How vessels at new container terminals connect to shore power

Solutions that improve efficiency when handling bulk cargo from increasing vessel sizes are all the more essential when speed and fast turnarounds are needed. Does traditional, stationary shore power fit into this picture? What do shore power connections look like for new terminals?


LCR 4.0 case study: Heap & Partners

Founded in 1866, Heap & Partners designs and manufactures industrial valves, instrumentation and associated equipment. Based in Wirral, the company distributes its products to a range of sectors across the UK including oil and gas, chemical, nuclear and life science.


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 offshore e-chain helps power vessels in open sea LNG terminals safely

LNG terminal are looking into new ways to supply ships with shore power, as opposed to using dual-fuel diesel engines (DFDEs) to offload their cargoes, in a bid to reduce noxious gas and particulate emissions. These engines are capable of burning a range of fuels, from heavy fuel oil to boil-off-gas (BOG) from the LNG load.


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.



The ‘omniphobic’ material that repels everything

A materials science researcher at the University of Michigan has demonstrated a smooth, durable, clear coating that repels just about every known liquid, an advance that could grime-proof phone screens, countertops, camera lenses and countless other everyday items.


How to connect 55m power cables from ship to shore

In this week’s video, we see the shore power e-spool system undergoing rigorous testing at the igus laboratory. As you will see the motorised cable reel with electric drive winds and unwinds up to four cables or hoses (power, data, air or media) and testing has been completed for 17,000 cycles. It can be installed on the vessel or terminal and supplies power while at berth. Assuming one ship to shore connection per day, the predicted lifetime of the system is 47 years.


Smart windows use liquid to switch from clear to reflective

Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed prototype windows that switch from reflective to clear with the simple addition of a liquid. The switchable windows are said to be easy to manufacture and could help keep parked cars cool in the sun or make office buildings more energy efficient.


WAGO energy distribution solutions

Whether it’s through wind power, solar power, water, biogas, or conventional resources, WAGO control technology offers a wide range of possibilities for automating the energy distribution network. Over 500 I/O modules ensure a safe, reliable and balanced distributed power grid in almost any environment.


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 turnkey solutions can be implemented on-board

Popular on ships where dynamic positioning operations take place – such as during the installation of sea based wind turbines - an azimuth thruster is a configuration of marine propellers that can be rotated 360 degrees around the vertical axis. The unit provides propulsion, steering and positioning thrust for much better manoeuvrability compared to the traditional fixed propeller and rudder system. Retractable thrusters can be retracted into the hull when not in use, thereby reducing the ship’s drag.


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.



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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