus robolink robots tend machine toolsIgus robolink robots tend machine tools

Robots are increasingly being used to reduce repetitive strain injuries, allow for operation in wet or harsh environments or to save cost. They are frequently used for material handling, for example removing a finished part from a milling machine and replacing it with a blank part for processing. (more...)

Igus bearings and tape assist drone defence systemIgus bearings and tape assist drone defence system

The proliferation of low cost drones for hobbyists has led to a number of well publicised incidents. The use of drones is now often forbidden by law around airports, sporting events and government establishments due to the risk of physical injury or use in committing crimes. Policing has (more...)

Simple pick-and-place automationSimple pick-and-place automation

Automating tasks greatly assists manufacturing effectiveness, enabling lower costs, shorter production times and faster response with local production. The drylin E modular gantry system from Igus provides a simple, affordable and reliable way of automating pick-and-place, test and measurement, or (more...)

Igus showcases bearings and cable management systems at AutomechanikaIgus showcases bearings and cable management systems at Automechanika

Automechanika, one of the world's leading exhibitions for the automotive supply chain and aftermarket, is coming to the UK for the very first time. During the show, which runs from 7th – 9th June at Birmingham’s NEC, Igus will be showcasing its innovative, tribopolymer bearing products (more...)

Automated metal-finishing benefits from Igus energy cable managementAutomated metal-finishing benefits from Igus energy cable management

Manufacturing and processing machinery that handle large, long items, frequently use overhead gantries to transfer the material to, through and from the processing line. Often these gantries have to travel significant distances, whilst requiring electrical cabling to power their motors and sensors. (more...)
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Igus celebrates 25 years in the UKIgus celebrates 25 years in the UK

During this year’s MACH exhibition at the NEC, Igus formally celebrated its 25th anniversary in the UK. Managing director, Matthew Aldridge, has been with the company since its early days: “Over the last 25 years, Igus has grown considerably and been involved with many high-profile (more...)

Antistatic material for ESD compatible applicationsAntistatic material for ESD compatible applications

Igus has introduced a universal plain bearing material that helps prevent the build-up of electrostatic charges. Being electrically conductive, any electrostatic charge is safely discharged avoiding sparking, and like all other iglidur materials, the bearings are self-lubricating and require no (more...)

Igus receives the ten thousandth readycable order from robotics companyIgus receives the ten thousandth readycable order from robotics company

Robotic welding systems have been widely used in large scale automated manufacturing facilities, particularly in the automotive industry, for a number of years. Faced with cost-down pressures from their customers, small metalworking job shops are now starting to consider implementing automation. (more...)

Automated metal-finishing benefits from Igus energy cable managementAutomated metal-finishing benefits from Igus energy cable management

Manufacturing and processing machinery that handle large, long items, frequently use overhead gantries to transfer the material to, through and from the processing line. Often these gantries have to travel significant distances, whilst requiring electrical cabling to power their motors and sensors. (more...)
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Online 3D printing service with instant quotationsOnline 3D printing service with instant quotations

Igus has introduced a new online 3D printing service using lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur tribo-filament. These parts are extremely strong even when compared to traditionally machined and injection-moulded techniques, making them suitable for low cost prototyping and low volume (more...)

Conceptual idea becomes a working product in two monthsConceptual idea becomes a working product in two months

When Sly Agri, the UK specialist agricultural machinery manufacturer, was looking for a set of bearings that would assure reliability in the field, with constant knocks, shimmies and shakes and a whole load of mud thrown in, without any maintenance, the company turned to Igus. Tractors have been (more...)

Igus offers robust, maintenance-free tribo-tape for marine applicationsIgus offers robust, maintenance-free tribo-tape for marine applications

The adverse conditions in marine applications present a challenge to boat owners and operators who have to contend with the effects of both salt and fresh water on moveable metal fittings. If left unchecked, rust and corrosion can cause excessive wear leading to early replacement or seizure. As (more...)

Igus combines readychain with connector unitIgus combines readychain with connector unit

A further development of the plug-in readychain concept, energy chain expert Igus introduces readychain speed 2.0. As with the first generation pre-harnessed energy chain system, it is ready to fit directly onto a machine without the need for specialist tools – however, this generation (more...)

Igus invites submissions for energy chain application awardsIgus invites submissions for energy chain application awards

The possible uses of energy chain systems carrying moving cables and hoses is now vast – they withstand seawater on ships and oil rigs, prevent the permeation of dirt and dust in material handling systems, provide ISO Class 1 protection in cleanrooms, and countless other applications. To find (more...)

Order 3D printed parts online

Are you looking for custom components for new technical developments, or do you need spare parts for your machines? If so, Igus can help. Simply sent the company your 3D file and you will receive suitable lubrication-free and abrasion-resistant component made from the company’s tribo-material. (more...)

Igus celebrates 25 years of chainflexIgus celebrates 25 years of chainflex

Igus is celebrating 25 years since the launch of its chainflex range of cables developed specifically for moving applications in energy chains. With 1,040 cables available from stock, the chainflex range includes motor, control and data cables. As market leader for e-chains, Igus tests and offers (more...)

Innovative solutions from igus at Southern Manufacturing showInnovative solutions from igus at Southern Manufacturing show

igus will be showcasing several new cable and bearing products on its stand (N97) throughout the 2016 Southern Manufacturing show. Dedicated to meeting the growing needs of manufacturers and engineers, igus offers a wide range of cost effective, lightweight and maintenance free solutions for a (more...)

Lightweight and versatile alternative to corrugated tubeLightweight and versatile alternative to corrugated tube

Igus has extended its range of energy supply systems with the introduction of ‘e-skin’, which provides a lightweight, versatile alternative to conventional corrugated tubes. The easy-to-open hose is suitable for a variety of delicate applications, where demands on the energy supply (more...)

3,200 assembled cables: configurable online and delivered from 24 hours3,200 assembled cables: configurable online and delivered from 24 hours

Cable specialist igus has expanded its range of assembled drive cables to a total of 3,200 types. With the addition of Mitsubishi and Parker, two new manufacturer standards have now been added to the 22 standards in the 'readycable' range. igus supplies these to its customers from a single source, (more...)

The first self-lubricating plastic bearing for continuous high rotational speedsThe first self-lubricating plastic bearing for continuous high rotational speeds

With the new iglidur L500 material, motion plastics specialist igus has released its newest specialist bearing solution, ideally suited for continuous operation in high-speed rotation appli-cations under low loads.The iglidur L500 material combines extraordinary wear resistance in long-running, high (more...)

Up to 60% lighter - new carbon fibre linear guideUp to 60% lighter - new carbon fibre linear guide

To meet the growing demand for weight savings, whether in the aerospace, automotive or medical industry, technical plastics expert igus has developed its dryin W linear guide system constructed entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). Extremely lightweight, the carbon drylin rail features (more...)

Igus extends iglidur tribo-tape range for automotive applicationsIgus extends iglidur tribo-tape range for automotive applications

Igus has launched the B160, a new black option of its iglidur tribo-tape. Where a standard bearing solution won't suffice, the B160 has proved an excellent alternative across many automotive applications. The iglidur tribo-tape offers a low friction and noise dampening properties, and will eliminate (more...)

Direct drive robotic arms support lean automationDirect drive robotic arms support lean automation

Expanding its range of cost-effective modular robolink systems, igus introduces the robolink D direct drive articulated arm - a tougher, more durable solution compared with remote drive versions - supporting lean automation. It will be on display at Northern Manufacturing. Typical robotic (more...)

Energy chains help keep frost at bayEnergy chains help keep frost at bay

The seemingly simple bag of peas can, in addition to being a bag of tasty foodstuff, be used to provide handy relief of pain and inflammation from sports injuries. But have you ever wondered how the food processing industry can freeze peas individually?The IQF (Individual Quick Freezing) method (more...)

Bearings bring reliability to clothing testing robotBearings bring reliability to clothing testing robot

'Porton Man' is a testing robot that was built by Crawley Creatures to trial protective clothing for the British Military. The developers used iglidur X plain bearings in all of its joints. In order to ensure that clothing is safe for use and provides adequate protection against chemical, (more...)

Igus introduces lightweight, easy-to-install vertical energy chain systemIgus introduces lightweight, easy-to-install vertical energy chain system

Energy chain specialist igus has developed its guidelok slimline system further with the introduction of the GLSL-P, guidelok slimline P. Made entirely of plastic, this vertical energy chain system is characterised by its low weight and ease of installation, allowing machine builders and system (more...)

dryspin technology achieves greater efficiency, reduces noise and extends lifetimedryspin technology achieves greater efficiency, reduces noise and extends lifetime

dryspin is the new leadscrew drive technology developed by igus that enables engineers to achieve higher efficiency, quieter operation and longer lifetime. Typical applications for the new drive technology include automotive manufacturing, packaging and handling equipment.When supplied with a (more...)

e-spool power makes light work for lighting beamse-spool power makes light work for lighting beams

Energy chain specialist igus augments its e-spool cable management system with the introduction of e-spool power. Fitted with a quiet-running electric motor to drive the spool and electronic control system integrated with limit switches, e-spool power makes light work of many applications such as (more...)
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Real-world example of the new igus e-spool powerReal-world example of the new igus e-spool power

Part of the e-spool energy supply system, e-spool power is fitted with an electric motor and electronic control system with limit switches, to drive and control the standard e-chain to travel lengths of up to 50m. The twisterband connects the roll to the shaft block, which acts as the interface to (more...)
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Thomas Preissner presents the new igubal press-fit spherical bearing from igusThomas Preissner presents the new igubal press-fit spherical bearing from igus

Quick and easy to install, the self-aligning igubal spherical bearings simply press-fit into sheets, bored with a standard 10mm (H7) diameter, and lock axially. The innovative design compensates automatically for errors, so precise alignment of the housing during fitting is unnecessary.As with all (more...)

Helping Formula Student racing team feed its need for speedHelping Formula Student racing team feed its need for speed

When a team of students from the University of Hertfordshire was tasked to make this year's UH Racing car much lighter than in previous years, at first, the assignment seemed daunting. Fortunately Igus, one of the team's sponsors, was more than happy to pitch in, explaining the features and benefits (more...)

Quick installation with Igus zipperQuick installation with Igus zipper

Igus demonstrates how easy it is to open and close zipper e-chain and e-tube energy chains that feature the zip fastening function in this week's Video of the Week. One of the most popular energy chain series being deployed in both sophisticated and industrial applications, including robotics and (more...)

