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Plastic parts from igus UK are being used in wind power applications from the development stage right through to the final production unit.

Wind power

Common problems within wind power plants are not only the noise pollution that is generated but also the high maintenance requirements of the turbines themselves. According to igus, however, its plastic parts differ from the generic standard mechanical components thanks to technical properties such as self-lubrication, resulting in smooth operation and low noise. The iglidur PRT dry-running slewing ring bearing can be used for high torques over any diameter, while the plastic iglidur J sliding elements are maintenance and lubrication free.

A solution to guiding cables within rotary movements is the RBR (Reverse Bend Radius) energy chain, which allows rotary movements of up to 540°. In addition, the cables are kept compact and protected inside the machine.

At the core of the wind turbine, another versatile product from igus is the Twister Band energy chain, which can be used in installations either horizontally or vertically. It provides uninterrupted rotations of up to 7,000° and circular motions in small spaces. Complementing this is the triflex R 3D energy chain, a multi-axis energy supply system that provides safe rotation up to ±10° torsion per chain link.

Key benefits of plastic parts

  • Dry-running nature
  • Extreme weather resistance
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Lower overall running costs
  • Increased productivity

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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