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Spring-loaded ball transfer units made of plastic for high shock loads

Patrick Czaja | 21. October 2022

Our ball transfer units can be used to move fragile or heavy goods easily and in all directions without much effort. We use various design concepts for this. In addition to injection-moulded housings with housing pads and ball beds, we also offer a variant with a sliding insert specially designed for higher loads and shock […]

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The difference between helical gears and straight gears

shagemann | 3. November 2022

Gears come in all shapes and sizes. There are different gear types for different applications. But some gear types have a very similar design and can be used in comparable applications. This blog article deals with the distinction between straight and helical gears and their applications. Straight spur gears Straight spur gears are the most […]

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Some people rotate just so that everything revolves around them – xiros® uses a new material to enhance sustainability

Patrick Czaja | 14. October 2022

In keeping with our motto, "xiros® goes green", we are launching a ball bearing that contains 97% regranulate. We are moving in an environmentally friendly direction, since sustainability is becoming increasingly important, especially in industry. The reason is obvious, since industry is among the top three CO2 emitters worldwide.

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Smart and inexpensive – ReBel®, the igus cobot for automation … now with smart plastics technology

Richard Habering | 21. September 2022

Effective immediately, igus offers the ReBeL service robot – also as a smart version. At €4,970 and only around 8 kilogrammes, the plug-and-play variant is one of the lightest cobots on the market.

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Reducing costs with plain bearings, Part 2: Comparing performance data

Lars Butenschön | 4. November 2022

The second part of our series of articles on “Cutting costs with plain bearings” will focus on another important part of plain bearing procurement that can significantly contribute to reducing bearing point costs: the right choice of plain bearing. On the one hand, this issue is somewhat related to procurement optimisation. The aim should always […]

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Reducing costs with plain bearings, Part 1: Procurement

Lars Butenschön | 28. October 2022

It is an absolutely routine process, but one that is often neglected for “unimportant” components: Optimising procurement and unit costs for sliding bushes. These components are often purchased from intermediaries, who add a certain margin. Requirements are generally linear and therefore relatively easy to plan. Part value is usually so low that the procurement costs […]

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Fitters would buy autoglide 5!

Christian Strauch | 27. October 2022

autoglide 5: The ultimate alternative to busbar systems for storage and retrieval units, cross carriages, and other straight-travel applications, where only conductor lines are otherwise used. So why would fitters buy autoglide 5? Because it is less work. It is also very simple and not particularly demanding. It leaves more time for more important things […]

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Which plain bearing is suitable for the commercial vehicle industry?

igu-blog-adm | 12. September 2022

The development of electric vehicles (BEV, PHEV, HEV) and vehicles with fuel cells (FCEV) is in vogue thanks to their low-emission use. Statutory requirements and higher energy costs are the reason why OMEs and suppliers place particular emphasis on the sustainability and lightweight of their designs when developing new products.

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