CAT 5, 6, 6A and 7 Ethernet cable standards supported for energy chainsCAT 5, 6, 6A and 7 Ethernet cable standards supported for energy chains

Energy chain and continuous flex cable expert igus now offers a full range of Ethernet chainflex cables, qualified for CAT 5, 6, 6A and 7 standards. Each cable type has been rigorously tested for more than 40 million strokes at the igus test facility in Cologne, ensuring secure data transmission (more...)

Igus to offer €1500 industrial robotIgus to offer €1500 industrial robot

How low can the price of an industrial robot go? According to Justin Leonard, director at Igus, a key focus for a number of manufacturers is the €1500 robot, and Igus may just have stolen a march on the competition. A key introduction at the 2015 Hannover Fair was the Igus' Robolink D, a direct (more...)

Low friction tribo tape helps to improve endurance race reliabilityLow friction tribo tape helps to improve endurance race reliability

What is classed as 'the most extraordinary journey possible in a motor car' will kick start next year when more than 100 vehicles, in Vintageant and Classic categories, will attempt the sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Starting from the Great Wall of China near Beijing on 12th June 2016 and (more...)

Sound advice on noiseSound advice on noise

Energy chains and cable management systems are one of many sources of vibrations and noise, and although not a major contributor, if a machine builder needs to reduce the levels by a few per cent to comply with the Machinery Directive, then the energy chain could make all the difference. Justin (more...)

Square profile linear guide offers adjustable clearanceSquare profile linear guide offers adjustable clearance

Igus has extended its Q10 series square guide with the introduction of the drylin Q20. This new size, with a 20mm profile is said to be ideal for self-supporting and high load applications. The guide's rigid square profile ensures resistance against twisting, while supporting torque of up to 10Nm in (more...)

Major investment in plain bearings by IgusMajor investment in plain bearings by Igus

Following significant investment, polymer bearings specialist Igus now offers 16 different tribopolymer materials in standard DIN ISO 3547-1 dimensions up to diameters of 50mm. This amounts to over 13,000 plain bearings, available for delivery from stock, within 24 hours. The materials include (more...)

Magnetic adapter keeps energy chains on trackMagnetic adapter keeps energy chains on track

Igus introduces magsnap - a new magnetic adapter that holds a plastic energy chain run onto a metallic surface, preventing it from swinging back and forth or moving out of its axis of motion. Eliminating the need for installing a complete guide trough system, magsnap is a cost-effective and (more...)

Fast cable selection, and dispatch within 24 hoursFast cable selection, and dispatch within 24 hours

The readycable product finder is the latest online tool from cabling specialist Igus that provides users a quick and easy way of selecting from over 2,830 ready-made drive cables suitable for a range of applications. The tool, which can be found at http://www.igus.co.uk/RCProductFinder, features (more...)

Igus exhibits polymer solutions at Medtec UKIgus exhibits polymer solutions at Medtec UK

Igus will be exhibiting its innovative range of energy chains and continuous flex cables, as well as plain bearings, xiros plastic ball bearings and linear systems suitable for use in medical applications at this year's Medtec. One of the highlights for visitors to the Igus stand will be the e-cord (more...)

robolink helps robots break freerobolink helps robots break free

For reasons of safety, industrial robots tend to be segregated from humans, which can restrict the types of tasks that robots perform. This has led robot technologists to search for solutions to set robots free from their cages. If this can be achieved, the combination of dexterity and (more...)

Cut weight with the igus dry-tech dietCut weight with the igus dry-tech diet

Southern Manufacturing 2015 exhibitor igus has launched a new video that demonstrates the potential weight savings design engineers can achieve by simply switching to igus drylin linear bearings. The firm claims that by replacing a typical steel shaft and steel linear bearing with an igus RJMP (more...)

Printing the future with 3D technologyPrinting the future with 3D technology

Rob Dumayne of Igus introduces the topic of 3D printing, looking at how it has evolved into a mainstream technology and what it might offer in the future.3D printing has come a long way since it was first introduced almost 30 years ago. The technology has significantly moved away from the scientific (more...)
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'iglidur on tour' car completes UK leg'iglidur on tour' car completes UK leg

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 (more...)

igus bearings drive on to championship victoryigus bearings drive on to championship victory

A redesigned pedal box that utilised igus iglidur plain bearings was a crucial factor in Andy Napier winning the production class championship in the Lotus Cup UK series in his Lotus Elise last year. Napier clinched the title at the last round at the super-quick Snetterton circuit in Norfolk."The (more...)

Connect and go with the new readychain speed from IgusConnect and go with the new readychain speed from Igus

Continuing the readychain concept, energy chain specialist Igus launches 'readychain speed' - a pre-harnessed energy chain system that is ready to fit directly onto a machine without the need for specialist tools. "In very high-cost production environments, such as the automotive industry, (more...)

Igus says YES to Formula StudentIgus says YES to Formula Student

Igus has developed the Young Engineers Support (YES) programme in order to share its extensive knowledge with engineering students and lecturers across various UK colleges and universities. The initiative aims to provide students and lecturers with free product samples and reference materials (more...)

iglidur surpasses car endurance test around the worldiglidur surpasses car endurance test around the world

To celebrate 30 years of iglidur materials and the 50th birthday of the company, igus has retrofitted a car's conventional bearings with iglidur plain bearings and circumnavigated the globe, thus demonstrating the durable and robust nature of iglidur materials in some harsh environments, from dirt (more...)

Fully sealed - New cleanroom chain from igus with ISO Class 1Fully sealed - New cleanroom chain from igus with ISO Class 1

New from igus is an energy chain especially designed for the cleanroom, which offers a very high degree of protection against abrasion whilst ensuring a completely tight sealing of the system. It was awarded the highest certification - the clean room ISO class 1.There is a growing demand for moving (more...)

Simple clip-on piston rings replace PTFE tapeSimple clip-on piston rings replace PTFE tape

Where PTFE tape has to be specially made and fitted, the iglidur piston rings from igus can be simply clipped on the piston or shaft. This affordable option from igus is now available in a variety of sizes and materials.Whether in automotive applications, packaging and medical systems or in (more...)

Tribo makes all the differenceTribo makes all the difference

Rob Dumayne of Igus reviews the latest developments in plastic bearings, and how industrial manufacturers can use them to produce cost savings while increasing their environmental credentials. The history of the plastic plain bearing goes back a long way, spurred on by the discovery of the lower (more...)

Robot mannequin 'Porton Man' moves with igusRobot mannequin 'Porton Man' moves with igus

A robotic mannequin has been recently developed by a British engineering company, i-bodi Technology, a subsidiary of Crawley Creatures Ltd, to help the Ministry of Defence test chemical and biological (CB) protective suits and equipment for its Armed Forces. The 'Porton Man' uses (more...)

igus exhibits an array of new products at Advanced Engineering Show 2014igus exhibits an array of new products at Advanced Engineering Show 2014

Polymer expert igus will be showcasing a range of its new products at this years Advanced Engineering Show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on the 11th and 12th November. The new products being showcased on igus' stand (K72) include: tribo-tape, tribo-filament, e-cord micro, E4.1 energy (more...)

Cable carrying in demanding offshore applicationsCable carrying in demanding offshore applications

Plastic energy chains from tribopolymer specialist igus are an ideal alternative to steel, which has been the design material of choice for many decades, for working in the harsh environments of the offshore industry. igus e-chains are tougher than steel for a given size and are much lighter. They (more...)

Igus energy chains tame the tideIgus energy chains tame the tide

Ensuring a safe and productive solution to providing electrical, water, and fuel connections to a jetty is challenging at the best of times. But when that jetty is floating in the harbour at Barrow-in-Furness with rough seas and an 11 metre tide, the problems are compounded. That was the situation (more...)

igus unveils cost-effective articulated robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedomigus unveils cost-effective articulated robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedom

At this year's Engineering Design Show igus (stand D20) will be showcasing a range of new products, including robolink D, tribo-tabe, tribo-filament, e-cord micro, and the CRC clean-room chain.Available in three sizes, robolink D is an articulated directly driven arm that allows for up to 6 (more...)
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Linear guide system is self-lubricating, lightweight and operates quietly

drylin Q is the latest torque resistant protected square linear guide system from bearing specialist igus. With self-lubricating and light-weight properties, the adjustable drylin Q is ideal for fixture, positioning and measuring systems. Due to the manual clamp, the drylin Q bearing can be mounted (more...)
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Secure cables in e-chains quickly and easilySecure cables in e-chains quickly and easily

Energy chain specialist igus has unveiled its latest accessory for e-chains and e-tubes, the CFV strain relief element. This offers the chance to strain relieve cables outside of the chain cross section, even in enclosed energy tubes. The CVF ensures that cables within the moving e-chain do not move (more...)
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Self-lubricating, extremely quiet belt drive for the entertainment industrySelf-lubricating, extremely quiet belt drive for the entertainment industry

Linear motion specialist igus has developed its latest linear belt drive for use in the entertainment and theatre industry. The drylin toothed belt axis is ideal for the movement of stage systems or prop adjustments, offering a range of possible applications. Due to the use of iglidur polymer plain (more...)

Cables for tasks with lower cycle requirementsCables for tasks with lower cycle requirements

Igus has launched a new range of cables specifically for cable carrier applications that do not require high cycle rates. With a guaranteed service life of one million double strokes, the new chainflex M range is a cost effective alternative for such applications. "Our current range of (more...)

Concept bike's suspension offers greater control over rough terrainConcept bike's suspension offers greater control over rough terrain

Trying to reinvent the wheel is next to impossible. But re-designing concepts surrounding the wheel is a constant endeavour, from the automotive industry and high-tech landing gear for planes to skateboards and roller blades. It is exactly this reinvention that has resulted in a new concept from (more...)

igus presents the world's first tribo-filament for 3D printersigus presents the world's first tribo-filament for 3D printers

Plastics specialist igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed specifically for engineers who wish to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications or solutions. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a (more...)

igus presents world's first food-grade tribo-tape at Interplas 2014igus presents world's first food-grade tribo-tape at Interplas 2014

At this year's Interplas exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, igus will present food-grade tribo-tape, industry-leading maintenance-free plain, spherical and linear bearings as well as self-lubricating energy chains and chainflex cables.One of the main highlights at the igus stand will be the (more...)

igus' chainflex cables beat standard cables in dynamic applicationsigus' chainflex cables beat standard cables in dynamic applications

igus reports that its cables are proven to last millions of cycles in dynamic e-chain applications. This is because of the special way in which the cables are designed and manufactured. The copper stranding, core bundling, shielding and outer jacket are all vital parts of a good dynamic cable (more...)

igus helps OEMs to meet RoHS requirementsigus helps OEMs to meet RoHS requirements

igus is helping machinery and equipment manufacturers, who are required to adhere to the RoHS Directive, achieve more reliable performance with lowered environmental impact by switching to iglidur plastic bearings. iglidur plastic bearings are well-suited to a wide range of applications including (more...)

