News form igus

Award ID: 2662 Company: TDS Automation

Armin Gellweiler | 13. Februar 2024

Allgemeine Informationen

  • Datum: 2024-02-13 00:19:37
  • Firma: TDS Automation
  • Ansprechpartner: Mr Douglas Oberle
  • E-Mail: doug.oberle@doerfer.com
  • Anschrift: 1801 E. Bremer Ave, 50677 Waverly
  • Telefon: 3194831556
  • Land: United States
  • Awareness:
  • E-mail
Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
We use Igus cables carriers on Wheelift transporters, specifically the wheel modules. The wheel modules are located under the transporter deck and provide omni-directional precision movement control while having the capacity to lift and transport payloads of 50 tons or more.
All transporters are equipped with an articulating axle. Hydraulic cylinders provide rotation, lift and suspension. The hydraulic cylinders create a leveling suspension, suited to transport heavy payloads. All the wheel modules work together to provide a compliant suspension capable of leveling the load throughout the move.
Servomotors and gearboxes drive the wheel modules. Servomotors can drive the wheels forward or reverse allowing each wheel module to rotate on its own centerline and be independently driven in any direction. Wheel module driving directions are selected using a remote control.
Where is your application used? In which industry?
Our Wheelift transporters are being used by NASA, the DOD, in naval shipyards, the nuclear industry, the aerospace industry, heavy industry and more.
https://www.wheelift.com/case-studie
What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
The transporters are used in dry docks and around shipyards in damp and salty environments. They are also used to transport items outdoors and inside nuclear and industrial plants. The Igus solution we are using performs equally well in all of the environments we have transporters in.
What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Cost reduction
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    Efficiency of the application was not an expected benefit but improved service lift is expected. Reduced labor costs are anticipated based on reduced assembly time with purchasing the cable carrier and cables as a complete unit ready to mount and plug in.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) (2500-03-100160) and a triflex cable carrier (TRE-50-080-0-B)
    • chainflex® cables • Cable: CF280-UL-H101-15-04-D • Cable: CFPE-60-01 • An additional cable from an outside vendor
    • Harnessed (readycable®/readychain®)
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    The Igus assembly we buy solves several issues for us.
    • Our wheel modules can rotate and lift, and we needed a cable carrier that could handle both motions in a small envelope. We use a series 2500 cable carrier to handle the rotation and the triflex TRE-050 cable carrier to handle the vertical motion. It is important to note that a typical cable carrier would not work for this vertical motion due to lack of space.
    • These two cable carriers allow us to achieve a higher reliability.
    • The Igus assembly saves our shop build time. It comes pre-assembled, so our shop can focus on other parts of the build.
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    Attaching a cable carrier to a hinged mount to try and to get both rotation and vertical motion out of one typical cable carrier.
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    There was extensive cooperation between TDS Automation and Igus. Our engineering team and Igus sales and engineers worked together to get the correct combination of energy chains and cabling requirements to produce several part numbers for our various applications.
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • E-mail
  • Bilder

    Award ID: 2661 Company: H.Henriksen AS

    Armin Gellweiler | 12. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-12 19:23:34
    • Firma: H.Henriksen AS
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Patrick Gudmundsen
    • E-Mail: patrick@hhenriksen.com
    • Anschrift: Træleborgveien 15, 3115 Tonsberg
    • Telefon: 40609559
    • Land: Norway
    • Awareness:
    • Colleagues
    • igus® website
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    The system is a Launch And Recovery System (LARS) for AUVs for ships. This system is in use on the Argeo Searcher and is used to launch and recover a Hugin AUV during surveys of the seabed all around the world. The system is designed to be used in all different kinds of sea states. The system is a two-stage system, where stage 1 drives the cradle with the AUV down a doble steel rail at the stern of the ship in approximately 30 degrees down towards the sea and is locked in position. Second stage brings the AUV further down and a mechanism release the AUV to fall in the sea. To recover the AUV, the personnel need to catch a line ejected from the AUV an attach it to the winch on the LARS system that pulls the AUV into its cradle and the system is driven back up the rails to the service position. All in all, the system travels approximately 25m in total in 2 stages.
    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    This system is used in the marine survey industry, but our LARS systems are used wherever lager AUVs are used.
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    The conditions could be very harsh, the system must operate in high seas up to sea state 5.
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Extended maintenance intervals
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    No, our main objective was stability.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) E4.80.15.250.0
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    The product solved our need for a flexible and reliable solution to guide the hydraulic hoses for operating the system.
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    none
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    Not directly
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    We cooperated with your Norwegian supplier and it was critical for us to be able to build the system in the way we wanted.
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • Colleagues
  • igus® website
  • Bilder

