The igus® motion plastics blog

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  • What Are the Different Types of RV Slide Out Mechanisms?

    What Are the Different Types of RV Slide Out Mechanisms?

    When designing the ideal RV for your customers, knowing which RV slide-out system will work best is key. In this post, read the differences between each type.

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  • How Do We Actually Test Our chainflex® Cables?

    How Do We Actually Test Our chainflex® Cables?

    In this post, we take a deeper dive into the actual ways that we test our cable & how we are able to provide you with accurate service life information.

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  • How a Simple 3D-Printing Template Became 240,000 Face Masks

    How a Simple 3D-Printing Template Became 240,000 Face Masks

    Read about how the manufacturing world came together to 3d print Prusa's face-shields, and how igus® increased production via injection molding.

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  • 3 Tips When Choosing Bearing Dimensions

    3 Tips When Choosing Bearing Dimensions

    There are a lot of application factors that can affect your bearing requirements. Read these 3 tips to keep in mind when choosing your bearing dimensions.

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  • How Do Plastic Linear Plain Bearings Work Without Lubrication?

    How Do Plastic Linear Plain Bearings Work Without Lubrication?

    In this post, Matt Mowry goes deeper into the construction of plastic linear plain bearings to demonstrate how they work without the need for any lubrication.

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  • Car Interior: 3 Areas Where Plastic Ball Bearings are Ideal

    Car Interior: 3 Areas Where Plastic Ball Bearings are Ideal

    In this post, read about the various benefits, both in regard to aesthetics and functionality, that plastic ball bearings can offer when designing a car's interior.

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  • Plastic Coupling Rods: Advantages for the Automotive Industry

    Plastic Coupling Rods: Advantages for the Automotive Industry

    In this post, read about plastic coupling rods and learn about all of the advantages that they offer for the automotive industry when compared to metal parts.

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  • Self-Lubricating Ball Bearings Are a No-Brainer

    Self-Lubricating Ball Bearings Are a No-Brainer

    In this post, read about how self-lubricating ball bearings are created and how they outperform metal across a wide range of applications and industries.

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  • Robot Cable Failures Part 2: What a Relief! Strain Relief, That Is

    Robot Cable Failures Part 2: What a Relief! Strain Relief, That Is

    Read part two of our in-depth series on robot cable failures to learn why strain relief is crucial to preventing cable failure & which options are available.

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  • How to Make a Lead Screw

    How to Make a Lead Screw

    Read about how lead screws are made, and the differences between the two manufacturing processes used: thread rolling and thread whirling.

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  • How to Calculate Surface Pressure for Plain Bearings

    How to Calculate Surface Pressure for Plain Bearings

    Read about the importance of knowing your application's surface pressure before choosing a bearing and how to calculate this on your own.

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  • Lose That Extra Weight Quick! The Benefits of Lightweight Linear Bearings

    Lose That Extra Weight Quick! The Benefits of Lightweight Linear Bearings

    Read about the various benefits behind using lightweight linear bearings within your application, such as increased mobility and reduced costs.

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  • What is a Linear Actuator & Why Would You Want One?

    What is a Linear Actuator & Why Would You Want One?

    Read about what actually defines a linear actuator & why they are more in-demand than ever, along with the various types available for linear motion applications.

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  • Robot Cable Failures Part 1: What’s Flexibility Got to Do with It?

    Robot Cable Failures Part 1: What’s Flexibility Got to Do with It?

    Interested in learning why robot cables fail? Part 1 of this blog post will cover the first main cause of cable failure and explain the differences between flexible and torsion-rated cables.

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  • Does Industry 4.0 & IoT Make Sense for Offshore Machinery?

    Does Industry 4.0 & IoT Make Sense for Offshore Machinery?

    Read about some of the new smart plastic solutions from igus and how they are changing the way we approach maintenance for offshore machinery & applications.

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  • The igus Story Part 2: Expansion, Automation & the 21st Century

    The igus Story Part 2: Expansion, Automation & the 21st Century

    Read part two of the fascinating history of igus®, which focuses on international expansion and the development of several innovative product lines, including automation.

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  • What Does BUS Stand For?

    What Does BUS Stand For?

    Learn about BUS systems and the necessary cables, along with the important role that they play within industrial communication.

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  • What is a Medium Voltage Cable?

    What is a Medium Voltage Cable?

    Read about how to classify a medium voltage cable based upon where it is used, and the important role that they play within a power grid or application.

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  • igus' Crystal Ball: How We Predict the Service Lives of Our Cable Management Systems

    igus' Crystal Ball: How We Predict the Service Lives of Our Cable Management Systems

    igus® goes beyond expertly installing your e-chain® cable carrier. Read about how igus® can accurately predict the service life of your system.

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  • Sealed Bearings: What are the options?

    Sealed Bearings: What are the options?

    Sometimes the best solution is an antiquated one! This post reviews how a felt ring protects the bearing and shaft and helps avoid hundreds of hours of maintenance.

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