Complete solutions for machine builders and OEMsComplete solutions for machine builders and OEMs

Polymer bearing, energy chain and cable specialist igus will be showcasing its products designed and developed specifically for the machine building industry at this year's Machine Building Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 30th September - 1st October. Key new products on display include the (more...)
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Igus e-spool provides power and data in all directionsIgus e-spool provides power and data in all directions

e-chain specialist igus has developed the e-spool as an alternative to cable reels and zigzag systems. e-spool is unique in allowing different media types to run together with no breaks at all through the system. Typical applications include stage and theatre and cranes. In this novel customer (more...)

New and improved igus chainflex cables reduce assembly times by 30% New and improved igus chainflex cables reduce assembly times by 30%

Energy chain and cable specialist igus has expanded and improved its chainflex CF211 and CF111.D series of measuring cables developed for dynamic equipment applications. The cables feature an enhanced core and shield structure that offers a much longer service life and makes them easier to install, (more...)

igus awards firm with a UK vector award for floating pontoon applicationigus awards firm with a UK vector award for floating pontoon application

High performance energy chain manufacturer igus has presented its prestigious UK vector award to fuel management systems company Cameron Forecourt for its innovative use of energy chains to supply a floating pontoon in the harbour at Barrow-in-Furness, UK. Cameron Forecourt is using igus energy (more...)
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E-chains provide electrical power and data supply for Rubber Tyred Gantry cranesE-chains provide electrical power and data supply for Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes

Cable management expert igus has developed its e-rover to supply Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes with both electrical power and data. This allows the RTG to switch from diesel power to electrical power, saving thousands of pounds per year in diesel costs. The e-rover system can feed cranes with any (more...)

iglidur knife-edge rollers for conveyor applicationsiglidur knife-edge rollers for conveyor applications

Polymer bearings expert igus has developed knife-edge conveyor rollers for materials handling applications. Manufactured using igus' iglidur materials, the knife-edge rollers are cost effective, quick and easy to install and provide a long service life to the conveyor system. Providing a tight (more...)

Flexible cables get DNV GL approval for use in maritime applicationsFlexible cables get DNV GL approval for use in maritime applications

Energy chain and cable specialist igus further extends its list of approvals and certifications by announcing that 328 of its chainflex dynamic cables are now certified by DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd), the world's largest ship and offshore classification society.igus and (more...)
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igus expands its xiros polymer ball bearing rangeigus expands its xiros polymer ball bearing range

Bearings specialist igus expands its xiros range to meet the requirements of a wide range of industries. Also available are versions manufactured from hazardous-free materials for the food industry which ensures that no harmful substances come into contact with any of the product, whilst bearings (more...)
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Pop-open e-chain provides easy access for cablesPop-open e-chain provides easy access for cables

e-chain specialist igus has developed its latest range of e-chains, the E1 modular chain. The E1 e-chain features an easy snap-open lid, which allows users to fit or access cables quickly. The modular design enables segments of the E1 e-chain to be connected to achieve the desired length. (more...)

Wimbledon's centre court roof glides safely with energy chainsWimbledon's centre court roof glides safely with energy chains

When the roof first glided over Wimbledon's illustrious Centre Court on 29th June 2009, allowing the fourth round singles match between Amélie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina to continue, it was the landmark occasion for the world's most prestigious tennis tournament. The Grand Slam (more...)

Speedicut rapid machining from igus now even more versatileSpeedicut rapid machining from igus now even more versatile

Following the launch of its speedicut rapid machining service two years' ago, polymer specialist igus has now made the service even more varied. With a wide range of tribo-polymer materials and more sizes available, including stock sheet in various thicknesses, custom designed components can be (more...)

Easy assembly with readychain speed from igusEasy assembly with readychain speed from igus

The new readychain speed from e-chain specialist igus makes it faster and easier than ever to connect harnessed e-chains with a combined connector and mounting bracket. A secure connection is guaranteed thanks to the robust connectors alongside the latches on the side preventing any (more...)

igus sales engineers now all CSCS Certifiedigus sales engineers now all CSCS Certified

Tribo-polymers specialist igus is pleased to announce that all of its e-chain system sales engineers now hold a current 'Site Visitor' card for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The card is for people who frequently visit a construction site, but have no (more...)
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Faster searching, faster assembly and faster purchasing of igus readycablesFaster searching, faster assembly and faster purchasing of igus readycables

Energy chain and cabling specialist igus, has launched its next generation online readycable finder which allows users to find the right drive cable according to the manufacturer's standard, as well as select the desired length and quantity even faster than before. Users are provided with a (more...)

Igus offers tailored, on-site product demonstrations with practical expert adviceIgus offers tailored, on-site product demonstrations with practical expert advice

Polymer expert igus is bringing its extensive range of plastic bearings, linear systems, energy chains and cabling assemblies right to its customers' premises by delivering specialist on-site demonstrations for free. Tailored to suit each customer's needs, this unique experience enables (more...)
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igus plastics in 3D printersigus plastics in 3D printers

Designers of 3D printers are increasingly turning to plastics expert igus for linear bearings, lead screw units, plain bearings, energy chains and flexible cables in order to provide self-lubricating, abrasion and wear resistant components for the latest 3D printers.Many digital printing machines (more...)
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Press fitting iglidur plain bearings made easyPress fitting iglidur plain bearings made easy

Polymer specialist igus has developed a simple to use press fitting tool for plain bearings. This updated and improved version of the original press fit tool PT-1350, which is designed to be used for bearings with an internal diameter of 13 to 50mm, is to now include the smaller PT-0620 which is (more...)

iglidur on tour - our journey so fariglidur on tour - our journey so far

To celebrate 30 years of iglidur materials, polymer specialist igus has retrofitted a car with iglidur bearings which is currently travelling around the world. The iglidur bearings have replaced bearings in applications such as the windscreen wipers, brake pedal pivot point and throttle valves, thus (more...)

igus mobile exhibition: coming to a place near youigus mobile exhibition: coming to a place near you

Polymer expert igus will deliver a series of one day Road Show Exhibitions throughout the UK from 21st July until 1st of August 2014. Using a modular display stand system, the exhibition will be tailored to meet the needs of each company it visits. Engineers and purchasers will have plenty of time (more...)

Engineered Arts wins igus manus UK award for sophisticated robotic movement designEngineered Arts wins igus manus UK award for sophisticated robotic movement design

High-performance polymer bearings expert igus has presented a prestigious manus UK award to Engineered Arts. This is in recognition of the company's innovative use of polymer bearings within its RoboThespian humanoid robots. RoboThespian is fitted with iglidur bearings on all rotating shafts, (more...)

igus showcases latest products at Hillhead 2014igus showcases latest products at Hillhead 2014

At Hillhead 2014, igus will be showing the latest additions to its iglidur bearings, E4.1 e-chain and TPE chainflex cable ranges; these further extend the company's products designed for the construction industry and other demanding, rugged and large-scale applications.Visitors to igus' (more...)
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E2 micro e-chains are small, light and even strongerE2 micro e-chains are small, light and even stronger

E2 micro e-chains have been carefully developed by plastics expert, igus, to be the smallest, lightest and most stable of the e-chain range. Available in seven widths, these e-chains feature improved strength and, with small inner heights and bending radii, are ideal for a wide range of applications (more...)

Light e-chain solution for large hoses and cablesLight e-chain solution for large hoses and cables

The new E4.1 light e-chain from energy chain specialist igus meets the engineers and designers' need for a strong but light e-chain. It combines the benefits of the E4.1 series' ruggedness and the E2/000 system's easy accessibility. When used with "extender" crossbars, this (more...)

Latest energy chains and bearings solutions at ABTT 2014Latest energy chains and bearings solutions at ABTT 2014

Leading polymer specialist igus UK will be exhibiting its innovative range of cable management systems, flexible cables and bearings solutions for the theatre industry at the ABTT Show in London. Visitors to the igus stand will also see live demonstrations of its solutions as well as meet industry (more...)

From pedals to steering, igus' bearings fit many applicationsFrom pedals to steering, igus' bearings fit many applications

iglidur plastic bearings from polymer expert, igus, are a great fit for the automotive industry. Carefully tested in igus' high-tech laboratories, the iglidur range has been developed to live up to igus' 'plastics for longer life' mantra. Self-lubricating and dry-running, iglidur (more...)

igus launches interactive blog featuring videos, product updates and newsigus launches interactive blog featuring videos, product updates and news

Polymer expert, igus, has launched a new interactive blog to keep its community of engineers and designers updated with its latest innovations and initiatives; from the 85 iglidur bearings that bring RoboThespian to life, to the latest video of the week about igubal's multiple (more...)

Dependable MTTF - The Holy GrailDependable MTTF - The Holy Grail

Dependable MTTF data is vital for engineers who need to formulate maintenance regimes and predict the working lives of machines and components. And the introduction of the Machinery Safety Directive has made the need for accurate MTTF data even more pressing. Matthew Aldridge of Igus UK explains why (more...)

igus dry-tech box now features the largest range of plastic bearings worldwideigus dry-tech box now features the largest range of plastic bearings worldwide

Tribo-polymer specialist igus introduces the dry-tech box, an ingenious sample kit designed to help engineers find the right bearing material for their application. The box contains a set of card overlays, which filter the bearing choices by criteria - similar to the igus online configurator.The (more...)

Energy chain guide system, enclosed for safe operation, is now even biggerEnergy chain guide system, enclosed for safe operation, is now even bigger

e-chain expert, igus, has developed the micro fizz 10 aluminium guide system to meet the engineers and designer's need for a larger cable and hose capacity, compared to the existing MF06 and MF08 systems . Thanks to its unique enclosed design, the micro fizz guide system is already proving an (more...)
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Igus dry-tech lab performs 7,000 tests per yearIgus dry-tech lab performs 7,000 tests per year

Ensuring that all igus products live up to the company's 'plastics for longer life' mantra, the state-of-the-art dry-tech lab performs over 7,000 tests a year on energy chains and cables, as well as polymer plain bearings and linear systemsDesigned to endure the most demanding (more...)