    Video

    Video

    Award ID: 2660 Company: Sheppard Innovations

    Armin Gellweiler | 12. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-12 18:50:46
    • Firma: Sheppard Innovations
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Glyn Sheppard
    • E-Mail: glyn@sheppardinnovations.com
    • Anschrift: 55 Foston Ave, DE13 0PL Burton upon Trent
    • Telefon: 03333392074
    • Land: United Kingdom
    • Awareness:
    • E-mail
    • Other
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    Project Description:
    Our project, "ChainFlex Fidget," transforms a small section of a vibrant orange energy chain into an engaging, multifunctional fidget toy. This inventive adaptation showcases the energy chain's versatility beyond its traditional industrial use, reimagining it as a tool for enhancing focus, relieving stress, and providing sensory stimulation, offering on-the-go stress relief and sensory engagement.

    The bright orange color not only enhances the toy's visual appeal but also pays homage to the energy chain's Igus roots, creating a vibrant contrast that captures attention and stimulates visual interest.

    Function and Application:
    The primary function of the ChainFlex Fidget Innovator is to serve as a tactile and sensory tool that aids in stress relief, improves concentration, and supports sensory needs. Fidget toys have been recognized for their therapeutic benefits, particularly for individuals with ADHD, autism, or anxiety, providing a non-distracting outlet for excess energy and aiding in focus and calm.

    Moreover, this project elevates the perception of industrial materials, demonstrating their potential for repurposing in creative and socially beneficial ways. By integrating the energy chain into everyday use, we can foster a deeper appreciation for industrial design's aesthetic and functional versatility.

    Our application promotes mental well-being within the engineering sector that is often seen as regamented. It challenges the conventional applications of energy chains and inspires a reevaluation of industrial components as sources of innovation in product design and development.

    In summary, the ChainFlex Fidget is not just a toy; it's a statement on the potential of industrial materials to transcend their original purposes, providing value in new, unexpected contexts.

    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    Application Context and Industry Relevance:
    The ChainFlex Fidget finds its application primarily outside the traditional industrial contexts where energy chains are commonly used. By transcending conventional boundaries, this fidget toy introduces the robustness and versatility of industrial-grade energy chains to the consumer goods sector, particularly within the realms of educational tools, therapeutic aids, and personal wellness products.

    Educational Sector:
    In educational environments, the ChainFlex Fidget serves as a tactile learning aid that can help students of all ages maintain focus and engagement during lessons. Its use in classrooms, special education settings, and study areas underscores the potential of industrial materials to enhance educational methodologies through innovative tactile tools while raising awareness of Igus products.

    Health and Wellness Industry:
    The therapeutic benefits of fidget toys are well-documented in supporting individuals with ADHD, autism, and anxiety disorders. Health professionals, therapists, and wellness centers can utilise the ChainFlex Fidget as a tool to aid in concentration, stress relief, and sensory processing and brings a focus on mental health in industrial design.

    Consumer Goods and Lifestyle Products:
    As a lifestyle product, the ChainFlex Fidget taps into the growing market for stress-relief gadgets and wellness accessories, appealing to a broad consumer base seeking novel ways to manage stress and enhance focus in both personal and professional settings.

    In summary, while the ChainFlex Fidget diverges from the traditional applications of energy chains in industries such as manufacturing, automation, and heavy machinery, it carves out a niche in consumer products, educational tools, and health and wellness aids. This crossover underscores the innovative potential of industrial components to serve broader societal needs, bridging the gap between industrial utility and everyday life.

    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    For this project we did not have to overcome any conditions. This highlights how universal the chain actually is.
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Other enjoyment, aid in concentration, provide stress relief, help with sensory processing
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    The efficiency of this project is not measured in traditional metrics of speed or energy consumption but rather in the enhancement of user experience, product longevity, and health benefits. The precision engineering and robustness of Igus® energy chains ensure a smooth, reliable operation of the fidget toy, providing a satisfying tactile experience that aids in stress relief and concentration.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) 03.05.010.2
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    The integration of the Igus® energy chain into the ChainFlex Fidget addressed several key challenges inherent in the design and functionality of fidget toys, leveraging the unique attributes of energy chains to enhance the product's effectiveness and user experience.

