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  • Chainflex® motor and servo cables enable variable frequency drives to operate safely and failure-free

    Chainflex® motor and servo cables enable variable frequency drives to operate safely and failure-free

    Learn about the proper insulation material for your cables, changes within the market, and a new product that enables modern VFDs to operate safely.

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  • 7 Cable management mistakes you don't know you're making

    7 Cable management mistakes you don't know you're making

    Advances in automation technology mean that certain cable management rules have become outdated. In this tech talk, uncover seven common cable management mistakes as well as how to avoid them.

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  • The three advantages of assembled cables

    The three advantages of assembled cables

    Why waste time assembling your continuous-flex cables when you don’t have to? Read this tech talk to learn about the advantages of using ready-to-connect cables from igus®.

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  • Busbars vs. energy chains for crane electrification

    Busbars vs. energy chains for crane electrification

    The performance of a crane is directly dependent on its electrification system. With various power supply options available and a range of application requirements to take into consideration, making a

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  • How to properly secure bearings: Why do bearings move out?

    How to properly secure bearings: Why do bearings move out?

    If the housing is not to their liking, plastic bearings do not hesitate to move out. To keep them in for a longer stay, users must better secure the bearings or change the bearing material.

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  • How to properly secure bearings: Axial securing

    How to properly secure bearings: Axial securing

    In part one of this “How to properly secure bearings” tech talk series, the reasons as to why bearings move out of their mounting holes and what can be done to prevent it were covered. If press fit is

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  • How to properly secure bearings: Anti-rotational features

    How to properly secure bearings: Anti-rotational features

    Part two of this tech talk series reviewed how to secure bearing axially to keep them moving from their housings. Another important aspect of bearing security is the anti-rotational feature and why it

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  • High-performance plastic solutions for drilling rigs

    High-performance plastic solutions for drilling rigs

    The optimized polymers in e-chains® are used to manufacture military equipment, rocket launch site components and power plant machinery. Their strength and durability make them applicable in nearly al

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  • Top 10 considerations when specifying igus® in your port crane tender

    Top 10 considerations when specifying igus® in your port crane tender

    While specifying your trolley cable management system and moving away from outdated technologies like festoons, there are ways to make sure your investment performs like the manufacturer said it would

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  • The six advantages of linear plain bearings

    The six advantages of linear plain bearings

    Linear bearing systems create sliding technology for maximum design potential. The tribologically-optimized plastic liners, self-lubricating bearings customizable rails allow engineers the abi

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  • Power supply in overhead cranes: energy chains vs. festoons

    Power supply in overhead cranes: energy chains vs. festoons

    Reliable and dynamic cable management is one of the greatest challenges in modern crane technology. While the components must be modular, they should also be consistently easy to install, low maintena

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  • Innovative Ethernet Cables for Tomorrow's Standards

    Innovative Ethernet Cables for Tomorrow's Standards

    The technological advance of industrial automation and the increased need for networked connectivity have driven Ethernet protocol to be the cornerstone of today's modern cable applications. Ethernet

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  • Selecting the Right Position Indicator

    Selecting the Right Position Indicator

    Linear guides/lead screw tables can be assembled with supplementary accessories. In addition to hand wheels and clamps, analog position indicators are also available. A position indicator is used to d

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  • triflex® for heavy-duty applications

    triflex® for heavy-duty applications

    igus® offers multi-axis robotic cable protection with triflex® energy chains. triflex® TRE chains are available in an "A" version or a "B" version. In this tech talk, learn why TRE.B was created and w

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  • Four Ways to Drive a Slewing Ring Bearing

    Four Ways to Drive a Slewing Ring Bearing

    There are many new and innovative versions of slewing ring bearings on the market, including sliding slewing rings made with an iglide® polymer liner, hard-anodized aluminum rings or stainless-steel r

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  • Belt-Driven Actuators vs. Lead Screw Systems

    Belt-Driven Actuators vs. Lead Screw Systems

    Pre-assembled linear slide tables from igus® are designed to save engineering time and resources. They are also flexible enough to meet the demands of a wide range of applications. The two most common

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  • Designing Cable Management Systems for Collaborative Robots

    Designing Cable Management Systems for Collaborative Robots

    Collaborative robots work side by side with human workers to complete a wide range of tasks, including welding, quality inspection, and component insertion/fastening. With anticipated global compound

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  • Designing a true maintenance-free pivot

    Designing a true maintenance-free pivot

    We compared true maintenance-free designs with alternative designs. Discover what goes into creating a truly maintenance-free pivot.

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  • Robotic cable management made easy

    Robotic cable management made easy

    Read the top tips from the igus® cable experts on how to easily and reliably design cable management systems for 6-axis robotic systems.

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  • How to Install & Properly Measure Plastic Plain Bearings

    How to Install & Properly Measure Plastic Plain Bearings

    The manner in which a bearing is installed and quality tested is essential to the success of any mechanical system. If the installation of the bearing is incorrectly done, or if the quality-testing me

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