Linear guide is tough yet lightLinear guide is tough yet light

drylin Q20 linear construction kit is the latest torque resistant square linear guide from linear guides expert, igus. Available in a variety of mounting options and with adjustable bearing clearance, drylin Q20 offers designers and engineers a highly flexible solution.To meet all igus' customer (more...)

Up to 36 month guarantee on igus chainlfex cables delivers predictable safetyUp to 36 month guarantee on igus chainlfex cables delivers predictable safety

With the introduction of its chainflex Guarantee Club, igus says it is the first and only system supplier to combine its cable programme for constantly moving applications with a guaranteed lifetime in energy chains. In the chainflex guarantee club, machine builders and equipment manufacturers can (more...)

igus demonstrates polymer plain bearings durability with a tour around the worldigus demonstrates polymer plain bearings durability with a tour around the world

Celebrating 30 years of its iglidur materials, igus has sent a small car, equipped with iglidur plain bearing components, on a round the world tour. Putting the resilience and potential of its tribo-polymers to the test, the car, with its easily recognisable igus orange livery will travel across (more...)

igus scoops three iF design awards for innovative product designigus scoops three iF design awards for innovative product design

Leading tribopolymer specialist igus is delighted to announce that it has been awarded three iF design awards for its innovative product designs. This year the iF Industrie Forum Design eV association awarded igus for its energy tube R4.1 light, drylin SLT linear axis and the readychain rack (more...)

Igubal fits multiple applications from extremely diverse areasIgubal fits multiple applications from extremely diverse areas

igubal, from polymer expert igus, is a versatile, light weight and corrosion free pivoting bearing material that is proving a great fit for multiple applications, from textile to automotive industries. Thanks to its wear resistant properties, igubal is ideal for applications such as food machines (more...)

Readychain cables are always secureReadychain cables are always secure

Readychain from plastics expert, igus, offers an innovative, ready-to-install and highly reliable energy chain solution; all its connectors and highly flexible cables have been carefully tested by igus. Manufactured according to the customers' needs and delivered in less than ten days, (more...)

Online technical data sheets now available for over 1,100 chainflex cablesOnline technical data sheets now available for over 1,100 chainflex cables

igus, the leading expert in dynamic cabling for energy chains, now offers technical data sheets for over 1,100 chainflex cables. The data sheets, which are available online at: www.igus.co.uk/chainflex, provide cable specifiers with detailed information, including cable cross-section (more...)

More efficiency and less noise with drylin spindle drivesMore efficiency and less noise with drylin spindle drives

dryspin is the latest drive technology from polymer expert, igus. Thanks to their unique dryspin asymmetric geometry, igus' leadscrew-drives offer extended lifetime, higher efficiency and lower noise and are thus ideal for a variety of applications from laboratory automation to medical (more...)

igus launches new polymer bearings catalogueigus launches new polymer bearings catalogue

igus has launched its new Bearings Catalogue for 2014. The catalogue features more than 7,000 self-lubricating and highly wear-resistant iglidur parts and provides comprehensive details, including application examples and design specifications. The dry-tech Bearings Catalogue 2014 is available on (more...)

Igus' bearings ideal for extreme outdoor applications such as solar panelsIgus' bearings ideal for extreme outdoor applications such as solar panels

Bearings from polymer expert, igus, are proving to be quite an asset to the solar energy industry. Corrosion free and light weight, these state-of-the-art plastics bearing solutions are resistant to extreme temperatures as well as ultra violet light, water, dirt and dust - making them a great fit (more...)

igus' energy chain is always delivered in less than 10 days and ready to installigus' energy chain is always delivered in less than 10 days and ready to install

readychain, from plastics expert, igus, is a comprehensive energy chain solution designed to help machinery and plants - from an access platform to a crane - reduce down times and thus costs. readychains from igus are the complete energy supply ready to install and comprise energy chains completely (more...)

Linear bearings are self-lubricating and maintenance freeLinear bearings are self-lubricating and maintenance free

Polymer specialist igus makes motion without lubrication possible; self-lubricating and maintenance free, dry-tech linear bearings are ideal wherever an oil-free environment is a top priority, from the food and drink sector to medical industries. Resistant to dirt, water and chemicals, the dry-tech (more...)
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Pillow block bearings for solar and food industriesPillow block bearings for solar and food industries

igubal pillow block bearings from tribo-polymer specialist igus are proving an ideal solution for a wide range of applications within the solar technology and food industries. Thanks to their unique properties, including resistance to temperatures of up to 80°C, these innovative bearings can be (more...)
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Innovative range of polymer bearings is ideal for home and office applicationsInnovative range of polymer bearings is ideal for home and office applications

Not only is plastic expert igus UK proving a great fit for industrial applications, there are also many suitable applications for home and office furniture. The high mechanical strength of igus polymer products has already proven of a consistently high calibre within industrial sectors and now, this (more...)

igus shows linear guide system, bearings, cable assemblies and readychains at MACH 2014

igus will demonstrate and showcase the latest additions to its drylin W hybrid systems and standard PRTs. Additionally, readychains will be displayed within the readychain rack 'light' system. Also on show will be chainflex CF270 cables, plus the CFRIP cable stripping solution - all at this (more...)
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Configuring a cable in less than 3 minutes? With igus you canConfiguring a cable in less than 3 minutes? With igus you can

The chainflex custom cable configurator from plastics specialist igus is helping electrical engineers and designers assemble and order the cables that best meet their needs. Thanks to this innovative online tool, igus can quickly supply its customers with a variety of customised cables.Featuring (more...)

Power supply and encoder cable in a single-cable solutionPower supply and encoder cable in a single-cable solution

Energy chain and cabling expert, igus <http://www.igus.co.uk/> , has developed a new robust and reliable, as well as cost-conscious, single-cable solution for servo motors. With an integrated bus element, the chainflex CF270.UL.D hybrid servo cable <http://www.igus.co.uk/Chainflex> is (more...)

Igus exhibits compact readychain delivery system and fully-assembled linear drives at Southern ManufacturingIgus exhibits compact readychain delivery system and fully-assembled linear drives at Southern Manufacturing

Igus will be showcasing its new readychain rack 'light' delivery system, additional high performance stock materials, intelligent cable stripping, and drylin-E linear drives ready-assembled with motors at Southern Manufacturing on stand N74. Visitors to the stand will be able to see live (more...)
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Self-lubricating and compact, drylin E offers a complete drive solution, with axis and motorSelf-lubricating and compact, drylin E offers a complete drive solution, with axis and motor

drylin E motor-equipped linear axis from igus are the ultimate in electrical drive technology. Maintenance-free, self-lubricating and resistant to dirt, this drive system is ideal for a variety of applications - from small, medical SLN-27 lead-screws driven systems to large, industrial ZLW-1660 (more...)
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CFRIP from igus now extends to over 230 chainflex cable typesCFRIP from igus now extends to over 230 chainflex cable types

igus, the leading expert in dynamic cabling for energy chains, extends its CFRIP range to over 230 cable types. This is a novel solution for stripping cables in which the outer jacket can be stripped to the desired length simply by pulling the special CFRIP cord. "Long lengths can be stripped (more...)

Wanted: innovative energy chain applicationsWanted: innovative energy chain applications

Energy chain expert igus invites companies to enter the vector award 2014 competition. The biennial competition is in its fourth year recognising innovative and creative applications for energy supply solutions, and is open to entries from companies all over the world. The closing date for entries (more...)

Smooth transfer of transported goods onto downstream conveyorsSmooth transfer of transported goods onto downstream conveyors

Igus has added 14 new dimensions to its range of knife edge rollers, increasing conveyor design and planning flexibility greatly. Plastic knife edge rollers are used wherever smooth, lubricant-free transfer of transported goods is desired onto downstream conveyors. Because of their compact design (more...)

Light weight and reliable system for a variety of robotic applicationsLight weight and reliable system for a variety of robotic applications

As robot systems are becoming more and more advanced, plastic expert, igus is constantly developing innovative plastic components to reduce costs and increase service life. Amongst the company's robotic solutions is the triflex Retraction System Pneumatic (RSP) for multi-axis robots. Light (more...)
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igus bearings for high load rotational applicationsigus bearings for high load rotational applications

Plastic expert, igus has developed the innovative PRT slewing ring bearing to help engineers and designers easily solve all problems associated with high load rotational applications. With two layers of self-lubricating low-friction sliding polymer pads, in place of those of traditional ball (more...)

New Generation of drylin Linear Axes for food and beverage applicationsNew Generation of drylin Linear Axes for food and beverage applications

igus, the tribopolymer and plain bearing specialist, introduces the spindle-driven linear axis drylin SLT-BB and spindle linear module drylin SLW-25120. Both models have been specifically developed for machines and equipment used in the Food and Beverage industry, fulfilling specific design (more...)

Increased reliability in food manufactureIncreased reliability in food manufacture

Igus UK has developed two new food grade polymer bearing materials - iglidur A181 and iglidur A160 - that are compliant with both the FDA specification for repeated contact with food and the EU 10/2011 Directive. As a result, food manufacturers can produce food to the highest standards while (more...)

Cables in less than 24 hours with Igus readycable

Cable expert Igus UK has developed readycable, an innovative drive cable that dramatically reduces wastages and costs, making pre-assembled drive cables from as little as 0.5 m readily available to electrical engineers and designers in less than 24 hours.readycable is available in a wide range of (more...)

long service life in wooden pallet productionlong service life in wooden pallet production

Aloysius Krenzer KG produces euro pallets and bespoke wooden pallets with a high degree of automation. When the company orders new systems it requests the equipment manufacturer uses drylin linear guides from igus for certain applications. These bearings have proven themselves in linear drives, (more...)

Customise your own PRT slewing ring systems with iglidur J gliding padsCustomise your own PRT slewing ring systems with iglidur J gliding pads

Plastic expert's igus UK has developed the new iglidur J gliding pads for customised slewing ring bearings. Now much larger turntables can be manufactured from 500 mm diameter upwards, giving engineers the benefit of additional design flexibility. iglidur J gliding pads are produced from (more...)

New e-spool energy chain variants provide robust solution for routing multiple cables in small spacesNew e-spool energy chain variants provide robust solution for routing multiple cables in small spaces

igus UK, the leading energy chain and cabling specialist, has launched two new variants of its innovative and compact e-spool energy chain. The new heavy duty (HD) and motor flange versions are more powerful, enabling users to more easily retract and guide cables and e-spool allows engineers to save (more...)

