Soft robots use artificial muscles and skeletons to lift 1000 times their own weight

Humans have soft muscles and rigid skeletons, and when exerted in optimal sync they have the potential to lift large amounts of weight. A technique, created by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard’s Wyss Institute, mimics this natural arrangement by using soft muscles and rigid origami skeletons to allow a device to lift 1,000 times its own weight.

How the world really turns with igus

When founder Günter Blase first said: “show me your problem part and I’ll find you the right solution” this has become the motto of igus ever since. With more than 3000 employees between its head office in Germany and 35 subsidiaries, and representative partners in more than 80 other countries, igus certainly has a global reach - giving customers the local service they deserve.

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.

What you missed at this year’s Motek

In this week’s video, Artur Peplinski, vice president of igus in Germany, takes us through some of the highlights of the 112 innovations and product range extensions presented during this year’s Motek show in Stuttgart. The main themes were showing visitors to the stand how to reduce downtimes and configure products online and order them, both saving time and money.

How igus puts drylin through its paces

In the dry-tech test lab in Cologne, Germany, igus puts its’ self-lubricating drylin linear plain bearings, linear axes and lead screw modules through their paces.

10 top trends for modern machine tools

In this week’s video, igus highlights how its motion plastics are being used in modern machine tools to reduce costs and improve equipment performance. From lathes where hot chips occur to compact 5-axis milling centres and extremely fast linear robots, machine tools have to cope with a large number of challenges.

WAGO lighting solutions at LuxLive

Stand M45 at LuxLive sees WAGO present its wide range of solutions for lighting. From SMD through-board terminal blocks that open up new luminaire design possibilities, to automated lighting solutions that provide advanced lighting control with minimum complexity – watch the video to learn more.

How e-bone solves your personal cable management needs

As the motion plastics specialist, igus takes every step to develop innovative products and systems designed specifically for moving applications. igus engineers have taken that extra step by coming up with a simple, yet effective, product that solves a common cable management problem we all experience.

How e-chains help stacking cranes move more efficiently

Automated stacking cranes (ASC) are rail-mounted cranes used for stacking and moving containers. Working in pairs, they pick up and set down containers from dedicated areas located at each end of the stack. Here very long travel distances can pose a challenge to cable management, especially when speed and efficiency are essential for these ATCs that operate around the clock.

WAGO process solutions at PPMA

Stand A68 at PPMA sees WAGO present its wide range of solutions for process industries. From scalable modular I/O that allows companies to quickly ramp up capacity without compromising on cabinet space, to terminal blocks that ensure safe, reliable wire connections – watch the video to learn more.

How to guide and protect cables and hoses in land rigs

Energy supply systems on land rigs are subjected to dynamic loads, such as vibration, as well as environmental influences – all of which are major challenges for conventional service loops and steel energy chain systems, especially for top drive systems. Under these extreme conditions, heavy duty polymer e-chains from igus guide and protect cables and hoses offer many benefits.

10 reasons to change your metal bearings

In this week’s video René Achnitz, head of the iglidur bearings business unit at igus, gives 10 reasons why engineers should consider changing their metal bearings with iglidur tribopolymer bearings.

Soft robot climbs walls using vacuum

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. Made up of soft building blocks, it moves by having air sucked out of them. The robot can also be reconfigured to perform different tasks, like climbing vertical walls and grabbing objects.

How drylin linear technology will benefit your next application

drylin linear technology spans many different configurations and options for every application, from simple pick-and-place machines to high-tech 3D printers. This week’s video provides viewers with a quick overview of what’s available in the range and explains why engineers are choosing igus linear technology over another.

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.

Seventh heaven: FANUC robot provides perfect solution for narrow spaces

What could be better than a six-axes robot? The R-1000iA/120f-7B boasts seven axes for fast, strong and flexible movement, even in the narrowest of spaces. With a maximum payload of 120kg and integrated services, including Input/Output (I/O) communication and a compressed air system, you can be sure that FANUC’s R-1000iA/120f-7B series can become a flexible and reliable member of your team.

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 avoid guide wear on drive chains

Drives chains transmit mechanical power from one place to another a common industrial application is a conveyor. For these long runs, chain guides are used that are often made of Polypropylene or a similar low cost material. Wear problems that occur on these moving applications can be rectified quickly by means of stock plate made from high performance engineering plastics, such as iglidur.

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.