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Design guidance & tips that make using igus® plastic machinery components easy in any application.


Welcome to TechTalk, a design advice series created and written by igus® product managers, which offers design guidance and tips that make specifying igus®' plastic machinery components simple in any application.

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dryspin®

ACME and Trapezoidal lead screw nuts

Convert rotary motion into linear motion

Learn more about ACME, trapezoidal, and high-helix dryspin® lead screw nuts from igus® in this Tech Talk installment

Convert rotary motion into linear motion    

DryLin®

linear bearings and guides

How to Eliminate Binding and Stick-slip in Linear Plastic Bearings

In this TechTalk article, learn how to eliminate binding and stick-slip in linear plastic bearings

How to Eliminate Binding and Stick-slip in Linear Plastic Bearings    

ZLW Belt Actuators by igus®

I often hear about how a customer tried using plain bearings for a linear application, but experienced binding or irregular motion. With a little education, this is easy to avoid.

ZLW Belt Actuators by igus®    

The 2:1 Rule and How to Define Fixed and Floating Bearings

When using DryLin® linear guides, it is important to ensure that all acting forces follow the 2:1 rule.

The 2:1 Rule and How to Define Fixed and Floating Bearings    

Choosing a Linear Bearing: A Quick Reference Guide

A quick-start reference guide to help you select the best linear bearing for your application.

Choosing a Linear Bearing: A Quick Reference Guide    

The True Cost of Linear Bearing Lubrication

Over and over again, the main reasons cited as the causes of bearing failures are lubrication-related issues.

The True Cost of Linear Bearing Lubrication    

Oil-Free Bearings Withstand 43,200 Cycles 24/7

Case study about packaging equipment, which has implemented linear bearings that must operate 24/7.

Oil-Free Bearings Withstand 43,200 Cycles 24/7    

How to Lower Driving Force and Friction with Hybrid Bearings

DryLin® WJRM - a cost-effective linear bearing that both rolls and slides - for manual applications subject to heavy loads.

How to Lower Driving Force and Friction with Hybrid Bearings    

3 Tips for Choosing a Linear Slide Table

Whether you want to design your own linear slide table system or buy one as a ready-made assembly, there are a wide variety of linear products available on the market today.

3 Tips for Choosing a Linear Slide Table    

How to Increase Speeds and Accelerations Using Plastic Bearings

A few years ago, we replaced ball bearings on the welding jaw of a vertical-form-fill-seal machine, translating into an impressive 20% increase in throughput.

How to Increase Speeds and Accelerations Using Plastic Bearings    

The Proof is in the Plastic

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The proof is in the pudding.” But when it comes to self-lubricating plastic bearings, the proof is definitely in the plastic.

The Proof is in the Plastic    

5 Linear Bearing Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

I often hear about how a customer tried using plain bearings for a linear application, but experienced binding or irregular motion. With a little education, this is easy to avoid.

5 Linear Bearing Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making    

Butting Rails Together in 5 Easy Steps

Linear rails typically come in lengths between six and 12 feet, but customers often ask: is it possible to make rails longer by butting them together? The answer is yes.

Butting Rails Together in 5 Easy Steps    

5 ways to choose the best linear guide for your application from the DryLin® W toolkit

5 ways to choose the best linear guide for your application from the DryLin® W toolkit    

Energy Chain®

cable carriers

Caring for Cables

A technical introduction to cable carriers.

Caring for Cables    

How to Install a Cable Carrier Vertically

Important factors to consider.

How to Install a Cable Carrier Vertically    

Plastic Versus Steel Cable Carriers

Nowadays, plastic cable carriers can achieve almost anything steel can.

Plastic Versus Steel Cable Carriers    

The Basics Behind ESD Applications Using Cable Carriers

There are two key reasons why specialized cable carriers should be used in ESD applications.

The Basics Behind ESD Applications Using Cable Carriers    

Gliding, Long Travel Cable Carrier Applications

Over the years, cable carriers have increasingly pushed the envelope in terms of higher speeds, longer distances and heavier loads.

Gliding, Long Travel Cable Carrier Applications    

The Cable Distribution Rules You Need to Obey

Correctly arranging every cable and hose within a cable carrier according to the recommended spacing requirements is vital if you want to prolong the service life of your system.

The Cable Distribution Rules You Need to Obey    

Accessorize Your Cable Carrier

Accessories–or lack thereof–are a vital part of the performance of a cable carrier system.

Accessorize Your Cable Carrier    

How to Select the Bend Radius of a Cable Carrier

When specifying a cable management system, there are different ways to maximize the service life of your cables. One crucial factor is choosing the right bend radius for the cable carrier.

How to Select the Bend Radius of a Cable Carrier    

Reduce Energy Use With Plastic Cable Carriers

Tests prove energy consumption can be reduced by using the right cable carrier material.

Reduce Energy Use With Plastic Cable Carriers    

5 Online Tools for Faster Cable Management

Winston Churchill once said: “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” These wise words could not be more accurate when choosing the best cable management system for your automated application.

5 Online Tools for Faster Cable Management    

A How-To Guide For Rotary Applications

Here are three different types of rotary applications and the cable carrier system used for each.

A How-To Guide For Rotary Applications    

Chainflex®

continuous-flex cables

Continuous-flex Cable Construction

An explanation of the bundling versus layering technique in the construction of continuous-flex cables.

Continuous-flex Cable Construction    

6 Common Cable Failure Modes

It's very important for cables used in continuous-flex applications to follow certain construction and performance guidelines.

