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On stand K72 at the Advanced Engineering Show on 11–12 November 2014, igus will showcase new products including tribo-tape, tribo-filament, the e-cord micro, the E4.1 energy chain and the CRC clean-room chain.

tribo-tape is made from self-lubricating iglidur A160 material and is suitable for reducing friction in a range of applications wherever there are sliding surfaces, while tribo-filament is a 3D printing material developed specifically for dynamic bearing applications. The filament, which is compatible with conventional ABS 3D printers that use the FDM method, is said to be up to 50 times more abrasion resistant than traditional 3D printer materials.

A range of igus’s energy chains will also be available on the company’s stand, including the e-cord micro energy chain for the safe guidance of capillary tubes.

Also on show will be the DIN ISO class 1-certified IPA-confirmed CRC clean-room chain, which operates in a leak-proof corrugated hose designed to prevent any potential contamination. The design serves to seal the e-chain system completely, as well as the connection bracket and strain relief.

The E4.1 light e-chain meets engineers’ and designers’ need for a strong but light e-chain. It combines the benefits of the E4.1 series’ ruggedness and the E2/000 system’s easy accessibility. A four-piece lightweight structure, the E4.1 light chain can be fitted with snap-open ‘extender’ crossbars on both sides along the inner and outer radius. The e-chain then offers a large interior-exterior dimension ratio and is therefore suitable for easy filling with large-diameter hoses such as vacuum and extraction.

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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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