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  • How did UL verify our cable guarantee and service life calculator?

    How did UL verify our cable guarantee and service life calculator?

    Before UL officially verifies an organization’s marketing claims, they perform an independent, objective, scientifically based audit of their product/process. Learn about the stages of our audit here.

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  • Lead Screws and Polymer Nuts for the Packaging Industry: Convert Rotary Motion into Maintenance-free Linear Motion

    Lead Screws and Polymer Nuts for the Packaging Industry: Convert Rotary Motion into Maintenance-free Linear Motion

    Leads screws with metal nuts may have been your go-to solution in the past, but opting for high-performance polymers in the future could increase the service life of your application. Learn more here.

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  • How Does a Linear Actuator Work?

    How Does a Linear Actuator Work?

    Learn about the different kinds of linear actuators, as well as how both rod-style and track-style actuators work. Selection tips are included, as well as descriptions of component parts.

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  • How to choose the right piston ring for your application

    How to choose the right piston ring for your application

    Slot design, fixing groove depth and width, and material all play an important role in the performance and lifetime of your piston ring.

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  • The Pros and Cons of Plastic Bearings

    The Pros and Cons of Plastic Bearings

    Some cons of using plastic bearings include that they cannot handle extreme load capacities, extreme temperatures or high rotations per minute. Pros include the ability to handle edge loads and more.

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  • What is a cable bend radius and why is it important?

    What is a cable bend radius and why is it important?

    Time and again we talk about the bend radius of our energy chains and cables. Here, we will take a closer look at what that means exactly and why the bend radius is so important.

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  • How high temperatures affect plastic plain bearings

    How high temperatures affect plastic plain bearings

    At what point are temperatures "too high" for plastic plain bearings? You could check the material's data sheet, but that info is usually an approximate figure applied under certain conditions.

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  • 2022 Vector Awards: Gain Recognition, Receive Cash Prize for Your Innovative Energy Supply System Application

    2022 Vector Awards: Gain Recognition, Receive Cash Prize for Your Innovative Energy Supply System Application

    The Vector Awards is a way for us to recognize and award the ingenuity of our customers. We want to hear about your design challenges and how igus products helped you solve those problems.

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  • Why do we guarantee the service life of chainflex cables?

    Why do we guarantee the service life of chainflex cables?

    A cable lifetime guarantee based off of data from decades of extensive testing reduces the likelihood of unplanned downtime and makes it easier to plan for cable replacements.

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  • Why does a plastics company manufacture cables?

    Why does a plastics company manufacture cables?

    Realizing our customers needed a flexible cable solution that could withstand a variety of movements, igus® decided to design and test cable series – and chainflex® CF1 was born.

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  • igus® Cyber Week 2021: Free Standard Shipping with a Tree Planted for Every Online Order

    igus® Cyber Week 2021: Free Standard Shipping with a Tree Planted for Every Online Order

    This year, you can take advantage of Cyber Monday during the entire week at igus® and make a difference in the process.

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  • igus in the news: VP Rick Abbate discusses 3D printing and the future of additive manufacturing

    igus in the news: VP Rick Abbate discusses 3D printing and the future of additive manufacturing

    Design News caught up with Vice President Rick Abbate to talk about why igus has invested in 3D printing, how that service benefits customers, and what the future holds for additive manufacturing.

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  • What are the requirements for an underwater motor?

    What are the requirements for an underwater motor?

    With a large amount of motors currently on the market, not many are capable of handling submergence underwater. Discover why that is and how you can tell if a motor is suitable for underwater use.

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  • An Introduction to Self-Aligning Plain Bearings

    An Introduction to Self-Aligning Plain Bearings

    Self-aligning refers to the fact that the bearing can handle various types of motion, such as tilting, oscillating and linear motion, not just axial in the case of a rotating shaft.

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  • How Does a Slew Ring Work?

    How Does a Slew Ring Work?

    Two concentric rings make up the main structure of a slewing bearing. The outer ring usually lies flat against a motionless surface and is screwed into place via evenly spaced mounting holes.

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  • VAVE optimization in the automotive industry: Identifying competitive advantages during product development and series production

    VAVE optimization in the automotive industry: Identifying competitive advantages during product development and series production

    VAVE (Value Analysis/Value Engineering) is an effective method of improving technology, optimizing processes and reducing costs. Learn how igus parts can help automotive manufacturers do just that.

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  • What are initiator cables and where are they used?

    What are initiator cables and where are they used?

    Initiator cables connect control units and different sensors, or, in the case of reversal of the measurement principle, actuators.

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  • How to Make a Linear Actuator Move Faster

    How to Make a Linear Actuator Move Faster

    For screw-driven linear actuators, change the lead screw’s pitch to increase speed. For example, instead of using a standard 10×2 pitch, increase it to 10×5, 10×10 or even 10×50.

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  • What is PROFINET FastConnect?

    What is PROFINET FastConnect?

    FastConnect technology ensures that a cable can be set down, harnessed, and connected in just a few steps, reducing cable assembly time by up to 46%.

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  • How can I recognize the thread direction of my lead screw?

    How can I recognize the thread direction of my lead screw?

    The thread cutting direction right or left can be easily determined with a visual inspection. In this blog post, learn how you can tell difference.

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