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At last month’s Hannover show, igus launched 155 new products and line extensions for the industrial automation industry.

Machine builders and system integrators in the industrial automation industry, as well as medical and automotive industries, use corrugated tubes as an integral part of the energy supply system. During Hannover, igus presented a new concept: the e-skin. In contrast with corrugated tube systems currently available, this easy-to-open hose is modular so it can be easily shortened or extended in the field. It is also self-supporting for short runs and is suitable for use in cleanroom environments.

For added reinforcement of existing corrugated tube systems, the snap-on e-shell provides a more controlled movement path.

With the new robolink D generation of direct-drive articulated arms, made of plastic and aluminium, robot manufacturers and machine and equipment builders can develop four-axis robots both quickly and easily without burning too deep a hole in the pocket.

In addition, igus presented one of the lightest linear guides in the world made entirely of plastic, which helps machine builders meet the growing industry demands for additional weight saving, noise reduction and stability.

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Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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