Producing foodstuffs is becoming more and more challenging. This is not surprising, considering there are currently 7.8 billion people on earth, with an annual growth rate of more than 80 million people. Furthermore, over half of the world's population is drawn to big cities - and everybody needs to be provided with food, such as fruit and vegetables. With the rise of mega-cities and ever-larger metropolises, the question arises of new sustainable ways of food production that enable large cities to be more self-sufficient and conserve resources. One such new way is vertical farming (also called indoor farming), farming on a vertical level indoors. The limited space available in urban areas, which hardly allows for conventional arable land and conventional agriculture, is moved vertically, high transport costs and CO² emissions are avoided and the greatest possible economic benefit is generated.
The machines used in vertical farming usually work in a highly sensitive environment, and the demands on the components installed are correspondingly high. With its wide range of maintenance-free products, igus ensures a reliable operation. By dispensing with external lubricants, low-abrasion and FDA-compliant materials and the highest hygiene standards, contamination of the crops is prevented. In addition, our motion plastics score points with their resistance to corrosion and dirt. Our Low Cost Automation systems enable cost-effective farming throughout the year and a fast return on investment.
All products are tested for wear and durability under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. The results are entered into our tools to calculate service life and allow for precise predictions regarding their durability.
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely tailored conditions.
The fully automated indoor farming systems from the Scottish company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) have to be highly precise and at the same time operate with low friction and be easy to maintain. The drylin linear robot system used in the IGS towers meets all requirements and keeps maintenance and hardware costs low. An inspection after one year of operation did not reveal any significant wear on the bearing shell.
The Langhoff family breeds giant red worms that are used by anglers, for example, as feed worms for animals, for hunting or as a natural fertiliser producer for gardens and greenhouses. For around ten years, father Martin Langhoff, has been developing his own systems to facilitate everyday work for the family business in order to improve the breeding process and make it more effective. Used in water, soil, and dirt, the robust igus components have become a reliable partner in vertical farming. ...
A special crossbeam system from the American manufacturer Living Green Farms, provides irrigation for many plants in an empty warehouse on 4,000 m². The igus e-chains provide a secure energy supply without maintenance for the aeroponic work, where nutrient-enriched water is transported directly to the plant roots.
Flexible low-cost robots for automated sowing, weeding, harvesting, etc.