    Problem Solving with Igus® Energy Chain:
    1. Durability and Wear Resistance:
    Challenge: Conventional fidget toys often suffer from wear and tear due to continuous use, leading to a short lifespan and increased waste.
    Solution: The high wear resistance and durability of the Igus® energy chain materials ensures that the ChainFlex Fidget can withstand extensive use without degradation, significantly extending the product's lifespan and reducing environmental impact.
    2. Smooth and Reliable Operation:
    Challenge: Ensuring a consistently smooth and satisfying tactile experience in a fidget toy is crucial for user satisfaction but can be difficult to achieve.
    Solution: The precision engineering of the Igus® energy chain provides a seamless motion with no snagging or sticking, offering an optimal tactile experience that encourages repeated use.
    3. Safety and User Comfort:
    Challenge: Fidget toys must be safe to handle, with no sharp edges or hazardous materials.
    Solution: The Igus® energy chain's design, featuring rounded edges and made from non-toxic, high-grade polymers, ensures the ChainFlex Fidget is safe and comfortable for users, including children.
    4. Versatility and Aesthetic Appeal:
    Challenge: Creating a fidget toy that is both functional and visually appealing, to stand out in a crowded market.
    Solution: The aesthetic appeal of the energy chain, available in a bright Igus® orange color, allows for a distinctive design that is not only functional but also engaging and attractive to users, enhancing the product's marketability.
    5. Sustainability:
    Challenge: Developing a product that aligns with contemporary values of sustainability and environmental responsibility.
    Solution: By repurposing Igus® energy chains, known for their recyclability and made from high-quality, durable materials, the ChainFlex Fidget promotes sustainability through reduced waste and longevity.

    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    The conception and design of the ChainFlex Fidget was intrinsically linked to the unique properties and aesthetic appeal of the Igus® energy chain from the outset. The project was solely inspired by the versatility, durability, and tactile qualities of the Igus® energy chain, which made other alternatives null and void.
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    The ChainFlex Fidget, by repurposing Igus® energy chains, inherently contributes to sustainability in several key ways:

    1. Durability and Longevity:
    The high-quality materials and engineering of Igus® energy chains ensure the ChainFlex Fidget is highly durable and long-lasting. This reduces the need for frequent replacements, minimising waste and encouraging more sustainable consumption patterns among users.
    2. Recyclable Materials:
    Igus® energy chains are made from advanced polymers that are recyclable. By utilizing these materials in the construction of the fidget toy, the project aligns with circular economy principles, where products are designed and utilised in a way that promotes recycling and reuse, reducing the environmental impact.
    3. Educational Impact:
    The ChainFlex Fidget Innovator serves not only as a tool for stress relief and focus but also as an educational piece that raises awareness about the potential of repurposing industrial materials for new uses. This can inspire further innovation in sustainable product design across various industries.
    4. Energy Efficiency in Production:
    Using pre-existing Igus® energy chains in the design of the fidget toy reduces the need for tooling and material and energy costs associated with manufacturing, compared to producing a toy from scratch. This energy efficiency further contributes to the product's sustainability profile.

    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    The development of the ChainFlex Fidget was greatly enriched by an exceptional level of cooperation with Igus®. From the inception of the idea, inspired by a free keychain giveaway from Igus® at the end of the amazing factory tour, to the conversations around how to turn this into a final product, the support and enthusiasm from the Igus® team have been unparalleled.
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • E-mail
  • Other
  • Bilder

