igus introduces the world’s first modular energy chain made of steel and plastic
Sep19

igus introduces the world’s first modular energy chain made of steel and plastic

igus has developed its first plastic-steel hybrid energy chain for telescopic applications, such as cherry pickers, telehandlers and boom lifts. Compared to conventional steel energy chains which are sometimes used in these applications, the new YE.42 e-chain is half the weight. It also provides up to 10m unsupported travel, which is 50% more than for plastic energy chains. “Previously, mobile machine builders...

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Video of the Week – How igus tests cables in energy chains at sub-zero temperatures
Jul18

Video of the Week – How igus tests cables in energy chains at sub-zero temperatures

Only real long-term tests under realistic conditions provide useful information about the reliability and service life of cables in energy chains. In this weeks’ video, we head over to Cologne to visit our climatic test chamber. Here chainflex cables move continuously in energy chains where they are subjected temperatures down to -40°C; this is not done just once but millions of times. Travelling over a distance of...

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Extremely mobile – with loads up to 500 tons – igus energy chains in an ‘XXL’ size process crane
Apr09

Extremely mobile – with loads up to 500 tons – igus energy chains in an ‘XXL’ size process crane

Kranbau Köthen GmbH has built a crane with a lifting capacity of 500 tons and a special design whereby the weight distribution in two axes can be finely balanced using a special shaft end support. Here, signal and energy transmission take place via energy chains and cables from igus.‘Anything but standard’: this describes the development and production programme of Kranbau Köthen in a nutshell. The company has been manufacturing...

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igus innovations take centre stage at this year’s Advanced Engineering Show
Oct05

igus innovations take centre stage at this year’s Advanced Engineering Show

At the 10th Anniversary of the Advanced Engineering show, 31st October to 1st November, igus will present its latest innovations developed through pre-tested products designed specially to fulfil the needs of engineers. The products showcased on the stand, D32, have been through rigorous testing at its 2,750m² test facility. This was the case when teams from igus developed a honeycomb structure to provide unique strain relief...

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Increase plant safety and cut maintenance costs with smart plastics from igus
Jun05

Increase plant safety and cut maintenance costs with smart plastics from igus

Since its launch in 2016, igus has been developing its family of smart plastics with improved ‘isense’ sensors and monitoring modules that add intelligence to energy chains, cables, linear guides and slewing ring bearings. They measure, among other things, wear status and alert the user early enough to plan repair or replacement. The new isense modules are equipped with a serial interface and can be easily integrated into a control...

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unique energy chain applications wanted – vector award goes into the sixth round
Dec03

unique energy chain applications wanted – vector award goes into the sixth round

Motion plastics specialist igus has announced a call for entries for the vector award 2018. Now in its sixth year, the biennial event recognises the innovative use of energy chain systems in numerous applications, from handling energy and data safely on the arm of an industrial robot to an outdoor camera system that films high-speed track events without interruption and vibration. The winners will be selected by an expert jury...

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igus guidefast control system for the manual control of indoor cranes
Sep04

igus guidefast control system for the manual control of indoor cranes

More and more crane technology companies rely on modern cable guidance with energy chains. With the new guidefast control system, igus has now developed an energy supply system that can also feed a manual overhead crane pendant on indoor cranes. Quick and easy to assemble, the guidefast control needs only a small installation space and can be adapted to suit almost any crane application. While energy chain systems are becoming the...

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New generation of smart plastics from igus adds more intelligence for greater plant availability
Jul19

New generation of smart plastics from igus adds more intelligence for greater plant availability

Predictive maintenance plays a key role in Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow. Supporting this future, igus has added more sensors and monitoring modules to its smart plastics family for more intelligence – warning of potential failure in good time before unplanned and costly downtimes occur. The new isense EC.RC (e-chain Run Control) monitors the operating status of the energy chains, especially in guide troughs used on...

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igus cables guaranteed to run reliably in hot and cold environments
Dec24

igus cables guaranteed to run reliably in hot and cold environments

rigorous testing confirms real-world service life data for all chainflex cables – whether running at -40degC or +60degC Motion plastics specialist igus has announced that it now provides guaranteed temperature ratings for all chainflex cables operating in fixed and moving applications, as well as for cables in energy chains. The announcement follows the installation of a second climatic test chamber during the company’s recent test...

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igus to showcase Industry 4.0 solutions at Manufacturing Management Show
Oct07

igus 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 constantly, providing performance data and early warning of critical wear. Managing director of igus, Matthew Aldridge, will present a workshop at the...

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igus® highlights from Hannover Fair 2016
May10

igus® highlights from Hannover Fair 2016

Get a taste of the highlights from the igus® stand at Hannover Fair – the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. The igus® stand showcased 138 product innovations and additions to its portfolio. As well as substantial updates to the capabilities of its cables, energy chains and bearings, igus® showcased its affordable robotic arm kit and 3D printing technology, demonstrating its ongoing significant...

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