Can I lubricate plastic bearings with WD-40?

Lars Butenschön | 26. February 2019

It´s common knowledge, that together with duct tape, WD-40 is THE universal tool to fix anything and everything. While the former keeps everything in place when it shouldn´t be moving, the latter keeps things going that shouldn´t stand still. Many people think that these two tools will set you up for almost anything life throws […]

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Bearings for ATEX or explosive environments – A small guide

Lars Butenschön | 12. March 2019

Bearings for EX and ATEX – A small guideline Trying to search for bearings suitable for environments with explosive atmospheres online is not easy. In fact, you will end up with more questions than answers. Which materials are suitable? What exactly is ATEX and what does it require? And what about plastic bearings? Aren’t they […]

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Finding the right bearing: 7 essential criteria

Lars Butenschön | 4. January 2019

The various influences that affect the lifespan of a plain bearing are relatively trivial. It´s easy to imagine that a truckload of fine dust is rather less helpful for a long bearing life. Also, that 500 ° C ambient temperature can cause difficulty in choosing the right lubricant, results in few raised eyebrows. And yet, often times […]

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Plastic bearings for high loads? What does high load actually mean?

Lars Butenschön | 4. December 2018

There is a saying among german conservative engineers going like this: “Wer Kunststoff kennt, nimmt Stahl”. “Those familiar with plastics use steel instead”. To be honest I didn’t hear this in quite a while now. But it´s still in the heads of many engineers. Even if they don´t know a word of german. In the […]

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Using plain bearings as rollers – A good idea?

Lars Butenschön | 5. February 2019

At first glance, many advantages of plain bearings sound attractive for use as roller. They use less space than roller bearings, require no additional lubrication (depending on their type) and do not suffer as much from dirt and cleaning agents. On top of that they weigh less and are cheaper. But as usual, devil is […]

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control unit for DC motors

Martin Raak | 20. July 2018

igus India is developping an easy control unit for robolink joint arms with DC motors.

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igus® Output Encoders for robolink® – no longer available

Martin Raak | 4. July 2018

We can no longer supply the robolink® output encoders. Reason is that the chip supplier finished the production of the encoder chip. We have to block all AE Products now. This also concerns our RL-DCi compact units. We will have to redesign those for the use of motor encoders. For the next 4-8 weeks we will […]

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Customer application quality check

Martin Raak | 11. May 2018

Our german customer Jäger Software has used a RL-D-RBT-5532S-BC Standard arm (5 DOF, big Version) for a Quality check unit for RFID Chips. The RFID’s are checked and sorted. Mr. Jäger has developped his own control solution (Hardware and Software). For further questions, please contact: jaeger-software@t-online.de

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