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Today, machine and equipment manufacturers are feeling more pressure than ever to reduce costs without sacrificing machine performance and this balancing act can be difficult to achieve. Original... (View Full Article)
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If a cable hasn't been properly specified for automated machine-vision applications, its conductors can break and cause electrical shorts, which can cause costly downtime and damaged components. Other... (View Full Article)
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Whether you want to design your own linear slide table system or buy one as a readymade, off-the-shelf assembly, there are a wide variety of linear products available on the market today. Materials... (View Full Article)
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6 Common Cable Failure Modes It's very important for cables used in continuous-flex applications to follow certain construction and performance guidelines. However, before choosing a continuous-flex... (View Full Article)
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When starting work on a new project that requires motion control, one of the most important considerations is what bearings to use. It's easy to fall back on what you've been using for years instead... (View Full Article)
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In the previous installment in our TechTalk series for continuous-flex cables, we discussed the six common cable failure modes often seen in cables used in industrial applications on automated... (View Full Article)
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Cables constructed in layers are significantly cheaper to produce, therefore many manufacturers offer 'continuous-flexing cable' with this low-cost design. However, these cables are often constructed... (View Full Article)
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What is a cable carrier? Cable carriers guide and protect cables and hoses on moving machinery. They prevent tangling and damage from debris or contact with the machine itself. Using cable carriers... (View Full Article)
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Reducing costs is an important factor for many companies. The ability to use low-cost shafting heavily depends on the bearings chosen to run on it. For example, ball bearings require very hard (60HRC... (View Full Article)
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Cable carriers guide and protect moving cables and hoses at low to high speeds, over long and short distances, in all axes, and in a wide range of different applications all over the world. Over the... (View Full Article)
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Whether it's human nature, paranoia (the action movie, 'I, Robot', where some famous movie star tries to thwart millions of robots from taking over the world, comes to mind) or something else... (View Full Article)
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A few years ago, we replaced ball bearings on the welding jaw of a vertical-form-fill-seal machine, which enabled it to pack more bags of product per hour, translating into an impressive 20% increase... (View Full Article)
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During my ten years at igus®, I've encountered a number of customers who wanted to use our DryLin® linear bearings for manual applications, but sometimes due to heavy loads or the... (View Full Article)
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Yes, 2010 has arrived and with it the cold weather. For some of us, this also means snow. The snow isn't for everyone but, personally, I'm always thrilled, since I love to ski. When I ski, I like to... (View Full Article)
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Are there still engineers who prefer to use steel cable carriers over plastic? Why is this? The first cable carriers were made from steel so, as is often the case, the assumption is that the older the... (View Full Article)
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As industrial robotic applications become more and more demanding, we're finding an increased need for flexible cables that can handle extremely complex movements and still deliver a long service... (View Full Article)
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When using DryLin®, it is important to ensure that all acting forces follow the 2:1 rule. In a nutshell, if either the drive force (Fa) or applied load force (Fs) are a greater distance than... (View Full Article)
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Some engineers hesitate to use plastic bearings in their designs. Maybe they have trusted metal and bronze bearings for years or they simply don't think plastics can handle the tough applications or... (View Full Article)
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Special ESD (electrostatic discharge) cable carriers are used in numerous industrial sectors. When designing a cable carrier system into an ESD application, there are two important reasons why these... (View Full Article)
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The key advantage of a cable carrier is that bus and motor cables, pneumatics, electrics and hydraulics can all be guided safely in one system. However, correctly arranging each cable and hose within... (View Full Article)
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Cable management has come into the limelight more and more because machine reliability has increased dramatically in recent years, even though robots have grown more complex. However, the methods used... (View Full Article)
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During my recent travels, I revisited a customer who, just a few years before, was set against using plastic bearings. He knew he could save a lot of money by making the switch, but couldn't be... (View Full Article)
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In most instances, when something is thicker, it's usually better - a thick, juicy piece of steak, especially thick socks to keep your feet warm on a cold day, or a shiny, thick coat of paint on a... (View Full Article)
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There is a big difference between cables made specifically for continuous-flexing applications and regular flexible cables. Understanding the distinction is extremely important when you're choosing... (View Full Article)
(Bearings and Bushings)
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Slewing ring bearings are ideal for rotating and turntable-type applications. While understanding the design and performance capabilities of a slewing ring bearing is important, it is equally... (View Full Article)
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In rotating and turntable applications using a slewing ring bearing, the component used to drive the system is important.... (View Full Article)
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Here are the top four reasons for replacing PTFE-lined bushings with plastic bushings, which offer more design flexibility.... (View Full Article)
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Using dry-running plastic bushings can significantly decrease any negative effects on the environment.... (View Full Article)
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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.... (View Full Article)
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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.... (View Full Article)
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5 ways to choose the best linear guide for your application from the DryLin® W toolkit... (View Full Article)
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Plastic bearing linkages have some unique features and benefits that other solutions do not offer.... (View Full Article)
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Seven common cable management mistakes and how you can avoid making them.... (View Full Article)
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Like most people, I love to relax. There's nothing quite like kicking up your feet after a long day. However, when it comes to designing an industrial automation system, there isn't any time for... (View Full Article)
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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-yoâ s. Since these... (View Full Article)
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Here are three different types of rotary applications and the cable carrier system used for each.... (View Full Article)
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For a design engineer, specifying the best cable carrier for a particular application is an important part of the design process. There are a variety of different options available, but once you have... (View Full Article)
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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.... (View Full Article)
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Multi-axis, three-dimensional cable carriers for palletizing Cable management is a crucial part of any robotic system, but the truth is that the methods used to attach and guide cables has not changed... (View Full Article)
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There are a number of installation options that can be considered when working with an igus® Energy Chain® cable carrier system. For vertical installations in particular, there are two... (View Full Article)
(Bearings and Bushings)
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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. If the installation of... (View Full Article)
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When specifying a cable management system, there are a number of different ways to maximize the service life of your cables and hoses. One of the most crucial factors is choosing the right bend radius... (View Full Article)
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Revised NFPA 79 standard permits the use of certain AWM cables, many of which can be used for high-flex applications.... (View Full Article)
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It goes without saying that it's extremely important for a bearing to meet the high standards of cleanliness and hygiene demanded by the packaging industry.... (View Full Article)
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Spherical rod end bearings are ideal for facilitating rotary and linear motion in a wide variety of applications from packaging and agricultural equipment, to medical and exercise machinery. However,... (View Full Article)
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Cable carrier systems not only transport energy, data and media to various types of machines, but also greatly influence energy costs.... (View Full Article)
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If youâ ve ever been in the market for a slewing ring bearing, you may have found the number of available options to be somewhat limited. Roller slewing rings have been the only choice for... (View Full Article)
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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.... (View Full Article)
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Previous installments of TechTalk have discussed how using plastic bearings can help reduce wear and how different types of shaft materials affect wear and bearing life. In this installment, Iâ... (View Full Article)
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Find out when you would replace an iglide® plastic bushing with a xiros® plastic ball bearing.... (View Full Article)
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You may have heard us say it before, but helpful tips are always worth repeating: it is important to use cables specifically designed for continuous flexing in demanding, high-cycle applications.... (View Full Article)