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Tech up & cost down
motion plastics for
machine tools

What is a machine tool? Turning, milling, drilling and grinding are among the most important technologies for machine tool manufacturing. The machine tool is the "mother" of all machines and the basis for e.g. car manufacturing or smart phone production. The set-up of the machine tool can be very complex - from conventional lathe, to CNC machine or machining centre up to a production line with automation unit. The target is to produce complex workpieces with the help of tools. Together with the degree of automation, the use of igus motion plastics also increases. From the energy chain and flexing chainflex cables up to dry-tech bearings, all product groups are used in the machine tool. The future project Industry 4.0 is taking on an ever more concrete shape. Thanks to igus smart plastics, the Machine Tool 4.0 is becoming reality for machine tool manufacturers. The goal is always to reduce costs and improve technology.

New from April 2020

Ten highlights in a five-minute video

Innovations for machine tools

Tech up, cost down: with improved e-chains, new approvals and certificates for chainflex cables and particularly quiet hybrid linear bearings.
You can find more information on these and further product innovations at our 400m2 trade show stand. You can either explore it virtually on your own or together with our industry expert. Make an appointment new for a guided virtual tour with individual consultation:

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e-chain E4Q

Energy supply: save 40% assembly time

▲ Tech up

Tool-free opening and closing

15% more pull-out strength and 10% less weight than the E4.1 system

▼ Cost down

40% less assembly time compared to the e-chain system E4.1

Find out more about the series E4Q/R4Q
chainflex worldwide

The most important standards and approval regulations worldwide

▲ Tech up

One cable for all major markets

Gives confidence in the design process

▼ Cost down

No duplicated stock

No additional costs in respect of customs duty

chainflex® cables - welcome to the world!
chainfix CFQ and CFPQ

Install strain relief easily and in half the time

▲ Tech up

Easy filling, intuitive design

Flexible modular system with stackable elements

▼ Cost down

50% less installation time than conventional chainfix clamps and tiewrap plates

More information about the design study chainfix CFQ and CFPQ

Predictive maintenance

smart plastics, intelligent e-chains 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

Avoid machine failures

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

Predictive maintenance with intelligent energy chain monitoring

In hardly any other industry is reliability as important as the automotive industry. Whole vehicles or even individual components such as the engines, go through production lines with a very high degree of automation. If production stops here, it quickly leads to expensive losses. Therefore, it is important for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to be able to rely on fail-safe components. An Austrian engine manufacturer therefore relies on "smart plastics" from igus. Sensors measure wear during operation and notify the user early enough to plan a repair or an exchange.

Resistant to smouldering swarf

No more burn marks: polymer energy tube made from the special material "igumid HT". The energy supply is resistant to swarf up to 850°C.

High-temperature energy tube in the interior of a CNC machining centre

Requirements regarding energy supply systems in machine tool construction are high. Particularly in the workspace, they are exposed to harsh conditions. In this environment, the use of closed polymer energy tubes quickly pays off. They are resistant to temperature, withstand the omnipresent flying swarf and help avoid machine downtime. "We involve the majority of our suppliers at an early stage of our developments", states Mario Chemnitz, Head of Construction at Niles-Simmons Industrieanlagen GmbH from the city with the same name, Chemnitz.  

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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Further information


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Steve Slater

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