6 Common Cable Failure Modes    

7 Guidelines for Continuous-flex Cables

Construction and performance guidelines for cables used in continuous-flex applications.

7 Guidelines for Continuous-flex Cables    

2 Key Factors When Specifying Vision Cables

New and exciting applications inevitably bring a new set of cabling challenges especially in industrial applications where reliability and mean time between failure are critical.

2 Key Factors When Specifying Vision Cables    

What to Look for When Specifying a Robot Cable

As industrial robotic applications become more and more demanding, flexible cables need to handle more complex movements and still deliver a long service life.

What to Look for When Specifying a Robot Cable    

The Less-is-More Approach to Robotic Cable Management

Managing cables and hoses may seem simple, but in reality it is an important part to of any well-functioning robot.

The Less-is-More Approach to Robotic Cable Management    

3 Ways to Avoid Corkscrewed Cables

What characteristics a cable must have in order to prevent corkscrewing.

3 Ways to Avoid Corkscrewed Cables    

Where to Use Cost-effective Continuous-flex Cables

In applications where a low to medium-duty continuous-flex cable can be used, there are some cost-effective options.

Where to Use Cost-effective Continuous-flex Cables    

8 Guidelines for Cable Installation

igus® does not recommend that cables be “relaxed” or “shaken out” prior to being installed into a cable carrier.

8 Guidelines for Cable Installation    

NFPA 79 Standard Update: When to Use AWM Cables

Revised NFPA 79 standard permits the use of certain AWM cables, many of which can be used for high-flex applications.

 NFPA 79 Standard Update: When to Use AWM Cables    

7 cable management mistakes to avoid

Seven common cable management mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

7 cable management mistakes to avoid    

iglide®

plastic bushings

The 5 Major Benefits of Plastic Bearings

Plastic bearings can endure extreme temperatures, heavy loads and high speeds.

The 5 Major Benefits of Plastic Bearings    

Choosing the Right Bearing Shaft Material

The ability to use low-cost shafting heavily depends on the bearings chosen to run on it.

Choosing the Right Bearing Shaft Material    

The Science Behind Triboplastic Bearings

igus®' plastics contain solid lubricant as microscopic particles released in tiny amounts during movement.

The Science Behind Triboplastic Bearings    

Delegate to igus®

Leave it to igus® to advise you on the best iglide® material.

Delegate to igus®    

Wear Capabilities and Limits of Plain Bearings

Different wear limits are dependent on certain application parameters and factors.

Wear Capabilities and Limits of Plain Bearings    

How to Install and Quality Test a Plain Bearing

While it may seem simple in the scheme of a large project, the manner in which a bearing is installed and quality tested is essential to the success of any mechanical system.

How to Install and Quality Test a Plain Bearing    

3 Misconceptions about Thin-Walled Bushings

When it comes to plain bushings, thick-walled isn’t necessarily better than thin-walled.

3 Misconceptions about Thin-Walled Bushings    

4 Reasons To Use Environmentally Friendly Plastic Bushings

Using dry-running plastic bushings can significantly decrease any negative effects on the environment.

4 Reasons To Use Environmentally Friendly Plastic Bushings    

4 Reasons To Replace PTFE-lined Bushings

Here are the top four reasons for replacing PTFE-lined bushings with plastic bushings, which offer more design flexibility.

4 Reasons To Replace PTFE-lined Bushings    

White Paper: The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

In this white paper and accompanying video, Matt Mowry, linear bearings product manager, discusses how bearing lubrication failures affect your budget and the environment.

White Paper: The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication    

xiros®

plastic ball bearings

A Guide to Ball Bearing Materials

Ball bearings can be used in a variety of applications, from medical and aerospace technology, to packaging equipment, electronics, office technology, and even high-end yo-yo’s.

A Guide to Ball Bearing Materials    

When to Use a Ball Bearing, Not a Bushing

Find out when you would replace an iglide® plastic bushing with a xiros® plastic ball bearing.

When to Use a Ball Bearing, Not a Bushing    

iglide® PRT

slewing rings

The Latest in Slewing Ring Bearing Technology

For your next project, you might want to consider a new technology: sliding-element slewing ring bearings.

The Latest in Slewing Ring Bearing Technology    

3 Ways to Avoid Failure When Mounting a Slewing Ring

How certain mounting surfaces affect slewing ring bearings.

3 Ways to Avoid Failure When Mounting a Slewing Ring    

3 Ways to Drive a Slewing Ring Bearing

In rotating and turntable applications using a slewing ring bearing, the component used to drive the system is important.

3 Ways to Drive a Slewing Ring Bearing    

igubal®

spherical bearings

6 Reasons To Use Plastic Spherical Bearings

In most applications, plastic spherical bearings deliver a better performance than their metal counterparts.

6 Reasons To Use Plastic Spherical Bearings    

Plastic Versus Steel Rod End Bearings

It is important to remember that not every rod end is the same; each has its own unique set of advantages, disadvantages and limitations.

Plastic Versus Steel Rod End Bearings    

6 Little-known Facts about Plastic Bearing Linkages

Plastic bearing linkages have some unique features and benefits that other solutions do not offer.

6 Little-known Facts about Plastic Bearing Linkages    

Robolink

humanoid robot modules

Humanoid Robots

Whether it’s human nature, paranoia, or something else entirely, our fascination with humanoid robots can be traced back to 1st century AD and earlier.

Humanoid Robots    
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