LCR 4.0 case study: Valuechain

Software company Valuechain has been working with part ERDF funded business support programme, LCR 4.0 to improve its ground-breaking ‘DNA 4.0 smartfactoryvr’.


Measuring dynamic tilt with an IMU

Why would you want to know the dynamic tilt angle on a vehicle? Consider a classic example of a plane in the clouds. The pilot cannot see the ground, nor can he or she trust their instincts because they will feel a false gravity when the aircraft is turning. This means they need a dynamic tilt sensor which – in an aircraft – is often called a vertical gyro or the artificial horizon. Similar technology is used in automobiles.


Sketching in 3D with air scaffolding

A team of researchers from KAIST have developed a mid-air 3D sketching tool, combining the strengths of gesture and pen input. They say the technique will ease the way for ideation in three dimensions, leading to efficient product design in terms of time and cost.


Student-built Hyperloop pod smashes speed record

A group of students from the Technical University of Munich taking part in the third SpaceX run Hyperloop Pod Competition have set a new speed record. The WARR Hyperloop team's pod hit 290mph on the 0.75-mile test track, the third speed record for the German team in a successive number of test runs.



NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.




How to manage cables on robotic systems more reliably

This week Justin Leonard, the-chain director at igus, examines the issues that can occur with traditional corrugated tube, cable and hose management systems used on robots and explains how they can be overcome by replacing them with energy chains.


How to source the right manufacturing partner

We have collaborated with leading digital manufacturer, Proto Labs, to create a guide to sourcing the most appropriate and cost effective manufacturing partner for your project. Find out more in this short video where we talk to Damian Hennessey, director at Proto Labs, about our 'How to' Guide.



How our blue guide trough system can save time and money

The guidelite plus EG is an all-plastic guide trough system for energy chains, developed specifically for use in chemically corrosive environments, such as those found in galvanising plants and fertiliser production and handling facilities. The guitelite plus EG is significantly cheaper than high-grade stainless steel, which is the traditional material of choice in these aggressive environments.


How robust is a stainless steel leadscrew module?

This week’s video is well worth the watch… as we see a new product being set on fire. igus’ new stainless steel option to its drylin SHT range of leadscrew modules, made entirely of 304 grade stainless steel. To ascertain how robust this rugged module is, a madcap engineer at the company’s German headquarters in Cologne decided it would be fun to put the drylin SHT-ES through its paces.


How to manage energy supply safely to great heights

In this week’s video, igus introduces a compact 3D energy chain system for cranes and work platforms. The e-drum routes energy, data and media, such as air and liquids, safely to great heights.


How smart plastics turn Industry 4.0 concepts into reality

In this week’s video, Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus in the UK, hosts a webinar where he explains how smart plastics can help machine builders and system integrators implement and deliver Industry 4.0 technologies in equipment and factories.


Hypersonic reusable spaceplane design gets sign off

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for a reusable spaceplane. The XS-1 program aims to build and fly an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would provide short-notice, low-cost access to space.


How cycloidal gearboxes offer up to 60% efficiency savings

Cycloidal gearboxes or reducers are excellent for use in low-cost robotics applications, where high positioning accuracy with low backlash are required. In this week’s video, igus introduces a new cycloidal gearbox made from self-lubricating and maintenance free iglidur plastic.


Long life plastic gears from igus

igus has extended its range of 3D printing materials with the addition of iglidur I6 for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). Characterised by a wear resistance at least six times higher than that of standard materials, iglidur I6 is well-suited for printing high-wear parts, such as gears, offering a particularly long service life.


How to extend service life of plain bearings and reduce costs

Replacing traditional metallic bearings with high-performance tribopolymer parts will extend service life and reduce costs, particularly in demanding environments where water or caustic chemicals are present. Typical applications include equipment used outdoors and those requiring wash-down, such as food and beverage or pharmaceutical processing.



How ‘lean’ can igus energy chains be?

This week we take a close look at the E4.1L series, which igus developed specifically to save on assembly time. In comparison with standard interior separation, using the E4.1L ‘lean’ interior separation system provides up to an 80% time saving.


Highlights of Hannover Messe 2017

In this week’s video, Dr Stefan Kombüchen runs through key highlights from igus at the recent Hannover Messe. Around 166 new products and accessories were on display, from 3D printed plastic gears with an outstanding service life, to bionically-inspired strain relief cables.


How robotics can make a book into a real page turner

If you have a suction pad, digital scanner and a robolink arm, you too can put the printed word on to the silver screen. This week’s video is an elaborate demonstration of a book scanner using a robolink articulated arm to turn the pages automatically between each page scan.


How to improve vertical cable management using energy chain guide troughs

In this week’s video, find out about the new guidelok slimline P.S energy chain guide trough for vertical applications, ideal for narrow applications, where space is limited. Vertical applications, including materials handling and access, storage and retrieval systems, as well as elevators, cranes and hoists, often require such a cable management solution.

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