Self-aligning igubal bearings 80% lighter than steel and more cost effectiveSelf-aligning igubal bearings 80% lighter than steel and more cost effective

Plastic bearing expert igus UK produces a complete range of self-aligning rod ends, spherical bearings and thrust bearings that are approximately 80% lighter than steel alternatives. These lightweight bearings have exceptional high performance properties and as a result engineers can reduce costs, (more...)

Custom chainflex cables available in just three weeks

Igus UK has introduced a new service chainflex CC, whereby custom cables are now available with a minimum length of 300m and are delivered within three weeks. As part of the service, Igus has also launched a new online configurator where customers can configure and order their individual desired (more...)

Pick and place conveyor system makes tasks more efficientPick and place conveyor system makes tasks more efficient

Energy chain expert Igus UK's pikchain is a continually revolving chain with integrated cable and hose supply to drive and control actuators individually. In the woodworking industry pikchain is especially advantageous, enabling concurrent running tasks such as drilling, stacking, milling, (more...)

Self-lubricating slewing rings are easy to installSelf-lubricating slewing rings are easy to install

There is a new way to tackle high load rotational applications traditionally solved by using ball bearings. The PRT slewing ring from plastic bearings specialist Igus UK uses two self-lubricating, low friction plastic sliding pads in place of the ball bearings. They are reliable, cost-effective, low (more...)
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Managing cables through linear and rotary movement

A new concept in energy chains has been developed to provide a combination of rotary and linear movement. Mark Simms got to see it in action to understand the problems it addresses.There are many new concepts that seem so obvious once you've seen them, that you wonder why nobody thought of it (more...)

Custom assemblies delivered quickly and ready to fitCustom assemblies delivered quickly and ready to fit

Leading plastic plain bearing specialist igus UK has launched a new cost-effective manufacturing service - speedifit - which supplies bespoke complete bearing assemblies, enabling customers to save time and money. The housing is manufactured to custom requirements, fitted with an igus bearing, and (more...)
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Growing range of xiros ball bearings, focus on fast deliveryGrowing range of xiros ball bearings, focus on fast delivery

Since xiros ball bearings were launched five years ago, polymer material and bearings expert igus has completed lots of development work resulting in five separate xiros ball bearing materials, many new dimensions and a wide range of different designs available ex-stock within 24 hours. In addition, (more...)

Quick and easy to install guide trough for long travels of energy chainQuick and easy to install guide trough for long travels of energy chain

Energy chain specialist igus UK offers the Guidelock Slimline F in its range of cost-effective energy chain guiding systems. The Guidelock system can be installed easily horizontally or vertically and is designed to prevent cables swinging with the movement of the machine and becoming damaged, (more...)

Reliable and flexible motion in a hygienic environmentReliable and flexible motion in a hygienic environment

The output of highly complex nappy production lines at Ontex Mayen has tripled over the past few years without any investment in new machines. This has been made possible by ensuring that the production line runs with virtually no downtime, as well as to continual improvements made on the production (more...)

Novel energy chain system increases uptime for Jaguar Land RoverNovel energy chain system increases uptime for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has reduced the downtime on one of its factory robots by 66% thanks to installing equipment from leading energy chain specialist, igus UK. Triflex RS is a very compact multi-axial energy supply system that safely houses the energy cables, and as a result, enables manufactures to (more...)

An aid to boosting food process efficiencyAn aid to boosting food process efficiency

Igus UK has introduced new knife edge roller bearings that enable manufacturers in the food and beverage industry to increase process efficiencies. The iglidur tribo plastic bearings are reliable, and lubrication-free, and as a result, offer excellent performance in conveyor systems. Igus knife edge (more...)
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Quick and easy to install link bearings are lightweight alternative to steelQuick and easy to install link bearings are lightweight alternative to steel

igubal plastic double joint links from bearing specialist igus UK are a cost-effective, easy-to-assemble, fit-and-forget solution that have many advantages over standard steel versions.Steel linkages usually consist of many separate components and are extremely time consuming to assemble. However, (more...)
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igus bearing liners are easy to fitigus bearing liners are easy to fit

Bearing specialist igus UK offers interchangeable lubrication-free linear bearing liners that are based on wear resistant plastics specially developed for linear technology. As a result of using the liners, users can reduce downtime and improve their processes significantly.drylin bearing liners are (more...)
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Compact linear guide is quick and easy to installCompact linear guide is quick and easy to install

Linear bearing specialist igus UK has developed a new addition to its popular drylin W linear guide series. The compact drylin W mono slide is a complete system that consists of fewer parts, reduces installation space and is easier to assemble, enabling design engineers to save installation time and (more...)
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Assembly tools dramatically cut energy chain installation timeAssembly tools dramatically cut energy chain installation time

Plastics expert, igus has introduced a revolutionary tool that cuts energy chain opening times from 33 to only 2 seconds. The innovative energy chain opening tool makes it extremely quick and easy to open the cross bars, providing an effective solution for energy chain filling and assembly.Like all (more...)

High loads, rapid fitting and pre-tensioned polymer bearings for sheet metalHigh loads, rapid fitting and pre-tensioned polymer bearings for sheet metal

igus UK, leading manufacturer of polymer bearings, has launched a new heavy duty version of its robust igubal clip spherical bearings. The easy-to-fit heavy duty bearings can withstand high loads, provide exceptional rotational, linear or swivelling movements, and as they are plastic do not require (more...)
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Cost-effective linear motion for a wide range of applicationsCost-effective linear motion for a wide range of applications

igus, the leading manufacturer of plastic bearings and leadscrews, has developed a new spherical trapezoidal leadscrew nut, combining the technology of igubal self-aligning bearings with drylin leadscrew drives. This new leadscrew nut has a long life with no external lubrication required, and (more...)

Bearings for demanding transport applicationsBearings for demanding transport applications

As operating conditions in many industries such as aerospace, automotive and rail become increasingly harsh, designers are reviewing components used throughout many applications. Bearings are just one component that need to be able to withstand these hostile environments. Matt Aldridge of Igus (more...)

New low cost roller energy chain and guiding troughNew low cost roller energy chain and guiding trough

Energy chain specialist igus UK has launched a new roller energy chain, the 3500R, and a modular plastic guiding profile, guidelite, which are ideal for long travels. They are part of igus' growing modular system for all types of movement, which provide cost-effective and simple solutions for (more...)

igus rod end bearing handles higher tensile loadsigus rod end bearing handles higher tensile loads

Bearing specialist igus UK has developed the igubal EBRM-16 V steel/plastic rod end bearing to bridge the gap between traditional steel and plastic bearings in terms of load capabilities.The igubal EBRM-16V features an integrated metal insert, which enables it to handle tensile loads of up to 15kN, (more...)

Open guide system for energy chains is simple yet effectiveOpen guide system for energy chains is simple yet effective

New from Igus, the guidelok horizontal is an innovative system that is designed to support long travels of energy chain where gliding is not recommended. The system is modular and consists of very few parts, making guidelok lighter, easier to assemble and more cost effective when compared to many (more...)

High performance bearings for world-class mountain bikesHigh performance bearings for world-class mountain bikes

Contrail MGN full-suspension bike from Bergamont is a top mountain bike model. The bike uses innovative technology, such as butted frame tubes with various wall thicknesses as well as carbon frame components to deliver Olympic winning performances. Light polymer plain bearings from igus are also (more...)

Cables deliver high performance in specialist applicationsCables deliver high performance in specialist applications

Recognising distinct cabling requirements in a variety of industry sectors was the inspiration behind igus' new chainflex CF Special cable range. Newly developed flexible cables have been produced specifically for the rail, lift and food industries. The new additions to the chainflex family are (more...)

igus linear drive modules for extreme conditionsigus linear drive modules for extreme conditions

Linear motion specialist igus UK augments the motor programme for its drylin leadscrew units and belt drive modules by introducing new and ready-to-install combinations of motor and linear unit for use under water or in a vacuum. The drylin ZLW toothed belt drive module, with variable stroke length, (more...)

igus NFPA 79-2012 compliant chainflex cables for dynamic applications

Dynamic cabling expert igus UK now has a complete NFPA-compliant range of control, bus, motor, servo and measuring system chainflex cables with more than 650 versions available from stock within 24 hours. Conforming to the 79-2012 standard (Chapter 12.9) of the National Fire Protection Association (more...)

Miniature linear actuator offers stroke lengths of up to 250mmMiniature linear actuator offers stroke lengths of up to 250mm

Linear drive specialist igus UK has introduced a miniature linear drive system SLN 27 with optional NEMA 11 motor, to its already popular drylin linear bearing range. Weighing in at only 69g and offering a maximum lubrication-free stroke length of up to 250mm, this minute linear drive system is (more...)

Reduce cable strip back time by up to 50% Reduce cable strip back time by up to 50%

Flexible cable innovator igus has developed CFRIP, a unique new cable with an integrated stripping cord for the rapid and safe stripping of cables, even those with gusset filled extruded jackets.The benefit of this cable is that it requires no extra tools and reduces cable strip back times of around (more...)

Electrically conductive energy chains available within 24 hoursElectrically conductive energy chains available within 24 hours

igus UK now has a range of ESD/ATEX energy chains which are available from stock within 24 hours, enabling designers to build machines more quickly and efficiently. There are approximately 280 ESD/ATEX chain versions readily available, including a selection of smaller 'zipper', medium (more...)

Investigating distant galaxies with help from energy chainInvestigating distant galaxies with help from energy chain

A new instrument designed by engineers and scientists at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) has recently been shipped to the Atacama Desert of northern Chile for use in one of the European Southern Observatories Very Large Telescopes (VLT). The four telescopes when combined make one of the (more...)

Additions to extensive cable range

Igus will be showcasing new additions to its extensive range of cables at Sensing Technology 2012, including, anti-microbial, low smoke and toxicity and halogen free CF Special cables specifically designed for the rail, medical and food industry, along with the new intelligent CF RIP, easy strip (more...)

Increase energy efficiency with green energy chainsIncrease energy efficiency with green energy chains

Justin Leonard, director at Igus UK, reviews the latest polymer energy chain technologies and advises how engineers can reduce energy loss and operate machinery in a cost-effective way.With demand for manufacturers to increase energy efficiencies and reduce costs of their operations, plant managers (more...)

Linear actuator speeds up pick and place processesLinear actuator speeds up pick and place processes

Linear drive specialist Igus has developed a new type of linear actuator, drylin GRW-0630, which is ideal for use in highly dynamic linear applications with low loads, particularly found in the pick and place sector. The motor is integrated into the carriage, rather than the end block, in this new (more...)

