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motion plastics for machine tools

Turning, milling, pressing, hammering, cutting, from low to high automation, from machining centres to production lines: without machine tools there is no production. However, no machine can operate without a reliable supply of electricity, data, air or media. igus energy chains and cables are made to move, to improve machine performance while being easy to install. Servo cables suitable for manufacturer drives, energy chains that can be opened and closed without tools, tubes with chip protection, clamps to prevent crushing of pneumatic hoses, bearing technology made of high-performance plastics for machine doors or rotary movements, robot kinematics, Industry 4.0 sensor technology – we will equip your machine tool.

Benefits of igus products:

  • Lubrication-free and maintenance-free
  • Easy installation
  • Low noise and low vibration
  • For small installation spaces
  • Predictable service life
  • Complete system or individual components with no minimum order quantity
  • Cost-effective

New products in 2021

6 news highlights in less than 3 minutes

A video of our highlights for machine tools

This year, we are launching 168 innovations. Industry Manager Lukas Czaja will present the top news in less than three minutes. These include, e.g. the e-chain E4Q:

  • 20% more fill weight due to vertically and horizontally positioned stop-dogs
  • 100% higher pull-out strength due to positive-locking crossbars
  • Tool-free opening and closing

Find out more about E4Q

Servo cable series suitable for Fanuc drives

CFX clamps with stacker saddles for pneumatic hoses

Your own robot kinematics with fully integrated individual joints

Curious about more innovations? You can find the news overview here.

Predictive maintenance with smart plastics

Intelligent e-chains, cables or plain and linear bearings report the maintenance date during operation and integrate seamlessly into your processes.
Your benefits

  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Eliminate unplanned downtime
  • Extend service life
  • Improve equipment efficiency
  • Save time - faster detection of the reason for anomalies

Tech up and cost down with smart plastics

Successfully in use

In the event of a chain breakage, the machine is stopped automatically to prevent subsequent damage.

Austrian engine factory

This engine manufacturer uses energy chains and abrasion monitoring. Sensors measure the chain wear during operation and notify the user early enough to plan a repair or an exchange.

Machine tool collage overview

...and many further success stories

Discover more than 40 application examples which show how our energy chains and bearing products are used in CNC machines, where they fulfil various requirements. The challenges to be overcome were such issues as flying swarf, tight installation spaces, continuous system operation, and quick, easy installation with tight schedules.

White paper: machine tools

White paper:
influence of vibration on machine tools

Vibration behaviour of energy chains

Vibrations in machine tools components can lead to machines no longer working precisely, lowering the quality of workpieces and increasing wear of machine components. Energy chains, the "umbilical cord" of the modern machine tool, are a possible source of the problem. To improve their smooth running, innovative solutions are required ...

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Tech up and cost down for machine tools

Newest e-chain generation: System E4Q/R4Q

Energy chain system E4Q/R4Q

  • Can be opened and closed without tools
  • Optional noise dampeners for quieter operation
  • Saving materials leads to lighter weight

Buy E4Q/R4Q
Ready-to-connect energy supply modules readychain®: direct from the manufacturer

Harnessed systems

  • Ready-to-connect energy supply modules
  • Pre-assembled directly by the manufacturer
  • Optimise transport & assembly

Find out more about readychain
Cables with 36-month guarantee

The best price-CABLE ratio

  • 36-month guarantee
  • Use the price check to find the most cost-effective cable that is guaranteed to work 

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Intelligent connector system Module Connect

Intelligent connector system

  • Strain relief in the housing
  • Space-saving due to flat housing
  • Adapt connector to energy chain geometry

Find out more about Module Connect
Cost-effective swarf protection

Cost-effective swarf protection with e-tubes

  • With 26, 40 48 and 75mm inner height
  • Easy to fill
  • Quiet operation due to integrated brake

Find out more about the R2.1 e-tube series

Tested in the test laboratory for use in the real world

All products are checked in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry, under real-life conditions with regard to wear and durability. This enables the precise determination of the service life of the products.
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests so as to check the use of the products under completely individual conditions.

Find out more about the igus test laboratory

Logo igus blog machine tools

What systems does igus offer for the x-axis of the machine tool? Which energy chain can I use to save assembly time? You can find interesting contributions to questions regarding machine tools in the igus blog.

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