Published on 4th August 2022 | Container cranes in ports around the world will be even more powerful and fail-safe in the future. This is due to the fact that igus is launching P4HD.56.R – a new heavy-duty energy chain prepared for long travels, high speeds, heavy cable loads and Industry 4.0.
Published on 1st August 2022 | To make the digital creation of circuit diagrams even more effective, igus is publishing 2,046 new macros for the EPLAN planning software. The addition now also allows pre-assembled readycable cables to be visualised in the software within seconds. The cables are compatible not only with drive components from Siemens, SEW and Bosch Rexroth, but also with those from Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, B&R, Heidenhain and Fanuc.
Published on 27th July 2022 | Social transformation, responsibility for the environment and changes in the way we use plastics are receiving notice in industry. For customers interested in more sustainable designs for their moving applications, igus now offers an interesting alternative: four new materials made from recycled plastic are available in the new product range iglidur ECO.
Published on 27th July 2022 | Unplanned maintenance and production downtimes are amongst the biggest challenges industrial companies face. motion plastics specialist igus now offers everyone the opportunity to become a production manager themselves and take on this challenge – with the igumania online browser game. The idle game was developed with the help of the Unity game platform and immerses players in the world of motion plastics. Installing igus products reduces maintenance times in production so that machine downtimes are eliminated, even in the game. The igus corporate goal is also the goal of the game: improve what moves.
Published on 13th July 2022 | Whether mountain bikes for outdoor use, record-breaking light racing bikes or ultra-robust e-cargo bikes: igus will be presenting new components made of high-performance plastic as an alternative to metal solutions for the bikes of the future from July 13th to 17th at the Eurobike 2022 in Frankfurt – including light and lubricant-free polymer plain bearings for mountain bikes, wear-resistant gears for e-bike motors and robust rod ends for e-cargo bikes. Visitors will also be able to see the concept of a bicycle that consists of over 90 percent plastic on the exhibition stand.
Published on 6th July 2022 | Robots have long been an integral part of many areas of industrial manufacturing – and their range of tasks continues to grow in the wake of digitalisation. Whether for welding, painting, soldering or palletising, industrial robots work dynamically. A flexible 3D energy chain such as the triflex R from igus makes it possible to guide robot cables safely. To detect potential chain breaks due to extreme loads in good time and to avoid unplanned machine breakdowns, igus is presenting i.Sense TR.B, the world’s first breakage monitoring system for 3D energy chains at automatica 2022.
Published on 6th July 2022 | With a selection of 175 motion plastics innovations, the igus in-house exhibition is back on tour this year. Whether as a pop-up trailer or as an XXL road show truck: with the mobile trade show stand, customers have the opportunity to see and experience the motion plastics of interest to them directly on site. If you prefer digital information, you can also get to know the latest lubrication-free and maintenance-free tribo-components online at the award-winning virtual/real igus trade show stand.
Published on 6th July 2022 | Exciting innovations created by young start-ups and established companies spring up all over Germany every day. To bring both worlds together, promote groundbreaking developments and cooperate to develop new technologies, igus offers young founders financial backing: the motion plastics specialist from Cologne participates as an investor in the new high-tech start-up fund IV (HTGF IV).
Published on 28th June 2022 | With the T20 of the drylin W series, igus is launching a new linear carriage on the market, which has the same dimensions as most classic carriages with recirculating ball bearing guides. This enables a quick 1:1 replacement – without any structural adjustments. By using drylin W, applications benefit from freedom from lubrication, a long service life, less cleaning effort and reduced weight.
Published on 17th June 2022 | Reducing environmentally harmful emissions from global shipping: with this goal in mind, the Spanish start-up bound4blue has developed a novel propulsion technology – fully automated sails that significantly reduce fuel consumption. Lubrication-free and maintenance-free plain and radial deep groove ball bearings from igus are used.
Published on 15th June 2022 | Man, machine – or both? Humanoid robots are no longer science fiction, they are reality. igus has been researching humanoid robotics for some time and is now presenting a prototype of the motion plastics bot at the Hannover Messe: a humanoid robot that combines the advantages of high-performance plastics and Low Cost Automation.