    Video

    Award ID: 2659 Company: PT Prima Multi Peralatan

    Armin Gellweiler | 12. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-12 14:22:31
    • Firma: PT Prima Multi Peralatan
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Kori Bahana
    • E-Mail: Bahanakori@yahoo.com
    • Anschrift: Jl abdul hakim. Komplek klassik residence 1. Blok e nomor 1 .medan selayang, 20132 Medan
    • Telefon: 081263303803
    • Land: Indonesia
    • Awareness:
    • Search engines
    • Press
    • Trade Show
    • Advertisement
    • E-mail
    • Colleagues
    • igus® website
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    Rubber tirred gantry, untuk mengangkat petikemas
    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    Dikepelabuhanan
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    Lokasi cukup menantang, karena terjemur panas hujan dan panas dari air laut
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Cost reduction
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    Jelas kami mendapatkan efisiensi karena tidak lagi menggunakan grease sebagai pelumas. Dan umur panjang dari bahan plastiiknya
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) 5050HDB.IDPJ.23M
    • chainflex® cables CFLG.12G.62.5
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    Mempermudah geser ke kanan dan ke kiri
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    Mempercepat indent barangnya
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    Yes
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    Yes
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • Search engines
  • Press
  • Trade Show
  • Advertisement
  • E-mail
  • Colleagues
  • igus® website
  • Bilder

    Award ID: 2658 Company: Beewise Technologies

    Armin Gellweiler | 12. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-12 11:44:51
    • Firma: Beewise Technologies
    • Ansprechpartner: Mrs Ortal Levi
    • E-Mail: ortal@beewise.ag
    • Anschrift: Beit Ha'emek, 25115 Beit Ha'emek
    • Telefon: + 972 (54) 3565202
    • Land: Israel
    • Awareness:
    • Other
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    Saving bees to feed the world
    Get healthy hives and superior pollination with AI + Robotics.
    The BeeHome™ solves the challenges preventing beekeepers from giving hives the best care.
    The result is 70% lower bee colony loss and healthier hives that give growers superior pollination and peace-of-mind.
    Fully remote monitoring, 24/7
    Thermoregulated environment to help protect against extreme weather
    Automated feeding, Varroa treatment, and honey harvesting.
    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    Bee colonies around the world.
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    All BeeHomes are outdoors and can stay in all weather conditions.
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Extended maintenance intervals
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    igus chains and cables, assist us with application movement. with the assistance we received from Conlog, we designed the solution.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) E08.20.038.0, 1400.015.038.0
    • chainflex® cables various:CFBUS.PUR.020, CF10.15.04
    • smart plastics
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    longer lifetime
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    competitors
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    with distributor in Israel -Conlog
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • Other
  • Bilder

    Video

    Award ID: 2657 Company: Figur

    Armin Gellweiler | 10. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-10 05:30:23
    • Firma: Figur
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Justin Nardone
    • E-Mail: justin.nardone@figur.io
    • Anschrift: 60 S Jefferson Ave, Unit 2, 7981 Whippany
    • Telefon: 9732245764
    • Land: United States
    • Awareness:
    • Other
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    Figur G15 is the first commercial platform of its kind to shape sheet metal on demand directly from a digital file. An high speed ceramic tool on an XY gantry forms the sheet with up to 800kg of force in a highly engineered and proprietary build zone.

    Figurs patent-pending Digital Sheet Forming (DSF) technology eliminates the need for a traditional stamping press or custom tools, molds, and dies – delivering sheet metal forming that is accessible, flexible, and cost-effective, even at low volumes.

    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    Figur technology is being sought out by many industries that traditionally use stamping to form sheet metal. Current customers are in automotive, aerospace, architecture and many others. Our technology has the ability to forgo the need to produce traditional dies. This saves on both lead time and expense, allowing customers to economically create complex sheet metal parts. With the flexibility to make a single part or achieve volumes into the thousands, the Figur G15 is versatile for both prototyping and production.
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    The Figur G15 is designed to be a shop floor machines tool, designed to be installed alongside other metal processing machinery. At the same time – the Figur digital sheet forming process makes minimal sound, so when choosing various components the goal was to keep sound and vibration to a minimum. The Figur G15 forms sheet materials at 1 m/s, with accelerations typically around 1G, and up to 3G. Machines travels are 1450mm x 1000mm, and within a single 8 hour shift the machine can travel 20+km.
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Extended maintenance intervals
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    By using Igus E6 Cable carrier we were able to get a quality cable chain customized to our machine requirements with very minimal turnaround time. The ability for Igus to stock parts and have a quick turnaround time allows our team to keep less inventory on the shelf and have a reliable partner in our supply chain. Additionally, the long lead life and quality of the Igus cable chain allows our machines to have less downtime and service calls.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) E6
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    We used Igus cable chains throughout our product development, from prototype and into production. Igus cable chains supply our team with a high quality product in minimal lead time. The Igus E6 cable chain is used on the 3 high speed axis of our prodcut.
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    As we ramp up production we will also be switching to Igus cable chain cables for all aspects of wiring including servo control, general IO and miscellaneous other connectivity.
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    Absolutely! By reducing the use of large, expensive stamping dies we can eliminate the energy to produce the dies as machine and finish them, as well as running the massive die presses. Additionally, the reduction from waste from the dies is eliminated.
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    The team we worked with at Igus (and continue to) has been excellent throughout the entire development process from prototype to production. Finding us the correct product to fit our needs and budget, as well as being timely with getting us answer to questions and parts sample for trials, the Igus team was highly responsive.
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • Other
  • Bilder

