igus will be showcasing a range of its new products at this year’s Advanced Engineering Show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on the 11–12 November. The new products being showcased on igus’ stand (K72) include: tribo-tape, tribo-filament, e-cord micro, E4.1 energy chain and the CRC clean-room chain.
On stand, igus will feature its tribo-tape, made from self-lubricating, iglidur A160 material. Rob Dumayne, director at igus, explains: “Thanks to its excellent wear characteristics, the tribo-tape is well-suited for reducing friction in a wide range of applications wherever there are sliding surfaces.”
Another new product being showcased on igus’ stand is the tribo-filament, a 3D printing material developed specifically for dynamic bearing applications. The filament, which is compatible with conventional ABS 3D printers, which use the FDM method, is up to 50 times more abrasion resistant than traditional 3D printer materials.
A range of igus’ energy chains will also be available on the company’s stand including the e-cord micro energy chain for the safe guidance of capillary tubes. Justin Leonard, director at igus, explains: “Capillary tubes are often routed in miniature hoses, whose diameters measure just a few millimetres and must not be bent in radii of less than 45mm in dynamic applications. If this is not adhered to in the design or during operation, the hoses can snap or kink and this leads to a process failure. Permanently secure routing in pre-defined radii poses a technical challenge. This is solved by the e-cord micro which is made of high-performance and elastic tribopolymers.”
Also on show will be the DIN ISO class 1 certified and IPA confirmed CRC (clean room chain) that operates in a leak-proof corrugated hose designed to prevent any potential contamination. The design serves to seal the e-chain system completely, as well as the connection bracket and strain relief.
The new E4.1 light e-chain which meets engineers' and designers’ need for a strong but light e-chain, will also be present on the stand. It combines the benefits of the E4.1 series’ ruggedness and the E2/000 system’s easy accessibility. A four-piece light-weight structure, the E4.1 light chain can be fitted with snap-open ‘extender’ crossbars on both sides along the inner and outer radius. This e-chain then offers a large interior-exterior dimension ratio and is therefore useful for easy filling with large diameter hoses such as for vacuum and extraction.
Throughout the show, experts from igus will be also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on selecting energy chains, bearings and cabling assemblies for your own specific application. Email to arrange an appointment with igus on Stand K72, Advanced Engineering Show, Hall 5, NEC, Birmingham, 11-12 November 2014, or go to www.igus.co.uk for further information.