Publishe on 10th June 2022 | Whether in an industrial environment or in a coffee machine, in order to maximize the service life of a linear guide and to keep the required drive energy low, it is important to reduce friction and wear as much as possible. igus, a motion plastics specialist, has now achieved a breakthrough in tribological plastics: With iglidur E3, igus has developed a new sliding material that has a friction coefficient that is up to 40 percent better and thus opens up design flexibility in linear technology for users for the first time from the classic 2:1 Rule expanded to 3:1.
Published on 10th June 2022 | Almost no limits on long travels, high dynamics, long running times – these are the characteristics that distinguish the innovative igus drive-chain. The world’s first energy chain with its own drive ensures significantly longer running times on extremely long travels because hardly any push/pull forces act on it. Across the globe, rail-mounted automated stacking cranes (ASCs) in ports are just one of the applications that benefit.
Published on 10th June 2022 | Acoustic walls shift as if by magic. Rows of seats emerge from the floor, ascending step by step like in a cinema. Gepber Szinpad, a Hungarian company, won the 2022 gold vector award with a multifunctional hall that transforms at the touch of a button. The judges at the Hannover Messe named the multifunctional hall the most spectacular energy chain application in the last two years – out of 233 entries from 36 countries.
30th May 2022 | German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, accompanied by Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, visited the booth of plastics specialist igus on the first day of the Hanover Fair. The focus of the conversation was the igus:bike, an innovative concept for sustainable urban mobility of the future. You can watch the visit of the Chancellor in a subtitled video recording here.
Published on 18th May 2022 | Cradle-to-cradle: This is the principle of the circular economy, which is abased on nature. The aim: to return consumer goods to the biological or technical cycle in order to conserve valuable resources and raw materials. The motion plastics specialist igus is also pursuing this goal and has now developed the world’s first energy chain made from recycled material on the basis of its own “chainge” e-chain recycling program.
Published on 18th May 2022 | With the iglidur i3000, igus is now presenting the world’s first 3D printing resin specifically for DLP 3D printing of wearing parts. This enables the additive manufacturing of particularly small, precise components with a service life that is 30 to 60 times longer than with conventional 3D printing resins. igus is also expanding its 3D printing service with DLP printers that achieve a resolution of 0.035 millimetres.
12th May 2022 | Normally, the annual press conference of igus GmbH takes place during the Hannover Messe. In 2019 still in presence in Hanover, since 2020 digitally. This year we are participating in the Hannover Messe again, but since it does not start until 30 May and we do not want to hold back our innovations until then, the press conference took place yesterday. The original broadcast was only for representatives of the press, the unabridged recording is now available to everyone. Enjoy!
Published on 12th May 2022 | igus has given its online configurator for low-cost gantry robots a facelift with the help of the game engine Unity, making it even more efficient to use. From now on, users can configure an individual ready-to-connect gantry robot even more quickly and easily - in just 5 minutes and with live price information. With the help of the online tools, each automation solution can also be programmed and tested directly in the selected workspace and the CAD data and a suitable drawing can be loaded.
Published on 28th April 2022 | Good news for users of the igus E4.1 energy chain series: newly developed roller chain links reduce required drive power by 37%. This allows customers to reduce their electricity costs in times of sharply rising energy prices.
22.04.2022 | The iF International Forum Design GmbH presents its awards in several categories and so we are pleased about another award, especially for the category industrial design. We are among the top 25 companies worldwide and are very pleased about this. At the same time, three of our new products were also awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD. For example, the significantly quieter and more wear-resistant xiros® two-component ball bearing.
22.4.2022 | The new product season is starting and we are delighted to receive another iF DESIGN AWARD award: we are one of the top 100 design winners in Germany for 2018 - 2022. The new iF Top label, which we are now entitled to carry, recognises designers who consistently occupy a leading position. The selection depends on the number and type of awards.
