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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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Handling system

Robotic handling system for circuit boards. Flexible energy supply system in use in clean room technology.

Handling system    

UV reflectors

A UV radiator unchanged for 10 years was reconstructed and improved in the details. The iglidur® Z flange bearing reduces here the costs and the amount of maintenance.

UV reflectors    

Photovoltaic tracking system

Wind, sand and sun: Plastic plain bearing for solar technology

Photovoltaic tracking system    

Photovoltaics

Dust, sand, heat and rain: Energy chain for the solar technology for multiaxial movements in a photovoltaic plant.

Photovoltaics    

Highly energy efficient water pump for developing countries

Long-lasting and cost-effective

Highly energy efficient water pump for developing countries    

Cleaning robot

Light and clean

Cleaning robot    

Solar powered mobile robotic vehicle

This vector contribution concerns a completely surprising use for an e-chain®.

Solar powered mobile robotic vehicle    

Solar vehicle

The use of chainflex® cables achieved an increase in efficiency in this solar vehicle

Solar vehicle    

Test rig for solar systems

This test rig was able to be built thanks to the use of igus® e-chains®.

Test rig for solar systems    

Photovoltaic tracking system

Automatically aligning the photovoltaic tracking systems to the position of the sun with the aid of lubricant-free plastic plain bearings produces a particularly high efficiency.

Photovoltaic tracking system    

Solar energy on a sailing boat

For protection against outdoor influences the connection cables of the solar cell were mounted in an E2 micro energy chain.

Solar energy on a sailing boat    

Solar silicon growth equipment

Previously, metal bearings and linear guides were used, which rusted quickly and therefore required frequent maintenance.

Solar silicon growth equipment    

Solar cleaning robot

For solar systems to retain their entire performance capacity, they have to be cleaned at regular intervals, particularly in sandy regions.

Solar cleaning robot    

Parabolic mirrors

This solar thermal power plant also obtains energy from the rays of the sun, without fossil fuels.

Parabolic mirrors    

Solar aircraft

The prototype of the „Sunseeker Duo“ solar plane is the world‘s first solar-powered two-seater.

Solar aircraft    

Hybrid solar system

This solar system can be installed either on its own or in combination with a wind turbine.

Hybrid solar system    

Solar plant

This solar system can be installed either on its own or in combination with a wind turbine.

Solar plant    

Solar technology

Lubricant and maintenance-free drylin® lead screw units for solar technology.

Solar technology    

Swimming pool cover

Despite high installation costs, the solution with ball bearings and shrink tubing never achieved a proper sealing. The problem could be solved thanks to igubal® flange bearings.

Swimming pool cover    

Solar vehicle

This solar car is a real lightweight.

Solar vehicle    
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