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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

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

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Up to 60% lighter - new carbon fibre linear guide

Up 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 additional advantages over metallic solutions by being stiffer and non-magnetic.

Available for travel lengths of up to 2 metres, the drylin W linear guide system is up to 60% lighter than a traditional steel rail system, and 40% less compared with, the 'light' alternative, an aluminium rail. This light weight system enables designers to develop a more cost effective solution - especially in aerospace and motorsport applications where weight may constitute money, or where high dynamic movements are important, such as robots for manufacturing. In addition, the carbon drylin rail is available as a completely metal-free belt drive system, which integrates plastic pulleys and xiros plastic ball bearings - all available from igus(r). Being completely free from metal, these linear guide systems can be used without restrictions within X-ray equipment.

"We have tested this system using iglidur L250 for the plastic carriage and have seen optimum wear and friction coefficients, meaning manufactures can benefit from a metal-free solution which, like all products from igus, requires no lubrication and is therefore maintenance free," says Rob Dumayne, director, igus. "The one piece carriage, combined with iglidur L250 tribo-optimised plastic, running on carbon fibre rails creates what may be the lightest linear system in the world."

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