Published on 14th April 2022 | Requirements for machine components are becoming increasingly stringent: installing drives and allowing movements in even the smallest of installation spaces is a challenge that companies are facing in many areas. Now igus has refined its PRT-04 slewing ring bearing series to suit these applications exactly – with an extremely compact slewing ring bearing for even more space savings.
Published on 13th April 2022 | Adjusting the width of a stop edge or the height of a monitor: programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are often oversized for thousands of such simple automation tasks. The alternatives from igus are the stepper motor output stages D7, D8 and D9 of the dryve series. Among other things, they are characterised by their simple operation and low-vibration running. At the same time, the output stages are particularly favourable and available directly from stock.
Published on 31st March 2022 | Customers of motion plastics products – from drive cables to gears – continued to receive a very high proportion of their orders quickly in 2021. The 2019 plan to invest in production and supply chain helped meet the surge in demand. This intense scale-up will continue until 2023, also with a view to the Ukraine conflict. The enterprise’s goal gained focus: improve what moves in a CO2-neutral manner, with zero plastic waste and become “the easiest company to deal with.”
Published on 31st March 2022 | Since 2019, igus has been using its chainge recycling programme to give old energy chains a new life. Now, the motion plastics specialist is taking things a step further. Recycling begins at assembly. To avoid industrial waste, igus is organising return delivery of worn-out energy chains – and returning them to the material cycle.
Published on 17th March 2022 | Effective immediately, igus offers the ReBeL service robot – also as a smart version. At €4,970 (prices may vary from country to country) and only around 8 kilogrammes, the plug-and-play variant is one of the lightest cobots on the market. Digital services such as the RBTXpert and new online offerings enable customers to create complete automation solutions in just a few days that don’t break the bank.
Published on 15th March 2022 | Even tried and tested structures have potential for improvement. One example is the classic trapezoidal thread, which igus has refined. Thanks to a special geometric interaction between the lead screw nut, which requires no lubrication or maintenance, and the metal lead screw, dryspin technology promises a long service life, improved efficiencies, low wear and less movement noise. Now dryspin lead screw technology is available in eight new installation sizes.
8th March 2022 | Focus Money presented us with no less than two awards at the start of the year. In the study "Digital Champions 2022", social listening based on the topics of digitalisation, technology and innovation was carried out and a questionnaire completed by the companies surveyed was evaluated. In the "Technical Component Manufacturers" category, we took 2nd place with 87.9 out of 100 points. The "Company of the Year 2022" study recognises companies that have performed particularly well in the previous 2021 Social Listenings "Award Winner", "Highest Trust", "Customer Favourites" and "Germany's Best - Sustainability". Here we also took 2nd place in the "Technical Components" category (different name, almost the same competitors) with 97.3 out of 100 points. Both studies were conducted by the IMWF Institute for Management and Economic Research. We are delighted about these awards!
Published on 21st February 2022 | igus aims at further strengthening the company’s successful training model. In the “Germany’s Best Training Companies in 2022” study, the motion plastics specialist was awarded the third prize in the category rubber and plastics industry companies for its commitment to supporting young talent. But how does igus promote the next generation of skilled workers specifically? One answer: with their own trainee company.
Published on 15th February 2022 | The company igus is expanding its broad Low Cost Automation range with a new drylin XXL room linear robot. The linear robot has an action radius of 2,000 x 2,000 x 1,500 millimetres and is particularly suitable for palletising applications of up to 10 kilograms. The robot is available from 7,000 euros, including the control system, and is easy to set up and programme yourself using the do-it-yourself principle – without the help of a system integrator.
Published on 15th February 2022 | The company igus has expanded its wide range of iglidur round bars by no less than four materials; among them two for the food sector: the heat-resistant material iglidur AC500 and the resilient material A250. The extremely hard-wearing material iglidur H3 and the particularly wear-resistant endurance material iglidur E complete the product range. This makes it possible to mill and turn lubrication-free and maintenance-free prototypes and special components for a wide variety of applications.
Published on 7th Febrauary 2022 | Constant relubrication of metallic bearing points in the food industry costs time, money and increases the risk of contamination. Maintenance-free igubal spherical bearings from igus are an economical and safe alternative. Now, the motion plastics specialist is introducing a new model for higher loads. It is equipped with a stainless-steel housing, a self-lubricating polymer inner ring and a stainless-steel spherical ball. This allows for higher-load applications to be converted to future-proof tribo-technology.