Rapid machining with new speedicut service from IgusRapid machining with new speedicut service from Igus

Leading polymer specialist, igus UK, has launched a new rapid machining service - speedicut - where custom designed components can be manufactured and delivered in 24 hours. As there are no minimum order quantities, speedicut is a cost-effective way of specifying one offs, prototyping and low (more...)

igus bearings certified to medical standardigus bearings certified to medical standard

Polymer researcher and bearings specialist igus UK has announced that its iglidur A500 plain bearing material has been certified to fulfil the specifications of ISO 10993 Type A medical standards, meaning that it is biocompatible for use in medical applications with less than 24 hours exposure to (more...)

'Clip and go' with igus heavy duty spherical bearings'Clip and go' with igus heavy duty spherical bearings

Bearing specialist igus has increased its heavy duty (HD) clip spherical bearing range to four different sizes. The new sizes in the HD clip bearing range can now allow for applications with very high radial and axial loads which are found in a variety of machine and plant systems.The advantages of (more...)

Innovation in lightweight, low cost roboticsInnovation in lightweight, low cost robotics

Justin Leonard, director at Igus UK, looks at the development of modular joints for robots and some of their applications.With pressure across many industries to work more efficiently, there is increased demand for simple lightweight and cost-effective robotic systems. The challenge of developing (more...)
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Adapter kit enables linear bearing systems to be built easilyAdapter kit enables linear bearing systems to be built easily

The drylin E motor driven linear modules from igus are used in automation, robotics, packaging machines and machine tools. Design engineers often have to build their own gantry systems to give an X-Y or X-Y-Z unit, and this involves making many special components. To help engineers design such (more...)
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Cost-effective emergency stop safety mechanism for cable managementCost-effective emergency stop safety mechanism for cable management

The fully-featured igus PPDS condition monitoring system is usually only implemented as a safety feature for cable management applications in large scale projects, such as offshore cranes. The cutting edge tool is able to monitor the condition of the energy chain system, alert the maintenance (more...)

Cutting cable stripping time in halfCutting cable stripping time in half

igus UK, a leading expert in dynamic cabling for energy chains, has devised an intelligent solution to strip back long lengths of cable both quickly and easily. By integrating a tear strip into the cable jacket, CFRIP simplifies the stripping back of the cables, especially for those with (more...)

Small, lightweight and lubricant-free system for positioning small loadsSmall, lightweight and lubricant-free system for positioning small loads

Linear drive expert igus UK introduces the drylin SLN-27 miniature linear axis with polymer bearings and an optional NEMA 11 certified motor. Developed specifically for simple handling tasks in confined spaces, this high-performance miniature linear drive offers design flexibility for positioning (more...)
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Cost-effective, flexible linear guide rail requires no maintenanceCost-effective, flexible linear guide rail requires no maintenance

Design flexibility is a fundamental factor for applications in the agricultural, vehicle manufacturing, medical, printing and packaging industry sectors, which is why the cost-effective, fully-assembled linear slide rail and carriage drylin W from igus UK is a popular choice.drylin W presents many (more...)

A critical decision: cables for dynamic applicationsA critical decision: cables for dynamic applications

In today's sophisticated machines, the need for moving power and data supply is increasingly common. But, if safe and reliable operation is to be achieved, choosing the correct cable for these applications is a critical decision. Justin Leonard looks at the factors that must be considered and (more...)

igus helps enhance the movie and gaming experienceigus helps enhance the movie and gaming experience

On looking to replace expensive PTFE-lined metal bearings in its home theatre, gaming and cinema seats, D-BOX Technologies - a designer and manufacturer of sophisticated motion systems for the entertainment industry - approached plastic bearing specialist igus. The seats use three types of (more...)

Easily import igus chainflex flexible cables into EPLANEasily import igus chainflex flexible cables into EPLAN

EPLAN Electric P8 users can now easily configure and import igus chainflex cables, complete with connectors, directly into their EPLAN projects in minutes. Why chainflex cables? In dynamic applications where cables are used to connect moving parts of a machine, cables may have to move backwards and (more...)
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Modular hybrid bearing rolls and slides in virtual silenceModular hybrid bearing rolls and slides in virtual silence

The drylin hybrid linear bearing system presents a unique combination of plain and roller bearings. It is based around the drylin W linear guide family and has been designed to fit within its dimensional envelope without increasing the design width of the range.What makes the hybrid linear bearing (more...)
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Tightly sealed with igus RX energy tubesTightly sealed with igus RX energy tubes

When supplying energy to machinery, particularly in areas where exposure to dust, dirt, chips and fluid etc is a problem, one issue machine builders have is how to prevent the energy supply from being damaged. For industries such as machine tools and even in general mechanical engineering, cable and (more...)

New design of energy chain is up to 37% lighterNew design of energy chain is up to 37% lighter

Energy chain expert igus UK has completely redesigned many features of its quiet chain - the fast, quiet, and low-vibration E6 series. The second generation E6.1 is up to 37 percent lighter, even quieter than its predecessor, easier to assemble and makes new solutions possible. For ten years now, (more...)

Energy chains supply power on 117m rideEnergy chains supply power on 117m ride

When commissioned to design the iconic theme park ride 'Star Flyer' - an extreme vertical Chair-O-Plane - in Vienna, ride designer Funtime Industries faced the mammoth task of specifying a reliable moving system to supply power up to the top of the 117 metre tower.One of the biggest (more...)
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igus c-chain for continuous movementigus c-chain for continuous movement

Energy chain innovator igus UK has developed the new c-chain energy chain system, which allows machine signal and media to be carried in continuous motion.The intelligent c-chain design concept originated from a solution igus developed to eliminate the empty runs that conventional pick and place (more...)

Bearings catalogue

Igus has compiled its new Bearings Catalogue for 2011, which is available on request in hard copy format or to download directly from the website. (more...)
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Guide trough assembly made simple with igusGuide trough assembly made simple with igus

Guide troughs are used to enable energy chain to glide smoothly and securely over travel lengths stretching from 5 metres and upwards, depending on the type of chain used.The new guidefast trough system, developed by plastic energy chain specialist igus UK, is a simple modular design that comprises (more...)
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Why you need an igus energy chainWhy you need an igus energy chain

Energy chain expert igus UK has specialised in plastic energy chains since 1971 and, through material and technological advancements, is the market leader in this field.But what is an energy chain, and why do you need one?Justin Leonard, igus Product Director for energy chains, explains more, in (more...)
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Why you need igus chainflex cablesWhy you need igus chainflex cables

Energy chain expert igus UK has specialised in plastic energy chains and flexible cables for many years, introducing the first range of dynamically flexible cables for energy chains in 1989.Since then through material and design developments, and exhaustive testing, igus has become the market leader (more...)

Pickchain helps make pick and place tasks more efficientPickchain helps make pick and place tasks more efficient

Conventional handling and conveyor applications in production use, which use linear motions for pick and place tasks, tend to be inefficient due to the continuous back and forth movements. By comparison, the Igus Pickchain operates with a continuous circular motion with no wasted start and return (more...)

Lubricant-free linear drive fully assembled with NEMA motorLubricant-free linear drive fully assembled with NEMA motor

Linear drive expert Igus UK is now supplying DryLin E actuators with polymer bearings complete with a NEMA certified motor. The compact, light and quiet system is available ex-stock, individually configured to the required length.Engineers have been using DryLin modules for many years now, fitting (more...)

Taking plastics offshoreTaking plastics offshore

In an increasing number of mechanically and environmentally challenging applications, steel is being displaced by plastic, not least because modern plastics are superior to steel in terms of performance, life and cost-effectiveness. Justin Leonard of igus UK examines this trend in the offshore (more...)

Igus celebrates 20 years in the UK

Plastic bearing and cable carrier expert Igus UK has marked its 20th year in the UK. The company celebrated this anniversary at its UK facility in Brackmills, near Northampton.Managing Director David Chapman, who was one of four founding members at Igus UK, commented: "Over the two decades the (more...)
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Assembly tools for opening and closing energy chains in one goAssembly tools for opening and closing energy chains in one go

The new E4 assembly tool range, from the energy chain specialist igus, is set to make the building of all E-Chains a whole lot simpler.In general Energy Chains are easy to assemble and dis-assemble by using a simple screwdriver, however this can be time consuming, especially when access is (more...)

Energy Chain guide system for vertical movement eliminates need for troughsEnergy Chain guide system for vertical movement eliminates need for troughs

Energy Chain expert, igus UK has launched Guidelok Slimline (SL), a system designed to safely guide cables at heights up to 262 feet (80 metres).Guidelok SL is designed for vertical Energy Chain applications, such as those found on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses, as well as (more...)
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Polymer linear bearings suitable for extreme environmentsPolymer linear bearings suitable for extreme environments

DryLin linear bearings from linear expert igus operate on glide pads unlike the more common re-circulating ball bearing systems. The igus iglidur J, J 200 and X materials are ideal for most linear applications due to their positive wear and friction properties; being made of standard iglidur (more...)
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Plastic ball bearings suitable for extreme environmentsPlastic ball bearings suitable for extreme environments

Xiros plastic ball bearings from igus are designed for applications where the use of grease or lubricants is prohibited. The food and drinks industry, in particular, bans the use of such substances altogether. The design of igus xiros ball bearings is the same as conventional steel bearings, (more...)

Plastic contaminants easily detected with standard toolsPlastic contaminants easily detected with standard tools

Igus has added detectable plastic variants to its Igubal bearings range to meet the needs of the food and drinks industry, where modern production lines can be quite complex and are increasingly automated. At each stage of the line sophisticated metal detectors and X-ray machines are installed to (more...)
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Quiet and reliable cable carrying for distances up to 800mQuiet and reliable cable carrying for distances up to 800m

The low maintenance, modular P4 roller Energy Chain from igus allows a reliable energy supply system to be implemented on long travel distances up to 800 m. In comparison to conventional roller energy supply systems, where the top and bottom rollers run over each other, the igus P4 roller Energy (more...)

Pre-assembled Energy Chain system delivered and installed onsitePre-assembled Energy Chain system delivered and installed onsite

Energy Chain specialist igus UK is an expert in all areas of cables and cable carrying equipment. Available to purchase as individual components, igus can design, build and deliver a pre-assembled system to the customer's exact specifications known as a Ready Chain. igus Ready Chains offer a (more...)

