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At the Engineering Design Show — which takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 22–23 October — Igus will be showcase a range of new products, including the Robolink D, Tribo tape, Tribo filament, the E-cord Micro and the CRC clean-room chain.

Available in three sizes, Robolink D is an articulated, directly driven arm that allows for up to six degrees of freedom. Visitors to the stand will be able to see a demonstration of a full Robolink D system in action. It is designed to be a different approach to the problem of creating lightweight, cost-effective configurable robotic systems, and the company said that unlike the wire-driven standard Robolink, the system is built on a series of directly driven joints, allowing higher payloads to be carried.

Visitors to the Igus stand (D20) will also be able to see Tribo tape, which is made from self-lubricating Iglidur A160 material and is coloured blue for easy identification in the food industry. With its excellent wear characteristics, it is suitable for lowering friction in a range of applications where there are sliding surfaces.

Another introduction for 2014 is the Tribo filament, a material developed specifically for 3D printing prototypes suitable for dynamic bearing applications. The filament, which is compatible with conventional ABS 3D printers that use the FDM method, is up to 50 times more abrasion resistant than the usual 3D printer materials.

In addition, Igus will be showing the E-cord Micro, designed for the safe guidance of capillary tubes. Capillary tubes are often routed in miniature hoses, whose diameters measure just a few millimetres and must not be bent in radii of less than 45mm in dynamic applications. Permanently secure routing in pre-defined radii poses a technical challenge, solved by the E-cord Micro, which is made of elastic tribopolymers.

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

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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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