    Video

    Award ID: 2656 Company: Teletrax Equipment LLC

    Armin Gellweiler | 10. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-10 01:45:27
    • Firma: Teletrax Equipment LLC
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Timothy Ourada
    • E-Mail: tim@teletraxforklift.com
    • Anschrift: 27811 Price Rd, 34762 Okahumpka
    • Telefon: 3522358138
    • Land: United States
    • Awareness:
    • Trade Show
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    Picture this: a telescopic forklift on tracks combines the versatility of a telehandler with the enhanced mobility of tracks. This mighty machine is designed to conquer even the most challenging terrains. With its telescopic boom for lifting heavy loads and the added advantage of tracks, it can navigate through soft, uneven, or even muddy surfaces with ease. The tracks provide exceptional traction and stability, ensuring that the forklift can operate efficiently in various outdoor environments. Whether it's a construction site, agricultural field, or rugged terrain, a telescopic forklift on tracks is ready to tackle any job while maintaining stability and maneuverability. It's like having the best of both worlds!

    Teletrax also comes with a cab on a telescopic boom that goes all the way to the ground, making it fully handicap accessible. This innovative design brings a whole new level of inclusivity and functionality to the machine. The telescopic boom allows the cab to extend and lower to the ground, providing easy access for individuals with mobility challenges. This means that anyone, regardless of their physical abilities, can operate the forklift independently and safely.

    Not only does this feature promote inclusivity, but it also enhances efficiency and productivity. Operators with disabilities can now access the cab without assistance, allowing them to work at their own pace and contribute their skills in various industries. Whether it's construction, agriculture, or any other field that relies on telescopic forklifts, this accessible design ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and thrive.

    By combining the versatility of tracks, the lifting capabilities of a telescopic boom, and the accessibility of a cab that goes to the ground, this telescopic forklift sets a new standard for inclusivity and functionality in the industry. It's a game-changer that opens up doors of opportunity for individuals with disabilities, empowering them to excel in their chosen fields.

    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    A Teletax forklift would find great use in many industries such as construction, forestry, and mining. In construction, it can navigate through challenging terrains on construction sites, assisting in lifting and moving heavy materials. In forestry, it can access remote areas and handle tasks like loading and transporting logs. In mining, it can operate in rugged environments, aiding in material handling and equipment maintenance. The combination of the telescopic boom and tracks makes it a versatile and powerful machine for various industries!
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    The weather will play a big role in the conditions, ranging from hot and sunny to cold and rainy. The ground could be hard and uneven to soft and muddy.

    We have overcome many things to adapt Teletrax to these. We have put the operator in a fully enclosed air conditioned cab so they are not out in the harsh elements that a present at the many sites it will be on. Teletrax is hybrid, so on those days where the hvac is need just sitting at an idle we do not need to run our diesel generator to keep the operator cool or warm. This makes us one of the few machines that will meet the california idle laws.

    With the track design we have put on our machine any ground conditions do not pose an issue to us, we can climb over hard uneven surfaces or dedge through thick mud with ease.

    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Cost reduction
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    Igus products have been very beneficial to making Teletrax more efficient.

    The e-chains keep our cables and hoses organized and prevent the from tabling, twisting and snagging which could lead to down time and costly repairs. They also help extend the lifespan of our cables and hoses by reducing wear and tear. We get smooth and uninterrupted movement of cables and hoses even in the demanding environments.

