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Video of the Week: how to build low-cost robotic systems using igus® robolink® – part 2: gears22/03/2017

This week’s video is the second in a four-part series demonstrating how quick and easy it is to build your own versatile robotic systems using modular, low-cost and easy-to-assemble robolink kits from motion plastics specialist, igus.

New igus® servo cables with the world's smallest bend radius16/03/2017

The new CF29 servo cable series from igus offers possibilities for energy supply to drives, motors and industrial machines. For users with demanding requirements such as very low ambient temperatures, particularly small installation spaces or extremely heavy duty applications, the CF29 range extension is ideal.

Video of the Week: how to build low-cost robotic systems using igus® robolink® – part 1: joints15/03/2017

This week’s video is the first in a four-part series demonstrating how quick and easy it is to build your own robotic systems using modular, low-cost and easy-to-assemble robolink kits from motion plastics specialist, igus.

Video of the Week – How to select the correct cable for moving applications08/03/2017

Justin Leonard, the-chain director at igus, examines the reasons for cable failures in applications that require motion and looks at various factors to consider when selecting a moving cable that will work reliably over millions of operations.

Experimental race motorcycle uses igus® plastic bearings28/02/2017

Introduced in 1999, the Yamaha YZF-R6 was the world’s first 600cc production four-stroke motorcycle producing over 100 horsepower in stock form. Since then, Yamaha has incorporated a number of upgrades to improve speed and engine performance. The R6 engine has also been used in the nationwide Formula Student race series, where university students design and build single seat racing cars that are then raced at the iconic Silverstone circuit.

Video of the Week – predictive maintenance turns from an art to a science22/02/2017

It’s a challenging problem to accurately predict reliability with limited data. That’s why over the years igus has built up a huge database of life calculations and other engineering information about the performance of its bearings, cables and energy chains in various applications.

igus® introduces SLTI3 – a custom, 3D printed linear module21/02/2017

carriages and end blocks laser sintered from iglidur I3 material With the introduction of the drylin SLTI3 linear axis, motion plastics specialist igus is taking a completely new approach to drive technology. By enabling machine builders to 3D print the carriage and end blocks from high-performance iglidur I3 tribo-SLS material, igus offers the highest degree of variability in linear axis design. Produced within 48 hours of order placement, these self-lubricating and maintenance-free lead screw units can be built cost-effectively and to customer requirements.

Choose longer life with motion plastics from igus® at Scotland Works17/02/2017

Motion plastics specialist igus will be participating in this year’s Scotland Works, exhibiting at Maintenance Scotland. During the event, which runs from 3rd to 4th May at the SECC Glasgow, igus will highlight to machine builders and system integrators the many benefits of switching from metals to engineering plastics, particularly for bearings and energy chains.

igus® Video of the Week – chainflex® CF.INI sensor and actuator cables15/02/2017

In this week’s video, learn more about chainflex CF.INI from motion plastics specialist, igus, sensor and actuator cables designed for machine and plant operation. These robust cables are ideal for dynamic applications requiring movement in industrial machines.

igus® augments chainflex® servo cable offering for machine tool applications09/02/2017

igus adds to its chainflex range with the introduction of chainflex servo cable families developed specifically for machine tool applications. Machine builders are offered the option of selecting the most cost-effective cable, guaranteed to work reliably based on the required profile of the bend radius, travel distance and speed.

Video of the Week – Matthew Aldridge talks motion plastics08/02/2017

In this week’s video, Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus in Northampton, introduces motion plastics. Sounds a little space-age, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no. Motion plastics are engineering plastics developed specifically for moving applications – in particular, bearings and cable management systems.

Video of the Week – igus® tribo-filaments take on the soapbox challenge01/02/2017

In this week’s video of the week, igus engineers compare the abrasion resistance of 3D-printed plastic parts made of iglidur I180 and standard ABS materials. However, to make the test procedure more exciting, the engineers decided to 3D print plastic plain bearings out of each material and insert them into the wheels of a soapbox car.

igus® bearings help Rega glide to a vinyl revival31/01/2017

Since Record Store Day began in 2007, the music industry has been enjoying a sustained vinyl revival, with vinyl sales growing consecutively every year since. Vinyl is now the only music format that is consistently growing year-over-year and is more popular than it has been since the late 1980s. From a low of 0.1% in 2007, UK vinyl sales have grown exponentially and now represent 1.5% of total music sales. Although overall sales of physical product were down by 13% in 2012, vinyl bucked this trend, with sales rising by 18%. More than two million LPs were sold in the UK during 2015, and these resurgent sales of music on vinyl generated more income for UK artists than 27 billion YouTube and Vevo streams last year.

Made for Offshore: igus® set to exhibit key solutions at Subsea Expo27/01/2017

At this year’s Subsea Expo, which runs from 1st – 3rd February at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Aberdeen AECC), motion plastics expert igus (stand 182) will present its specialised solutions for the subsea industry from bearings to energy chains and cables.

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