Igus UK awarded ISO14001

Northampton based polymer specialist Igus UK is proud to announce that it has achieved ISO14001 certification. Part of an ongoing business objective to reduce the company's environmental footprint, the accreditation endorses the quality and environmental management systems Igus have in place. (more...)

Rapid prototyping has now got even fasterRapid prototyping has now got even faster

Want a part made from one of the Iglidur range of materials from Igus? Well, choose your material and you could have moulded parts within 24 hours. And the same process can also provide the essential bridge tooling you need to take you through to production of up to a few thousand parts.Polymer (more...)

Faster without wasted movementFaster without wasted movement

Igus is claiming a world first with its C-Chain, a continuously rotating energy chain. It eliminates the need to over design systems, saving both space and energy, allowing smaller, more efficient machines to be built.Opening up completely new directions for machine construction, Igus UK has (more...)

Control cables for energy chains now available ex-stock with 600V rating according to ULControl cables for energy chains now available ex-stock with 600V rating according to UL

Flex-resistant cable expert igus introduces the Chainflex CF5 control cables and the CF6 shielded cable as a new standard with 600V rating according to UL. After a short transition period the bundled cables, which are now suitable for world-wide machine export, will replace the igus CF5/CF6 (more...)

Faster without wasted movementsFaster without wasted movements

Opening up completely new directions for machine construction, igus UK has developed the world's first continually rotating energy chain. Rotating all the way around, the igus C-Chain can supply grippers, sensor systems and other units with energy, data and media without superfluous start and (more...)

Ski safe with IgusSki safe with Igus

A high end manufacturer of Telemark ski-bindings has incorporated Iglidur plastic plain bearings from Igus into their product. This has created a more reliable product and virtually eliminated maintenance requirements. Defective ski-bindings present a great risk to the safety of a Telemark or 'free (more...)

CC-Link-compatible cable for energy chains from igusCC-Link-compatible cable for energy chains from igus

Energy and data supply expert igus has now added a bus cable for the CC-Link industrial serial field bus system into its range. The data transmission properties of the Chainflex CFBUS.035 cable correspond to the CC-Link specification and have been tested and approved by the global coordinating (more...)

Igus solves laser alignment problem in woodworking industryIgus solves laser alignment problem in woodworking industry

When Global Laser was asked to provide a mount for its laser alignment system on a sawmill, limited working height meant that the standard static mount would not cast a long enough beam length. The proposed solution involved using a DryLin rail guidance system from linear technology expert (more...)

Low wear, low friction without lubricationLow wear, low friction without lubrication

Linear technology expert Igus has developed a completely new breed of hybrid linear bearing that both rolls and slides. Called DryLin WJRM, this innovative bearing system reduces driving force significantly and is particularly well-suited to applications that combine sliding and rolling movements, (more...)

Universal bus fibre optic cable allows tight bend radius without compromising attenuation characteristics

Energy and data supply expert igus has developed a new optical fibre cable, called Chainflex CFLG.2LB, which is suitable for all bus systems. This dual-core optical fibre bus cable is designed specifically for energy chain applications, where extremely small bending radii and high cycle life are (more...)

50m unsupported travel with new energy chain50m unsupported travel with new energy chain

Energy chain specialist Igus has developed a horizontal guiding system called Guidelok. The new system allows totally new energy chain solutions and is ideal for use in the machining industry; particularly where unsupported travels of up to 50m are required and metal chip debris makes a gliding (more...)

Save assembly time and costsSave assembly time and costs

So, your new robot has been delivered, and is standing proudly in position. All you have to do now is dress it with the appropriate control and data cables, sort out how you're going manage those cables, and plan how you're going to mount the likes of junction boxes, valve blocks, control cabinets, (more...)

New hybrid linear bearing combines rolling and slidingNew hybrid linear bearing combines rolling and sliding

Linear technology expert igus has developed a completely new breed of hybrid linear bearing that both rolls and slides. Called DryLin WJRM, this innovative bearing system reduces driving force significantly and is particularly well-suited to applications that combine sliding and rolling movements, (more...)

Pushing the boundaries with plastic plain bearingsPushing the boundaries with plastic plain bearings

Exactly 25 years ago in 1984, the year Apple introduced the Macintosh, polymer plain bearing specialist Igus began its material research. In addition to the thinner wall thicknesses that were easily achievable through injection moulding, new materials were continually being developed from this point (more...)

Energy chain now faster, stronger and lighterEnergy chain now faster, stronger and lighter

Igus has introduced a new range of products for port cranes at the TOC Europe in Bremen. The aims are to improve technique, increase lifetime whilst saving costs. The P4 Energy Chain system is available in two new sizes: P4.32 and P4.42. The P4.42 (42mm inner height) in a heavy-duty design is made (more...)

A basic guide to continuous-flex cablesA basic guide to continuous-flex cables

Cables constructed in layers are significantly cheaper to produce, therefore some manufacturers offer 'continuous-flexing cable' with this low-cost approach. However, these cables are often constructed without attention to pitch length, pitch direction or centre-filler design and typically have (more...)

The five major benefits of plastic bearingsThe five major benefits of plastic bearings

Some engineers hesitate to use plastic bearings in their designs. Maybe because they have trusted metal and bronze bearings for years or they simply don't think plastics can handle the tough applications or environmental elements. Plastic bearings, however, can endure extreme temperatures, heavy (more...)

Producing, testing and researching in CologneProducing, testing and researching in Cologne

With the overall increase in turnover of 16.5 percent, Igus, manufacturer of tribo-plastic components and systems, has closed its books on the business year 2007. The consolidated group turnover has increased to 276 million Euros from across its 26 branches around the world. Igus manufactures, tests (more...)

Achieve energy efficiency with 60 percent less consumptionAchieve energy efficiency with 60 percent less consumption

Energy chain systems not only transport energy, data and media to machines and systems. They also influence their energy consumption costs. How much pull-push force, or driving force, is required at a given speed to move an energy chain? How light or stable do energy chains have to be for minimum (more...)

Cable carriers minimise downtime costsCable carriers minimise downtime costs

GÜDEL Inc. uses reinforced plastic cable carriers from Igus to minimise downtime across its range of automated systems-from multi-axis robots and press-transfer systems, to factory-automation equipment and gantry robots. The cable carriers guide and protect moving cables and hoses to maximise (more...)

Calling all maintenance engineers

Igus has announced its engineers are available once again this year to examine energy chains and flexible cables free of charge before or during factory shutdowns in July and August.Those involved with maintenance or production are invited to take advantage of the free inspections either before or (more...)

DryLin EasyTube: the totally lubrication free compact linear moduleDryLin EasyTube: the totally lubrication free compact linear module

Igus UK has unveiled a new maintenance-free linear unit for format adjustments. DryLin EasyTube can be used for adjustment tasks up to 150N in vertical applications or 500N when installed horizontally. The system is temperature-resistant up to 80degC and has the option of a corrosion-free stainless (more...)

Energy supply systems for machine tool manufactureEnergy supply systems for machine tool manufacture

The machine tool industry in the UK holds a key position in general mechanical engineering. Everything from space telescopes to toy trains, from artificial hip joints to mobile phones are manufactured directly or indirectly using machine-tools. The focus is increasingly on cost reduction driven by (more...)

Five years instead of six monthsFive years instead of six months

DryLin R linear plain bearings from Igus are free from lubrication, robust and corrosion-resistant. The linear bearings with highly wear-resistant polymers are replacing metallic bushings in many cases. Maintenance intervals are shortened, service life increased.In a seat cover testing machine in (more...)

Igus awarded Supplier of the YearIgus awarded Supplier of the Year

Igus has been awarded the title "Supplier of the Year 2008" in the category "Crisis Management" by the machine and plant engineering company IMA Klessmann. Igus has been a partner to the woodworking systems specialist for more than 18 years, and equips CNC machining centres with (more...)

New energy chain series E4.1 available ex-stockNew energy chain series E4.1 available ex-stock

About two and a half years ago, Igus presented the first prototype from its new energy chain E4.1 series. Now, the complete supply range of this new generation of energy chains is available for delivery ex-stock. The new E4.1 family is a further development of the well-known E4 Igus system. It (more...)

NFPA 79-conforming cables for energy chainsNFPA 79-conforming cables for energy chains

For those who want to export machines and plant to the USA, there is often no way around the requirement for the new NFPA 79 approval. This standard, which originated in the construction field, prohibits the use of some AWM cables (UL Recognized) in machines. Due to the very high fire-resistance (more...)

Olympic gold with polymer bearingsOlympic gold with polymer bearings

Her lightweight bike weighing just only 7.3 kg, the German mountain biker Sabine Spitz won the Olympic gold in Beijing by a solid lead of 41 seconds. Also on the winners' podium were the lightweight Iglidur polymer plain bearings from Igus which were fitted into the precision Magura spring fork. The (more...)

Online pinout configurator: QuickPin 2.0Online pinout configurator: QuickPin 2.0

For many years now, Igus has been using the Internet to distribute and support its products globally. What started on a small scale about ten years ago has rapidly developed into an extensive online range. Today, the online shop comprises of around 80,000 different products with access to (more...)

Plastic energy chains replace steel chainsPlastic energy chains replace steel chains

Kronopol in Zary, Poland (part of the Krono-group in Switzerland), is one of the largest producers of particleboards and derived timber products in the world. It is the only company where all three types of derived timber product boards (particle boards OSB and MDF) are produced on one site. The (more...)

Safe data transfer for robotsSafe data transfer for robots

Bus system problems can occur during twisting applications in energy chains, particularly with shielded data cables, because the shields can get damaged and open up. This is not the case with fibre optic cables: These do not have a mechanically vulnerable shield braid, and they are insensitive to (more...)

Toothed belt drive for quick positioningToothed belt drive for quick positioning

Igus has developed a lubricant-free toothed belt drive, specifically for the low-cost sector for the fast positioning of small loads of up to 15kg. The new linear unit DryLin ZLW-0630 Basic is compact, very small and a lightweight design - a fast alternative to leadscrew drives or pneumatic (more...)

www.igus.co.uk for mobile phoneswww.igus.co.uk for mobile phones

Energy chain expert Igus is now offering a highly functional internet service that comes with an optimised display solution for mobile phones. On the company's web pages you can find operating instructions for all energy supply systems from Igus in the form of text, photos and short video clips. (more...)

Plastic bearings now offer over ten years' service lifePlastic bearings now offer over ten years' service life

The Igubal system provides design engineers with a complete range of self-aligning bearings that are made completely of tribo-optimised plastic. The type series from the bearings specialist Igus comprises rod end bearings, flange, pivoting and pedestal bearings, as well as ball and socket joints. In (more...)