    With the igus cables we get strong and stable electrical and data connections. They are built very well so we will have no need for frequent replacements or repairs. No matter what application we have igus has had a cable to accommodate our need, from high voltage currents to CAN BUS.

    We also use igus for our greaseless bushings and wear pads. These products make maintenance ver simple and cost effective.

    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) E432, E442
    • Other CF Bus, 77, 78, 9, 310, 11
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    We have come to igus with many issues involving our electrical routing and cable management. They have given us solutions for our axles and booms that extend and have size restraints for routing our cables and hoses. Also provided use with cable that meets the bend radius we need. Our articulation hinge now has a clean look since using the triflex tubing. Which also protects the cables and hoses from the elements.

    We also use igus for our bearring and wearpad solutions.

    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    We looked at using cable reels and coiling the wires but this ended up th ebest solution for Teletrax.
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    As we move forward with production Igus has given us solutions to have E Chains preloaded with our hydraulics hoses and electrical wires already installed.
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    Absolutely we have had great co-operation with Igus. When we reach out to them, they are prompt, attentive, and always ready to assist us with any questions or concerns we may have. Their team is knowledgeable and passionate about their products, and they take the time to understand our specific needs to provide personalized solutions. Whether it's through phone, email, or their online support, we can count on them to deliver great customer service.
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • Trade Show
  • Video

    Video

    Video

    Award ID: 2655 Company: RAYHAWK

    Armin Gellweiler | 9. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-09 22:18:35
    • Firma: RAYHAWK
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Muaz Sheriff
    • E-Mail: muaz.sheriff@rayhawk.ca
    • Anschrift: 2021 Dudley St, S7M 1K9 Saskatoon
    • Telefon: 13063802120
    • Land: Canada
    • Awareness:
    • E-mail
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    RAYHAWK is an intelligent gantry system that utilized computer vision and various control algorithms to open and close top loading railcar equipment. RAYHAWK delivers a safer, more efficient way of loading railcars within loadout facilities. As a safety driven project designed to function in corrosive environments and in the temperature range of -40°C to 40°C, RAYHAWK eliminates the need for workers on top of railcars in a variety of industries.
    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    RAYHAWK can be used in the mining and agricultural industries. RAYHAWK will change the industry of material loading.
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    RAYHAWK currently operated in the corrosive environment of a potash mine loadout facility in Saskatchewan, Canada. Weather ranges from -40°C to 40°C and RAYHAWK functions throughout these ranges. Fine particles of dust from the loading of potash enter into the RAYHAWK area and can collect on surfaces of travel and other components of the RAYHAWK. Condensation can form on surfaces during specific seasons and exaggerate the corrosive effects of the potash. The gantry unit operates in the axis (X, Y, Z) and has calculated speeds and accelerations to optimize performance. In the X direction we have a top speed of 1500mm/s with accelerations up to 1000mm/s^2 and a travel distance of 16m, Y has a top speed of 1000mm/s and an acceleration of 1000mm/s^2 with a travel distance of 3m and Z has a top speed of 500mm/s with an acceleration of 1000mm/s^2 and a travel distance of 1.2m. The design of RAYHAWK took into consideration all of these harsh conditions to overcome them. A variety of energy chain designs were utilized to allow the operation of a RAYHAWK unit. The X energy chain (E4-32) hosts power, encoder and communication cables for the system. This energy chain functions as a gliding energy chain and has a slotted trough to allow for the collected dust particles to fall through. The dirt repellent design also allows for the smooth continued operation of the system. The Y energy chain functions as an unsupported energy chain and also hosts power, encoder and communication cables. Similar to X, the dirt repellent design of the E4-32 energy chain has overcome the challenges that the potash particles have created. The Z axis cable chain is vertically mounted and utilizes the e-chain series 2400 energy chain. All energy chains allowed for the easy installation of cables and reliable operation of the RAYHAWK unit in the environmental conditions of the loadout facility. In addition to the careful selection and design of the energy chain systems, all RAYHAWK components are suited for their environment. Cabinets are sealed and made of specific materials to ensure they do not corrode. Sensitive components are heated to ensure their proper function and in areas that cannot be heated, components are selected to fit the temperature requirements of site.
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Cost reduction
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    During installation, the ease of use of Igus products allowed our team to install the energy chains quickly and effectively, reducing the cost of the installation process. The specifications for our selected energy chains allowed us to provide an on site installation that met requirements in terms of travel lengths, top speeds and accelerations meaning we could meet our overall requirements for efficiency and cycle time. The reliability of the Igus products has reduced the cost of maintenance on the RAYHAWK system as well as simplified the inspection checklists of the unit.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) Chainflex Cables
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    During installation Igus products solved the challenge of installation time. During procurement the shorter lead times for Igus products allowed us to meet timelines successfully. The design and performance of the Igus products solved the issues of operating in a dusty environment during operation. The reliability of Igus products has allowed us to continue operation of the RAYHAWK unit without downtime during the commissioning stage.
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    Kabelschlepp cable carriers were considered during the design of the RAYHAWK system.
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    RAYHAWK contributes to various areas of sustainability. In terms of ecological sustainability we are a completely isolated electrical system that does not add any pollutants to the operating environment. From an economic health standpoint we can improve throughput of loadout facilities, better helping companies meet quotas and load railcars more effectively. From a human perspective we remove the need for operators on top of railcars, reducing the risks during operation. RAYHAWK also operates 24/7 365 meaning staff do not need to work on top of railcars during the night or be called in for shifts at inconvenient times.
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    Igus was very helpful during the design of the RAYHAWK system. They gave our engineering team the resources and support to successfully design and implement a energy chain system. Their extensive knowledge of their products and expertise guided us through each step of this project.
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • E-mail
  • Bilder

