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Friction stir welding machine

Application Description:

Plant: Friction stir welding machine
Operating time: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Industry sector: Machine tools
Customer requirement: quick and easy installation
Solution from igus: R4 series closed energy tube.

The bronze vector award goes to Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. The adjacent construction and the media supply in friction stir welding machines must be as flexible as the welding head itself.


Customer Requirements:

The company Grenzbach uses friction stir welding technology for welding seams with excellent properties. In the automated welding systems of the machine manufacturer, the welding head is of the utmost importance, as it must be able to realize rotary movements of +/- 720°. The same requirements therefore also apply to the cables and hoses used, which must be guided safely inside the welding head. The adjacent construction and media supply must be as flexible as the welding head. The complete cable carrier should be integrated into the supporting structure of the machine, which means that space is limited.

igus solutions:

The direct coupling of a twisterband with a cable carrier R4. The system, pre-assembled by igus with matching connectors, labeled and pre-assembled into modules, allows for easier assembly.  The 24/7 design of the components ensures low maintenance and low-wear operation.  In case of service, a simple and quick exchange is possible.

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