Test drive a free cable carrier sampleTest drive a free cable carrier sample

Igus (UK) has announced it is giving away free cable carrier and continuous-flex cable samples as part of its newly-launched Sample Test Drive Program. The program is aimed at OEMs who want to evaluate the performance of Igus products before purchasing. It includes a free technical consultation with (more...)

Wind catcherWind catcher

Only a few years ago small wind turbines were manufactured using simple mechanical design and control technology. Today this has evolved into increasingly high-tech products which compare well with larger systems. Currently small wind turbines are used mostly for the power supply of houses, (more...)

Cables and connectors

Igus has introduced an online pinout configurator to its website, enabling you to configure cables and connectors online, request the price, order directly and generate an ePLAN electric P8 macro, free of charge for every cable. The whole process only takes a few minutes (more...)

Linear plain bearings

A key feature on the Igus stand at MTEC will be the DryLin R linear plain bearings that are free from lubrication and rust, and which are corrosion resistant. Igus says The linear bearings with highly wear-resistant polymers are replacing metallic bushings in many cases. Maintenance intervals are (more...)

Lubricant-free through the streets of BangalorLubricant-free through the streets of Bangalor

Polymer bearing company Igus, can point to a real Bollywood film to illustrate just how robust its iglidur plastic plain bearings are. In Bangalore and many other Indian cities motorised taxi rickshaws are fitted with the company’s lubricant-free polymer bearings. These are used as main hub (more...)

Linear guides feature adjustable clearanceLinear guides feature adjustable clearance

Adjustable clearance, lubrication-free running and resistance to contamination are current trends in linear technology. Keeping in line with these, plain bearing expert Igus has developed a DryLin W linear guide with a 'turn-to-fit' function for manual setting of the clearance. You decide (more...)

Eco benefits of plastic plain bearingsEco benefits of plastic plain bearings

A study has found that no less than half of all machine lubricants currently used seeps into soil and waters or evaporates into the atmosphere. According to a research team of chemists, mechanical engineers and environmentalists from the RWTH in Aachen, the estimates for Germany alone consume (more...)

First GigE cable for energy chainsFirst GigE cable for energy chains

At the last Vision trade show, GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) - as an alternative to FireWire, USB, and CameraLink - was referred to as the new future standard. The first camera manufacturers have already presented camera specific cables for the consumer market. However, the industrial market for visual (more...)

Innovations in energy and data supply for robotsInnovations in energy and data supply for robots

Igus has developed a new universal module called Triflex RS, specifically for robotic applications in very cramped conditions. The multi-axis robotic energy chain Triflex RS is always guided parallel and close to the robot arm, preventing a loop forming or cables becoming strained at the robot head. (more...)

Lubricant-free with angular compensationLubricant-free with angular compensation

Igus has expanded its range even further by introducing lubrication-free flange and pedestal bearings with plastic ball bearings. The new Xiros polymer ball bearings with angular compensation were developed for maintenance-free use in conveyer belts, track rollers and deflection rollers. The light, (more...)

Lubricantion-free high-temperature micro-bearingsLubricantion-free high-temperature micro-bearings

Igus, the expert in durable machine components and systems made of tribo-plastic (tribologically optimised special plastic), has further stretched the bounds of possibility. Tribology is the science of the interaction of friction, lubrication and wear, and forms the basis of Igus products. It has (more...)

Maintenance-free polymer ball bearings in new materials and dimensionsMaintenance-free polymer ball bearings in new materials and dimensions

Igus has recently expanded the Xiros plastic ball bearing range. The positive feedback from customers' has resulted in the Xiros maintenance-free polymer ball bearings becoming an independent product line. The name Xiros is derived from the Ancient Greek xsiros which means dry, and ball bearings (more...)

Nine advantages for the price of oneNine advantages for the price of one

Energy Chain and accessory expert Igus presented a new family of control cables at the Hanover Fair for use in energy chains across the machine tool industry. The oil-resistant Chainflex cables CF77 and CF78 have been developed for dynamic applications with high cycle rates under high loads.The new (more...)

Profile roller energy chain P4 for fast, quiet movementProfile roller energy chain P4 for fast, quiet movement

With the development of the roller energy chain more than 10 years ago, Igus has successfully designed a safe solution for the transmission of energy and data for cranes. Since then, energy chain systems have been proving their abilities in even the toughest of crane applications the world over. (more...)

Robust energy chain system for oversized outdoor screenRobust energy chain system for oversized outdoor screen

Located at the Victory Plaza in Dallas, Texas, just outside the American Airlines Centre, You'll find an oversized moving-screen LCD display, visible to everyone passing by. The Belgian Barco Group, a leading designer and developer of solutions for large-screen visualization has developed the (more...)

RWTH Aachen tests vibration behaviour of energy chainsRWTH Aachen tests vibration behaviour of energy chains

Energy chains are used in production equipment, robots and tooling machines to guide and protect cables and hoses. Sometimes vibration can occur on the support channel and at the towing arm during the movement. The laboratory for tooling machines (WZL) and business operations RWTH Aachen carried out (more...)

The largest plastic energy chain in the worldThe largest plastic energy chain in the world

Energy chain expert Igus has developed the largest ever plastic energy chain in the world for offshore applications on offshore oil drilling platforms. The new E4.350 is wear-resistant, maintenance-free and resistant to seawater and mineral oil. Its material is naturally corrosion-free and the (more...)

Triflex RS for compact cable guidanceTriflex RS for compact cable guidance

Plastic corrugated tubes used in robotic applications can bend and tear because they cannot absorb torsional movements very well. Energy chain expert Igus has already developed the Triflex R - a multi-dimensional energy chain system with complete freedom of movement in the X-, Y- and Z-axes. Now, (more...)

Energy and data supply for roboticsEnergy and data supply for robotics

Igus has developed a new universal energy and data supply module called the Triflex RS, specifically for use in robotic applications in very cramped conditions. This multi-axis robotic energy chain is always guided parallel and close to the robot arm, preventing a loop forming for cables becoming (more...)

Performance polymers in stock bars

Igus now offers its Iglidur materials as stock bars, which means users can benefit from using high quality self-lubricating polymers in any machined component. The 60mm-diameter solid rod is available in either Iglidur W300 or Iglidur J - two high-quality bearing materials not accessible elsewhere (more...)

Safe vertical guidance for energy chainsSafe vertical guidance for energy chains

When you're looking to improve productivity around your plant, then one of the areas to look at is running the likes of lifts, hoists and aisle stackers faster. Of course, that has implications for the cable management technology, but the various suppliers have helped by developing products (more...)

Igus starts the ball rolling with high temperature bearingsIgus starts the ball rolling with high temperature bearings

Igus now offers lubrication-free polymer ball bearings. According to the company, more and more customers were asking for maintenance-free solutions using roller bearings. So the company decided to fill the gap where standard materials were not effective by putting to good use its 20 years (more...)

New heights for plastic bearingsNew heights for plastic bearings

A 67 year-old Indian aviator, Dr Vijaypat Singhania, recently flew to 69,852ft and set a new world altitude record for a hot air balloon. UK expert Flying Pictures Space managed the project from design concept to manufacture, pilot training, launch and recovery. Igus injection moulded polymer (more...)

Stainless steel linear guides

Igus has developed a stainless steel version of its DryLin W linear guide especially for corrosive environments. DryLin W Stainless was designed principally for the food process and packaging industries and for chemically exposed and underwater applications. The rails are made of V4A high-grade (more...)

Record-beating run for downhill racerRecord-beating run for downhill racer

Lotus Engineering's stunning Type 119B gravity racer beat the course record for downhill racing at the Brooklands Soapbox Derby in Surrey recently with the help of Iglidur G polymer bearings from Igus. The engineless car recorded a fastest time of 67.7 seconds in the race, which was more than 4 (more...)

Outstanding applications of plastic bearings

Igus has announced the winners of the 2006 Manus Plastic Bearing Design Awards, its competition for challenging and innovative applications using polymer plain bearings. The concept behind Manus is to promote new and original ways of using plastic bearings and to encourage awareness of the (more...)

First magnetic energy chain available worldwideFirst magnetic energy chain available worldwide

It doesn't glide, it floats. The new LeviChain energy chain for long distances from Igus is claimed as the first energy chain available that floats in a magnetic force field and is therefore almost wear-proof and nearly silent running. Possible application areas include cleanrooms, medical (more...)

Six star stadium for German football clubSix star stadium for German football club

When the England versus Portugal quarter final FIFA World Cup match kicked off on 1st July, no one knew for sure how it would end (although we had our suspicions). An issue far from anyone's mind, however, was the energy supply system's ability to perform beneath the pitch to relocate the turf after (more...)

Cable carriers ATEX compliant since 2002

Igus developed its specially designed, electrically conductive polymer material more than ten years ago and has been offering its ESD energy chain cable carriers for protection in potentially explosive areas since 1992. The energy chains conform to the ATEX 95 directive for manufacturers. This (more...)

Building on the benefits of polymer linear bearings

Igus is continually developing its range of linear products, with a good example being the Drylin W family. The modular system consisting of anodised aluminium, die-cast zinc housings and plastic plain bearings enable the best possible use of space. Guide rail widths of between 40 and 80mm allow (more...)

Food friendly bearings

Easiweigh is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of automatic weighing equipment. The company discovered it needed to source a new bearings manufacturer, because cleaning agents were causing metallic rod ends on a pneumatic cylinder to fail. Corrosion resistant polymer rod ends from Igus were (more...)

Cables for dynamic applicationsCables for dynamic applications

Cables for dynamic applications Igus has manufactured its own range of cables since 1989. The high-flex cables withstand the stress of tight bending radii in moving applications and deliver longer life at lower cost. As an expert in the cable carrier industry, Igus sought to understand why, at (more...)

New extreme bearing materialNew extreme bearing material

Igus has unveiled a new ‘extreme’ polymer material: Iglidur Z510. This material compound has been developed by Igus to meet the combined requirements of applications demanding permanently high operating temperatures of 260°C with those needing high pressure resistance and dimensional (more...)

Marine industry gets revolutionary hingeMarine industry gets revolutionary hinge

A gap in the market has led New Zealander Paul Edmondson, technical design consultant to the Mirabella V yacht, to pioneer a business designing unique hinges for the marine sector. Vosper Thornycroft, the company responsible for manufacturing the worlds largest single masted yacht, created a seven (more...)
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