As the world’s population grows and urban areas expand, growing food traditionally is becoming more and more challenging. Food producers have adapted to these conditions by growing fruits, vegetables and other crops in cities on vertically inclined surfaces – a practice known as vertical farming (or, indoor farming). The machines used in vertical farms must be equipped with components that are suitable for highly sensitive environments. igus® offers a wide range of FDA-compliant automation solutions that enable cost-effective vertical farming and offer a fast return on investment. igus® components are also maintenance-free, self-lubricating, and resistant to dirt, dust and corrosion.
Indoor gardening company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) used drylin® linear bearings to ensure reliable operation. One year after the self-lubricating components were installed, inspectors could not detect any noticeable wear on the bearing shell. (Click full screen for best viewing of the video)
The Langhoff family breeds giant red worms for bait, animal food, and natural fertilizer. They use self-lubricating, maintenance-free igus® components for reliable operation in areas with water, soil and dirt.
Living Greens Farm irrigates plants in a vacant 43,000-square-foot warehouse. Maintenance-free igus® e-chains® are used to support their work.