igus India: Vector award 2014: The winners have been chosen
Exciting, unusual and exemplary. Every two years igus GmbH accords the
vector award in recognition of special applications with energy chain systems.
This time among them were interesting solutions from around the world showing
the immense diversity of applications with energy chains. The winners from the
195 submissions from 28 countries were presented at the Hanover Show 2014.
The great variety of applications in mechanical and plant engineering submitted
for the fourth vector award, even featured a small and delicate low profile
chain in a CNC hybrid machine right through to a large heavy-duty energy chain
with 500 metres of travel in a coking plant. The jury, consisting of
representatives of specialist media, business and research, had the difficult
task of choosing the winners from among the 195 entrances. Applicants from Canada
to South Korea display the versatile and high-power potentials of plastic
energy chains. The vector trophy and prize money of 1,000 to 5,000 Euros were
distributed as awards at the Hanover Show.
Extraordinary storage and retrieval unit
The winner of the golden vector this year is the University of Duisburg-Essen.
A high-bay warehouse system was developed that works fast, saving space. A
transport platform with a gripper moves from one point of the shelf to the
other via eight wire ropes clamped in a parallel motion. In order to prevent
the required cables from interfering with the rapid movements, they are wound
and unwound on an e-spool and securely guided within the energy chain.
Silver vector for high-speed
This time the silver goes to the company FronTone from Austria. In this
lightning-fast application, one to two high-speed cameras with up to 750 m/s²
acceleration reached a speed of 21 m/s on a carbon carrier system. This is
necessary due to the cameras being used in crash tests of vehicles and vehicle
parts thus the motor, feedback and camera cables can be carried smoothly.
Bronze for metalworking>>>
The Otto Bihler Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG was awarded the 2014 bronze
vector for its servo-controlled punching and bending machine. Here a number of
different igus energy chains with reverse bending radius are used, which
protect the cables routed to the individual units from dirt and damage caused
by punching slugs.
Special vector for a special stage
A special mention was granted by the jury to the submission of Wicreations from
Belgium. The company’s spotlight installation was used during the South
American tour of the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez. These so-called
"Venetian blinds" consist of five individual boxes, each with three
moving spotlights. The individual boxes that can be adjusted separately,are
also dynamic and interconnect by zigzag chains from igus to supply energy and
data to the spotlights.
two years, the igus GmbH presents the vector award in recognition of special
applications with energy chain systems. A total of 195 participants from 28
countries participated in 2014. (Source: igus GmbH) Image PM1514-2
winners of the 2014 vector award were honoured at the Hanover Show. From left
to right: Harald Nehring, igus GmbH, Dieter Bencer, igus Austria
(representative for the company FronTone GmbH, silver vector), Dr. Tobias
Bruckmann, Universität Duisburg-Essen (golden vector), Norbert Muche, Otto
Bihler Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG (bronze vector). (Source: igus GmbH) Picture PM1514-3
for storage and retrieval system – in this application of the University of Duisburg-Essen,
an e-spool from igus ensures that the energy chain is guided securely during
the movement of the transport platform. (Source: igus GmbH) About igus Indiaigus® operations in India started in the year 1998 with head quarters in Bangalore. igus offers widest range of products that includespolymerbearings, igubal® spherical bearings, DryLin® linear bearings & guide systems enable them to serve the whole industrial establishments in India from a small work shop to huge industrial establishments.