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Improve technology and reduce costs

For years the igus® motto has been "plastics for longer life®". By this we mean the production of innovative plastic products which reduce maintenance work, achieve technical improvements, at the same time as reducing costs and increasing service life, everything delivered immediately from stock.

Our customers were able to improve the technology and reduce costs in more than 590 applications.
Some examples:

Longest travel in the world - no more downtimes

The longest travel with plastic energy chain  

The e-chain systems® today clearly contribute toward reliability, as system downtimes, for example through cable breaks, are reduced to zero.

Cables defy heat, sun, rain and snow

LED screen  

Previously used cables from a competitor had failed; since then the temperature-resistant chainflex® cables are used; the larger-than-life size LED screen in Dallas functions in any weather.

Rough environment, high speed

Special machine construction  

Even in particularly aggressive ambient conditions like in this high speed machining center, energy supply systems prove their reliability.

Costs saved, machine
availability increased

Beverages industry  

As iglidur® plain bearings have a long service life, and in addition need not be lubricated and costs only a fraction compared to conventional bearings, 90% of the costs could be saved.

More than Euro 10,000 saved each year

Fully automatic tire fitting lines  

The previously used bearings were blocked and the shafts used to break. The lubricant-free igubal® flange bearings used instead have been operating since May 2007 without failure. This saved Euro 2,440 in repair costs and Euro 8,400 in machine stoppages each year.

Trouble-free operation instead of shaft destruction

Concrete pipe cutter  

Due to the dirt accumulation in the ball bearings, the balls were blocked and the shafts were destroyed. The concrete cutting machine has now run for over three years entirely free of troubles despite the extremely heavy-duty operation.

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Heavy fillings

e-chains® for heavy-duty uses: Guiding of the supply cables of a quenching chamber, which moves toward the linked vacuum ovens.

Heavy fillings    

Adhesive resin system

In the case of this adhesive resin system, a lifting platform moves upwardto a height three or four times a day to empty barrels with a volume ofapprox. 200 litres.

Adhesive resin system    

Plastic e-chains® replace steel versions

After six months they used to be finished; finally no more failure thanks to plastic e-chains®.

Plastic e-chains® replace steel versions    

Screen lifter for large displays

Lifting heavy loads

Screen lifter for large displays    

Hand-operated water pump

Resistant to wind and rain

Hand-operated water pump    

Ship-to-shore-crane

This ship-to-shore crane can not only lift the container and set it down again, the whole crane girder can be moved vertically

Ship-to-shore-crane    

Control robot

This robot in a car factory is the “supervisor” over five smaller robots that supply it.

Control robot    

Sludge treatment

The largest plastic e-chain® in the world, the E4.350, is used for this application.

Sludge treatment    

Movable melting furnace

The special requirement with this furnace system was the movement of the filled furnace weighing a total of 45 tonnes.

Movable melting furnace    

Shrinking machine

The challenge was to find a linear guide that can work reliably and quickly under these tough conditions.

Shrinking machine    

Sliding door

The door, which is about 3 metres high and 1.7 metres wide, is supported by a drylin® W linear guide. The good gliding properties allow the door to be moved without any problems.

Sliding door    

Assembly robot

The stones used can weigh anything up to 4,000 kilogrammes. This means a heavy-duty load for all the components used.

Assembly robot    

Jetpack

Since temperatures of several hundred degrees Celsius occur here, the pilot must wear fire and heat-resistant clothing. The bearings used also have to withstand the high temperatures and pressures.

Jetpack    

Testing equipment for trains

Trains are tested for their electro-magnetic compatibility in a shielded hall here.

Testing equipment for trains    

Patient lift

The manus® contribution submitted here is the new development of a patient lift for ambulances for transporting patients who are able to sit in the vehicle.

Patient lift    

Collision Avoidance
System]

These applications test systems that will make driving cars safer.

Collision Avoidance  System]    

Transporter for steel coils

Heavy steel coils are transported here. The energy supply is recessed into the floor.

Transporter for steel coils    

Anti-magnetic linear drive

An innovative linear drive for transporting loads with or without guides.

Anti-magnetic linear drive    

Assembly robot

This robot lifts heavy work pieces weighing up to 1.7 tons.

Assembly robot    

Mounted sweepers

Maintenance-free polymer plain bearings for rugged mounted sweepers

Mounted sweepers    

Bottling plants

Positioning with maintenance-free igus® lead screw units.

Bottling plants    

Stage hoist

drylin® W linear guides in a lifting platform for concert hall.

Stage hoist    

Container cranes at the CTA

Energy and signal supply to the container cranes at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder - twelve trouble-free years

Container cranes at the CTA    
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