igus® to Showcase Robotics Solutions at FABTECH 2013

Energy Chain Systems® and Chainflex® continuous-flexing cables among others will be displayed at FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event.

East Providence, Rhode Island November 04, 2013


Plastics expert igus® will be exhibiting some of its solutions for a variety of applications at this year's FABTECH expo in booth S552 at Chicago's McCormick Place, November 18-21, 2013. Expected to cover more than 550,000 net square feet and anticipating over 35,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibiting companies, igus® plans to showcase some of its robotic solutions for the fabricating and metal forming industries.

Some featured products from igus will include:

Energy Chain Systems RX Energy Tubes -- nearly 100 percent chip-proof and its smooth, domed outer contour ensures all debris, such as metal chips, simply falls off. Perfect for rough environments where cables need heavy-duty protection.

Chainflex® CF270-UL-D -- A high quality, low priced single core solution. Designed like a spindle cable, the CF270-UL-D is much thinner than average servo cables, and ideal for supplying maximum power while staying within the confines of the machine tool.

Triflex TRLF-100 -- Inserting or removing cables and hoses is made even easier by individual links that open by hand or with a screwdriver. This allows thick or inflexible hoses with large filling diameters or a high number of single cables to be inserted in record time.

Chainflex hybrid servo cables -- Energy and data feedback coupled in one cable. As well as saving space by reducing the number of cables needed, costs are minimized by reducing the number of plugs needed, installation time, and a reduction in other materials needed, such as cable management.

Visit igus® at FABTECH, Booth S551, South Hall, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA. For free passes to FABTECH 2013, or to make an appointment at the igus booth, visit http://www.igus.com/fairs.

For more information about FABTECH, visit the tradeshow website at http://www.fabtechexpo.com.

About igus®

igus® develops industry-leading Energy Chain® cable carriers, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, DryLin® linear bearings and linear guides, iglide® plastic bushings, and igubal® spherical bearings. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and continuous-flex cable since 1989, igus provides the right solution from over 80,000 products available from stock. No minimum order required. For more information, contact igus at 1-800-521-2747 or visit http://www.igus.com.

Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.