The Northern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition held at Event City, Manchester, on 27th– 28th September, will see igus exhibit its range of lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of applications.
Predictive maintenance is the cornerstone of Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow, and igus’ smart plastics warn of potential failure in good time before unplanned and very costly down-times occur. At the event, igus will be showing new and improved smart plastics products. These include the isense EC.RC, a new system for monitoring e-chains, the optimised CF.Q module for the intelligent chainflex cables that customers are already using today and the intelligent iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings.
Injection moulded, 3D-printed or machined from bar stock, igus offers engineers a range of possibilities to obtain their self-lubricating parts, such as gears or plain bearings. During the show igus will introduce a new process for the production of 3D printed injection mould tools that allows engineers to solve difficult technical challenges quickly. The entire range of 50 iglidur high performance plastics are available using this new process, including specialists for high load, food contact, underwater or high temperature applications. Depending on the iglidur material chosen, the mould is either SLA or SLS printed and then used immediately in the injection moulding machine. Thus, parts are ready for shipment within a few days. The material structure of the printed injection mould ensures that it can withstand the high temperatures during injection moulding, which means that one mould can produce prototypes and small batches up to 500 pieces cost effectively and quickly.