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UK engineers set to join global 3D printing workshop
Engineers across the UK are set to join an online workshop this month, to discuss and learn more about the 3D printing of plastic gears. igus has organised the event on Wednesday 28th October – for engineers across the globe to learn more about the 3D printing process, from prototype to production. The workshop – with two timeslots to choose from – will also explore in detail the use and application of the igus online service li...
igus presents new vehicle products on live automotive show
The igus Automotive Show, taking place on 22nd September, is being live streamed from the company’s news studio in Cologne. Experts from igus, which has its UK headquarters in Northampton, will unveil some of the company’s latest solutions for trucks and commercial vehicles. These will include new 3D-printed solutions for prototype development, sealed igubal double joints and the telescopic...
Energy chain helps generate environmentally friendly shore power
The e-loop energy supply series which increases safety and reduces procurement and installation time has been expanded to suit static applications, including shore power supplies. Shore power offers the provision of electrical power to a ship at berth so that its main and auxiliary engines can be shut down.
igus e-chain system in a linear motor robot
The linear motor robot from FIBRO LÄPPLE TECHNOLOGY (FLT) claims to be different from many other solutions, because it is twice as fast at half the weight. In order for the linear robot to be able to get production up and running quickly and reliably, a compact, durable and silent energy supply was required.
Discover the e-spool flex 2.0 cable reel
The new e-spool flex 2.0 from igus moves a single cable or hose safely and stows it away quickly whilst retaining an end-to-end connection. The new cable reel will guide a power or data cable or a hose for air and liquids without interruption.
icom.plus enables predictive maintenance for IT security
Being able to predict and plan maintenance is the goal pursued by igus with its smart plastics solutions. Intelligent sensors, for example, measure the wear of energy chains, chainflex cables, slewing rings and linear guides. With the new icom.plus communication module, the customer can now decide in which form they would like to incorporate the acquired data from the sensors.
igus single pair Ethernet cable for energy chains
Every day, sensors generate vast amounts of data worldwide and this continues to rise. Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) technology offers completely new opportunities to transmit these data streams reliably even in the most confined areas of the machine. Developed for use in energy chains, igus has introduced the chainflex CFBUS.PUR.042 SPE cable.
Drylin delta robots developed for medical technology
In this week’s video, igus has introduced a selection of the energy chains and cables, iglidur plain bearings and drylin delta robots developed specifically for medical technology.
Drylin linear robots for cost-effective automation
Simple, precise, fast processes: these are the requirements of Cartesian robots. They are used for such things as pick & place applications, sorting systems and medical technology. igus has now developed a line and room linear robot for large workspaces. The two new kinematics systems allow users to move up to 5kg. Both drylin linear robots are available directly from stock with no minimum order quantity.
New sizes to twisterband range for compact installation
igus has now added two new sizes to its twisterband HD range with inner heights of 11 and 18mm. The key advantage over slip ring systems is that it guides electrical, fibre optic and pneumatic cables all together. Target applications include rotary tables and robots.
Cables for Formula Student triumphant all-electric car
A team of undergraduates at Surrey University are pioneering Formula Student in the UK with an all-electric powertrain. Formula Student is the world’s largest student motorsport competition, which brings together teams from universities across the world.
Smart plastics sensor monitors glide bars in e-chains
High speeds on long travels are distinct challenges for energy chain systems. To overcome these issues, igus has developed a more wear resistant glide bar, which has a service life that is five times longer. Integrated into the rail is the smart plastics EC.T sensor monitors the condition of the rail and alerts the maintenance team in advance of a breakdown.
Universal clamp for cobots improves safety
When humans and machines stand shoulder to shoulder on the production line, safety at work is a critical issue. To ensure cables and hoses are reliably and compactly guided on cobots, igus has developed a universal clamp.
How can automation reduce cable assembly leadtime?
In this week’s video igus showcases its automated assembly line for readycable at its UK facility in Northampton. The new line uses fully-automated machines and lean manufacturing methods to streamline its assembly process to deliver fully-harnessed drive cables shipped within 24 hours of order placement.
igus’ robotic arm on The Gadget Show
During day to day business at igus UK, it is not unusual to get the odd phone call from customers and potential customers who have a novel idea on a new machine or concept. One Friday morning, a few weeks back, igus received such a call from the producer/director of The Gadget Show, a long-running television series on Channel 5 that focuses on consumer technology.
3D printed parts help get the wheels in motion
Wheelchairs are a wonderful brainchild, though no one is quite sure when it was first invented. The first one on record was made for Phillip II of Spain in towards the end of the 1500s. Since then, incremental developments have been made but the basic design (except for specialised sports wheelchairs) remains the same.
How to guide multiple cables securely for 200 full turns
The igus twisterband range has further extended its reach by providing compact horizontal rotations of up to 7,000°, which is nearly 200 full-turns, and vertical rotations of 3,000°. At speeds of up to 180°/sec, that is 30 full-turns in a minute.
New material optimises insulation for chainflex VFD and servo cables
The trend for variable frequency drives (VFDs) is moving towards more compact drives with the same or a higher performance level than their predecessors. The more compact design of the motors can result in higher temperatures within the system, compared to larger ranges of the same motors. The result is that the cable heats up via the connector contacts.
New chainflex hybrid cables for SEW and Siemens motors
A new hybrid cable for SEW and Siemens motors has been developed by igus, the CF280.UL.H, which is designed for use for use in energy chains. Engineers working in intralogistics, machine tool construction or the automotive industry have the added benefit of purchasing the chainflex cable with a 36-month guarantee, either bought by the metre or supplied as a ready-to-connect readycable.
Ethernet robot cable enables fast and reliable communication
A family of Ethernet/CAT5 chainflex cables, the CFROBOT8.PLUS, have been introduced by igus and designed specifically for 6-axis robots. Suitable for torsion angles up to ±360°, the cables have been tested in-house for several years and remain running fault-free for more than 15 million cycles.