10th February 2022 | As part of corporate social responsibility, igus India is partnering with Akshayapatra Foundation, an Indian non-governmental organisation based in Bengaluru. The organisation works to eliminate hunger in classrooms by introducing the Mid-Day Meal programme in government and government-aided schools. This provides healthy food for over 1.8 million children in India on every school day. The Indian subsidiary of igus supported with Happiness Kits for 308 children during the COVID Lockdown. Each of these kits consists of immune-boosting food, educational items and hygiene products.
3rd February 2022 | The Chicago Athenaeum, a private museum of architecture and design in Galena, Illinois, has presented the Good Design Awards for more than 70 years. The goal is "to create an awareness about contemporary design and to honor both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace." Good Design® was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, among others. We were awarded for our virtual-real trade show booth IMPS and six of our products and are very happy about it!
Published on 3rd February 2022 | Many designers of special machines and prototypes are under pressure. If they urgently need custom toothed belt discs beyond off-the-shelf products, delivery often takes several weeks. A waiting time that the 3D-printing service from igus has reduced to 48 hours. Users do not have to compromise on quality. On the contrary, the test series in the igus laboratory showed a significantly longer service life of the tribo-material for laser sintering compared to milled and injection-moulded POM parts.
Published on 3rd February 2022 | The plug-in energy chain system readychain speed from igus connects harnessed e-chain systems in seconds and without the use of tools. This helps reduce both throughput times in assembly and machine downtimes, and also brings planned maintenance work to a minimum. The ready-to-connect e-chain system thus saves 80% installation time. With the new readychain micro-speed, this is now also possible for very small applications and in particularly tight installation spaces.
Published on 27th January 2022 | It undertakes work that is lethal for humans: the remote-controlled robot “Crawler” restores the inner walls of pipelines in power plants. An automation that needs to be regularly maintained in order to protect the power and data cables from the harsh environmental conditions. Here, the US manufacturer Remote Orbital Installations LLC relies on the collaboration with igus.
Published on 27th January 2022 | The motion plastics specialist igus demonstrates an exciting new approach for linear carriages. A clip mechanism enables easy installation and removal from the linear guide in a matter of seconds.
Published on 27th January 2022 | Classic clamps provide strain relief for pneumatic hoses in energy chains. But if they are over tightened, the hoses can be crushed. This can lead to a loss of performance. The answer from igus: a new CFX series clamp with high holding force, which at the same time makes over-tightening impossible.
Published on 10th January 2022 | Nature is often the best model: The shape of the new igubal pillow block is based on the design principles of a tree. Flattened radii ensure maximum resistance to mechanical stresses. This bionic shape makes the housings with their high-performance plastics that require no lubrication or maintenance a real alternative to classic cast iron housing bearings.
Published on 10th January 2022 | In the industry, sparks due to a lack of electrostatic discharge can lead to expensive breakdowns of machines and systems and worst case explosions. In order to increase protection here, igus has expanded the range of lubrication and maintenance-free xiros guide rollers to include a dissipative variant made of stainless steel.
Published on 10th January 2022 | igus extends its range of iglidur tribological plain bearings for applications with special loads. The materials iglidur M210 and M260 are new to the range. They enable a quick changeover from thick-walled metal bearings to plastic bearings without any structural modifications. The advantage of a change is that the bearing points no longer require lubrication and are almost maintenance-free. They offer a significant time and cost advantage, especially in harsh environments in the daily operation of construction, agricultural and municipal machines.igus extends its range of iglidur tribological plain bearings for applications with special loads. The materials iglidur M210 and M260 are new to the range. They enable a quick changeover from thick-walled metal bearings to plastic bearings without any structural modifications. The advantage of a change is that the bearing points no longer require lubrication and are almost maintenance-free. They offer a significant time and cost advantage, especially in harsh environments in the daily operation of construction, agricultural and municipal machines.