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Plastic materials specialist igus will showcase a range of tribopolymer materials for the plastics design and moulding industry at this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding event.

Visitors to the company’s stand will be able to see tribo-tape; made of a tribologically optimised material that exhibits low friction and excellent wear resistance, it can be applied onto any working surface to improve sliding properties and features maintenance-free characteristics. The product is available in two materials: food-grade iglidur A160, which is coloured blue for easy identification; and iglidur V400, which is extremely wear resistant, even at temperatures up to 200°C.

igus will also show a tribo-filament for 3D printers. The material has been developed specifically for engineers who wish to create structurally robust prototypes or small-batch components for testing in real-world applications. The filament, which is compatible with conventional ABS 3D printers that use the FDM method, is available in two materials: the wear-resistant iglidur I170-PF and the flexible iglidur I180-PF.

Also on display will be a range of plastic energy chains that are resistant to corrosion and impact and yet are light in weight. Available in a selection of designs and sizes, e-chains are made of tribopolymers that offer high UV, temperature and precipitation stability over long working lives. They are also available in materials optimised for specific use, such as in ESD/Atex environments and in detectable and FDA-complaint materials for food, packaging and medical applications. 

In addition, the company will exhibit a range of plain bearings, ball bearings, cable management systems and continuous flex cables, as well as linear systems that can be used to help designers to optimise production processes and reduce costs.

Event information 

  • Name: Plastics Design & Moulding 2015
  • Location: Telford International Centre, Telford
  • Dates: 16–17 June 2015
  • igus stand: C028

Igus

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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