igus Monthly Newsletter June 2014

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igus has had a busy month testing products and preparing for the 2014 World Cup. Read some excerpts about their activities below, or visit their website for full details.

Plastics for longer life® in applications

The P4 in this linear gantry is quiet, fast and efficient.

"Our specification required that the loading process needed to be standardised and simplified", the user Peter Vogl explains.

"This can only be accomplished with dynamics. And this quickly brings up the issue of the matching energy supply system." The profile-rol e-chain® P4.32 has proven its capabilities in the module from the start.

Quiet, fast, and with low abrasion – e-chain® for high-speed gantries

The rollers travel at an offset and minimise friction and the noise profile. Accurately tracking "autoglide" crossbars and a special aluminium trough keep it in the track. The smallest available bending radius of 75mm facilitates installation in confined space.

Aluminium trough construction kit for profile-rol e-chains® P4

The new trough system makes the entire guide system even smoother and lighter. The special trough shape reliably supports offset travel of the P4 e-chain®.

Rolling and adjusting – drylin® W hybrid carriages as ‘door openers’

The new hybrid carriage now represents an ideal solution whenever a lateral manual adjustment needs to be implemented without a secondary guide. It travels smoothly and nearly noise-free – completely without lubricants.

xiros® polymer ball bearings in new installation sizes

xirodur® B180 polymer ball bearings in combination with the PA cage and choice of glass or stainless steel balls provide long service life and an outstanding price-performance ratio.

How does the P4 perform in noise tests?

The profile-rol e-chain® P4 has become a standard for many crane manufacturers, and runs smoothly and with low vibrations due to its tribo-optimised rollers. The P4 underwent a noise test in the exterior grounds of the igus® lab. Various travel speeds up to 4m/s and various measurement parameters demonstrate that the general noise level is very low, and that the system travels with no vibration. The system has a noise level of 76dB at 4m/s. Read the entire test report here

Short linear stroke on various shafts

The igus® lab regularly conducts wear tests even on linear motions. Among others, this also involves an analysis of very short linear motions of 5mm at high frequencies, such as occur on actuators and in solenoid engineering. Read the entire test report here
Wear results are available for all iglidur® materials against a wide range of shaft materials. The chart only shows an excerp. If you are interested in the results of other pairings please contact us.

Humanoid robot showing promise

Light, rugged, and chock-full of high-tech: the potential of 3D printing is also seen in the collaboration between University Bonn and igus® GmbH. Both partners jointly developed a robot that will compete in July at the RoboCup World-Cup in Brazil. The exterior shape and load-bearing components consist of plastic parts fabricated with the laser sintering process. The new generation of football robots is light and mobile, and designed to withstand falls.

profile-rol e-chains® move the playing field of the VELTINS arena

"The world has never seen such a stadium ", FIFA President Joseph Blatter raves about the VELTINS arena at Schalke. One of its hallmarks is the mobile playing field. With the help of two space-saving profile-rol e-chains® and special cables made by igus®, it travels a one-way distance of 170m.

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