The igus® motion plastics blog

Love reading about innovative polymer solutions for the industrial sector? Get insights and ideas from igus® experts within the igus® motion plastics blog—your home for industrial product news, engineering stories, and helpful tips and tricks for optimizing your system or application.

  • What Is the Maximum Tensile Strain of a Cable?

    What Is the Maximum Tensile Strain of a Cable?

    In this post, read about the maximum tensile strength of a cable within certain applications, and how chainflex® cables can help solve a lot of tension issues.

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  • chainflex® Flexible Cables Used at Great Heights

    chainflex® Flexible Cables Used at Great Heights

    In this post, read about what happens when cable is used at large heights, like port & terminal cranes, and how chainflex® cables can help avoid a standstill.

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  • Why Are Plastic Components Ideal for the Packaging and Food Industries?

    Why Are Plastic Components Ideal for the Packaging and Food Industries?

    In this post, learn why igus® plastic components are ideal for the packaging & food industries beyond being dry-running, hygienic & corrosion-resistant.

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  • Fiber Optic Cables For More Than Just Internet

    Fiber Optic Cables For More Than Just Internet

    Many of us are aware of the transmission benefits that fiber optic cable provides & in this post, we discuss more connections than just internet.

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  • Why Flexible Cables Are NOT a Wear-resistant Part

    Why Flexible Cables Are NOT a Wear-resistant Part

    In this post, we explain why flexible cables are not a wear-resistant part & also compare standard cables vs chainflex® cables.

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  • chainflex® Flexible Cables in Storage and Retrieval Units

    chainflex® Flexible Cables in Storage and Retrieval Units

    Since the requirements for storage & retrieval units are becoming increasingly complex, learn about flexible cables that can handle any job.

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  • What Goes on Inside Our Flexible Cables Test Lab?

    What Goes on Inside Our Flexible Cables Test Lab?

    In this post, learn about the chainflex test laboratory and the specific tests that are cables are put through daily.

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  • What Is a Corkscrew in a Cable and How Can You Avoid It?

    What Is a Corkscrew in a Cable and How Can You Avoid It?

    Many of us have dealt with corkscrewed cables before. In this post, learn what a corkscrew is, how it develops and, of course, how it can be avoided.

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  • Chainflex® Cables Used In Industrial Robots

    Chainflex® Cables Used In Industrial Robots

    In this post, read about chainflex cables at work within industrial robots and automation solutions.

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  • Hold the Cheese? Not for This Busy Iowa Production Plant

    Hold the Cheese? Not for This Busy Iowa Production Plant

    In this customer story, read about how a plant switched from a stainless steel cable chain to a plastic igus® energy chain to avoid downtimes.

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  • 7 Benefits of Automation for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

    7 Benefits of Automation for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

    In this post, learn some of the major benefits behind implementing automation solutions for your medium or small business.

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  • Why A Plastics Manufacturer Designed A Metal Component

    Why A Plastics Manufacturer Designed A Metal Component

    In this post, read about our new metal rod ends, which feature all of the benefits offered by our traditional plastic rod ends, but with metal housing.

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  • FDA-Compliant Magnetic Plastics to Keep Food Safe During Manufacturing

    FDA-Compliant Magnetic Plastics to Keep Food Safe During Manufacturing

    Read this blog to learn why magnetic plastic materials are crucial for the food industry, and discover a self-lubricating, maintenance-free product that helps keep food safe from plastic fragments.

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  • How to Choose a Linear Actuator

    How to Choose a Linear Actuator

    In this post, read about the different types of linear actuators and how each one will work in regard to your machine or system.

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  • Hidden (And Some Not So Hidden) Ways Linear Plain Bearings Can Save Cost In The Long Run

    Hidden (And Some Not So Hidden) Ways Linear Plain Bearings Can Save Cost In The Long Run

    In this post, read about how you could save cost over time, while improving the performance of your machine, by switching to plastic linear bearings.

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  • Face Mask Vending Machines: Save Cost With The Right Robot

    Face Mask Vending Machines: Save Cost With The Right Robot

    Designing a vending machine that dispenses face masks? Read about the low-cost delta robot offered by igus®, which is ideal for pick & place systems.

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  • Cost-Effective & Grease-Free Water-Pump Bearings Exist!

    Cost-Effective & Grease-Free Water-Pump Bearings Exist!

    In this post, learn about all the advantages offered by switching to water pump bearings made from iglide® highly-engineered plastics.

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  • What Is iglide®? And, What Does It Do Better Than POM?

    What Is iglide®? And, What Does It Do Better Than POM?

    In this post, learn about how to look at the true cost of bearings and why comparing plastic materials can be a bit more complex than you might think.

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  • Fly Dry: Thermoplastic Bearings and Linear Slides Within Aircraft Interiors

    Fly Dry: Thermoplastic Bearings and Linear Slides Within Aircraft Interiors

    Read how grease-free plastic bearings & linear slides can not only improve your aircraft interiors, but also improve air travel for your customers.

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  • Everyone Can Save on Cable Costs. Here’s How

    Everyone Can Save on Cable Costs. Here’s How

    In this post, read about how a local car wash was able to save money & decrease downtimes by switching to chainflex® cables via our new Price Check system.

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