    Award ID: 2654 Company: Trajekt Sports

    Armin Gellweiler | 9. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-09 22:07:35
    • Firma: Trajekt Sports
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Alex Warner
    • E-Mail: alex@trajektsports.com
    • Anschrift: 3171 Lenworth Drive, L4X 2G6 Mississauga
    • Telefon: 647-804-3347
    • Land: Canada
    • Awareness:
    • E-mail
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    – Automated pitching machine.
    – Advanced pitching robots that precisely replicate tracked ball trajectories
    – Camera positioning used on vertical chain/cables
    – Horizontal axis chain used on side to side movement of machine
    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    – Sports industry i.e MLB and minor baseball leagues
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    – Used chains to manage IGUS cable bundles within automated pitching machine.
    – Environment is indoor and outdoor baseball fields and training facilities
    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Reduced assembly time
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    – Reduced cost option for e-chain
    – Longer lifetime cycles on IGUS cables help with longevity of pitching machine
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) 2500-10-055-0
    • chainflex® cables CF880, CF211, CF886
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    – Reduced cost and added value of cables warranty and longevity
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    – Exploring harnessed cable opportunity and other cable solutions
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    – Sustainability and longevity of automated pitching machines to be used in long seasons of baseball training
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    – Yes worked with Christian Santos and Gary Johnson of IGUS Canada for e-chain/cables solution on automated pitching machines
    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • E-mail
  • Bilder

    Award ID: 2653 Company: Jacobs

    Armin Gellweiler | 9. Februar 2024

    Allgemeine Informationen

    • Datum: 2024-02-09 21:26:34
    • Firma: Jacobs
    • Ansprechpartner: Mr Houston Green
    • E-Mail: hgreenprocess@gmail.com
    • Anschrift: 2913 Autumnbrook Ln, 77584 Pearland
    • Telefon: (832) 326-2652
    • Land: United States
    • Awareness:
    • Colleagues
    Please describe your system/machine/project. What function does your application serve?
    AX3S (ARGOS 3 eXploration EVA Simulator, or Active Response Gravity Offload System 3) is a three-bridge gantry robot, designed to simulate reduced gravity environments such as Lunar, Martian, or microgravity. A single-input vertical force-feedback controlled tracking system combined with horizontally controlled gantry movement initiated from an input of a several cable angle sensors provides 3-dimensional robotic actuation and offload. This results in full 6 degree of freedom motion within a range of 0G to 1G. The system will be capable of supporting extravehicular activities (EVAs), spacesuit and vehicle requirements development and evaluation, and crew training with both suited and unsuited subjects.

    The AX3S (pronounced ak-seez) facility is rapidly reconfigurable and allows for a quick turnaround between different tests and a variety of full-size surface mobility or crew vehicle analogs. The three bridges will allow three subjects to be in the system simultaneously. This larger space will allow for more realistic testing, including space for multiple vehicle mockups, which will result in a more realistic training environment than the current ARGOS 2.

