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.