How high motion plastics are used in commercial vehicles

Commercial vehicles, such as telescopic loaders and dumper trucks, must cope with the harsh everyday life of moisture, risk of corrosion and often inappropriate handling. igus makes this possible with its energy chains, chainflex cables, linear systems and polymer plain bearings that are characterised by their long-term functional reliability, particularly in failure-prone areas. They are cost-effective, maintenance-free and do not require additional lubrication.


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’.


How high performance polymer parts are used in utility vehicles

Utility vehicles, including buses, telescopic loaders and commercial good vehicles, have to withstand very tough working conditions and need to work reliably even in bad weather. igus makes this possible with its energy chains, chainflex cables, linear systems and polymer plain bearings that are characterised by their outstanding resilience and long service life.


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.



Patents for driverless cars - where are we now?

Matt Jones, partner at Intellectual Property law firm, EIP, discusses where we are when it comes to applying for patents and how the current state-of-play may affect emerging technology such as driverless cars.


More than meets the eye: The real-life Transformer

Japanese firm Brave Robotics and amusement park ride manufacturer Sansei Technologies have developed a robot, called the J-deite RIDE, that transforms into an electric car that can transport people.


'Soft' robots that can move on their own

A new class of soft robot, composed of ultrathin sensing, actuating electronics and temperature-sensitive artificial muscle that can adapt to the environment and crawl, has been announced by researchers at the University of Houston.


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 install a safe shore power supply

Port authorities are looking into new ways to supply ships with shore power, as opposed to using their diesel-driven generators, in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions. In this week’s video, igus introduces an innovative modular cable feed system. Easily installed at defined mooring points, the system enables the safe supply of energy, thanks to an extendable energy chain and highly flexible chainflex cables – also available DNV GL certified.


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.


UK’s first autonomous grocery deliveries take place in Greenwich trials

The TRL-led GATEway Project together with Ocado Technology have performed the UK’s first trials of an autonomous CargoPod vehicle around the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The real-world trials saw CargoPod, a self-driving delivery vehicle, operate in a residential environment, delivering grocery orders to more than 100 customers.


Keeping Audi ahead of the game

FANUC’s acclaimed industrial robots are delivering unrivalled speed, reliability and consistency for AUDI Hungaria, helping the company reach its targets, with typical annual production of 2 million engines and 135,000 cars.


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.


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.

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