    NOTE: Attached pictures include the AX3S Structure (completed in Dec 2023) and renderings of the final system. The robotic portion of the system is currently being assembled and attached to the structure. Portions of the CAD have been obscured due to privacy concerns with technical details. Cable management components are highlighted in green. Actual photos of the system will be available at a later date.

    Where is your application used? In which industry?
    AX3S technology exists within the Dynamic Systems Test Branch (ER5) at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. ARGOS technology serves NASA, along with its international and commercial partners, to successfully accomplish diverse missions within the Artemis program, International Space Station, and future exploration initiatives to the Moon, Mars, and many others.
    What are the environmental conditions at the end user’s location? What challenges did you have to overcome to adapt to those conditions? (Feel free to provide technical data on speeds, acceleration, and travel distance).
    AX3S is located inside of the famous Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA Johnson, a 42,500 m2 facility filled with mockups and simulation facilities for astronaut training and systems familiarization. This environment demands an extremely quiet and reliable cable management system. Astronaut classrooms exist in close proximity to AX3S. Loud noise from operations and maintenance/repairs is strictly prohibited.

    A tight design window and minimal mass inside of the AX3S structure were required for the cable management system. Since the structure is “tuned” such that its first mode of natural frequency resides well above the dynamic frequency of human or payload input into the robot, minimizing mass at the top of the structure where cable management mounts was also critical.

    Given the safety-critical nature of AX3S, multiple hazardous collision scenarios were explored between dynamic components. The e-chain was required to withstand these rapid decelerations without potential of structural or material failure.

    Space Center Houston, who hosts 1.25 million annual visitors, operates a tourist catwalk that runs along the north wall of AX3S. Safety and comfort of these visitors must also be secured in terms of falling objects and noise.

    What requirements did the energy chains and cables have to fulfil?
  • Other ample strength of e-chain and its connections
  • How were you able to increase the efficiency of your application with the igus® products? Have you been able to reduce costs?
    The previous version of ARGOS uses festooning for cable management along the bridge. With three bridges working simultaneously in close proximity, festooning was not an option due to swinging and interference of hanging cables in AX3S. This required a unique approach of two separate e-chain and cable trough systems, one system in the long axis of travel (Y System) and another perpendicular system in the short axis along the bridge (X System). Igus products provided an optimum solution for e-chain design requirements.
    Which products do you use?
    • Energy chain(s) (3x) 3838CR.20.150.S10.0.E (9x) E4.42.02.160.0
    • chainflex® cables CF34.UL.100.04.D, CF34.UL.60.04.D, CFBUS.050, cf211.05.04.02, CAPU.A.16.0, CFPE.100.01
    • Other Guide Troughs
    At which points? How did the products solve your problems?
    Igus e-chains, guide troughs, and cables are utilized along the entire 110 ft of travel along its long axis, and along the 40 ft of travel of the hoist across the bridge. The use of Igus components along both of these separate e-chain systems provides a unique 2D operating advantage that allows the AX3S hoist to remain superimposed above the test subject or payload with continuous cabling along the entire route.
    What alternative solutions did you consider?
    Festooning was an option, but interference between swinging cables would limit the horizontal cycling capabilities between bridges. A bus bar was also briefly considered for power, but this would not provide the "clean" power required by the motor controllers.
    Does your application contribute to sustainability?
    The Igus e-chain and cable components we incorporated into AX3S could easily last for a decade of use based off of number of cycles and fatigue life of components.
    Was there co-operation with igus®? If so, how was it?
    Integrated team efforts between Igus and the ARGOS have been nothing short of instrumental in the success of AX3S cable management design. Advanced tow arms, interface plates, constraints, and multiple other novel mechanism designs required for both X and Y systems to function together in a highly dynamic environment came about from years of discourse and information exchange between our teams. Igus has always been willing to dive deep into the details of our design, covering topics well outside the normal e-chain design realm. Throughout multiple design iterations, concept changes, tough spots, and and repetitive asks, Igus has stood by the ARGOS team throughout the good times and the bad. We often cheerfully refer to Igus as part of the team.

    How did you become aware of the vector competition?
  • Colleagues
  • Bilder

    igus® GmbH Copyright 2024 - All rights reserved.