The igus® motion plastics blog

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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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  • Put to the test: Are engineered plastic bearings resistant to aviation hydraulic fluid?

    Put to the test: Are engineered plastic bearings resistant to aviation hydraulic fluid?

    We placed two test specimens made of engineered plastic materials in 100% concentrated Skydrol LD-4 hydraulic fluid for 1,000 hours at room temperature. Here's what happened.

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  • What are the differences between flame-retardant and halogen-free TPE outer jackets?

    What are the differences between flame-retardant and halogen-free TPE outer jackets?

    Flame-retardant and halogen-free TPE are very robust materials that igus uses in high-end cables meant for challenging applications. But what are the differences between the two? Find out here.

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  • How igus® products help de-icing vehicles protect the lives of airline passengers

    How igus® products help de-icing vehicles protect the lives of airline passengers

    Frost, ice & snow collecting on airplanes can quickly compromise passenger safety. Luckily, de-icing vehicles help remove the build-up. Here, learn more about the de-icing process & how igus can help.

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  • What is Lean management and how does it work?

    What is Lean management and how does it work?

    Lean management helps increase the efficiency of your business by eliminating waste and other non-value-added operations. And it's easy to implement - just follow these 5 Lean principles.

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  • What Are The Health Benefits Of An Organized Home Office?

    What Are The Health Benefits Of An Organized Home Office?

    Discover how effective home office cable management can maximize productivity and improve your mental health.

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  • 6 Reasons Why igus® Bearings Are the Better Choice for Material Handling Robotics

    6 Reasons Why igus® Bearings Are the Better Choice for Material Handling Robotics

    Designing a material handling robot? Read this blog post to learn how dry-tech components from igus can help yours run maintenance-free.

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  • Prevent unplanned downtime and machine failures with “smart” plastic bearings

    Prevent unplanned downtime and machine failures with “smart” plastic bearings

    Last year, igus® developed an intelligent bearing with high-performance plastics to alert system operators of excessive wear before a machine failure happens.

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  • Blockchain, AI & Robotics: How Do They All Fit Together?

    Blockchain, AI & Robotics: How Do They All Fit Together?

    In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at artificial intelligence technologies, innovations in robotics, and public databases such as blockchain to present interesting synergies.

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  • Why Are Cable Conductors Made of Copper?

    Why Are Cable Conductors Made of Copper?

    Have you ever wondered why most cable conductors are made of copper and not another conductive material, like silver, gold or aluminum? And what's up with gold-plated plugs? Discover the answers here.

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  • Why Does a Cable Need a Shield?

    Why Does a Cable Need a Shield?

    In this blog post, you'll discover why a cable needs a shield and what appropriate shielding looks like for cables in linear and torsional applications.

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  • Are UV Disinfection Robots Here to Stay?

    Are UV Disinfection Robots Here to Stay?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an increase in demand for UV disinfection robots, but will the momentum keep up after things return back to normal? Find out here.

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  • How Plastic Linear Bearings and Bushings Can Really Float Your Boat

    How Plastic Linear Bearings and Bushings Can Really Float Your Boat

    The market for private watercraft is exploding. Take advantage of the opportunity by designing grease-free, corrosion-resistant systems for your powerboats. Here's how igus can help you do that.

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