Producing foodstuffs is becoming more and more challenging. This is not surprising, considering there are currently 7.6 billion people on earth, with an annual growth rate of more than 80 million people. Furthermore, over half of the world's growing population is drawn to big cities - and everybody needs to be provided with food, such as fruit and vegetables. This leads to the development of mega cities and ever larger metropolitan cities. At the same time, however, questions arise as to the future production of foodstuffs, as food production - from a realistic point of view - is neither modern nor sustainable. Metropolitan cities like New York are now required to provide for themselves more and more, acting in a way that saves resources and economising. Here, vertical farming, also referred to as indoor farming, comes into play. This refers to agriculture at a vertical level in closed spaces. The small amount of available space in urban regions is used for generating the highest possible economic value.
Conventional agricultural areas are rare in congested urban areas and traditional farming is only possible to a limited extent. The future is the direct cultivation in cities. By this means, high transport costs and CO² emissions can be avoided. The machines used in vertical farming work in a highly sensitive environment. Therefore, requirements regarding the components installed in vertical farms are high. With its wide range of maintenance-free products, igus ensures a reliable operation. By doing without lubricants, ensuring FDA compliance and highest hygienic standards, plants, vegetables, salad and fruit are not contaminated. Furthermore, igus products are corrosion- and maintenance-free and resistant to dirt. Our Low Cost Automation systems enable cost-effective farming throughout the year, in addition to a fast return on investment.
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System height of only 40mm with new installation size Ø 10
Rugged and corrosion-resistant
Variable width, stroke length and carriage length, allow adjustment to any application
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Matching adapter kits for robolink DP and UR with UR cap integration
Up to four times more workspace for robots
Toothed belt axis ZLW-20 from the standard linear construction kit
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Now, possibility of even more compact driving due to drive from the inside
Lubrication-free and maintenance-free
20% more cost-effective than PRT-01 series
Ready-to-install solution, no need to build it yourself
Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) was founded in 2013 as an indoor gardening company with the vision of making vertical farming commercially viable by improving productivity, harvest, quality and consistency and drastically reducing costs for electricity and work with the TCEA principle. The systems by IGS must work highly precisely with as little friction as possible, and must be easy to maintain. drylin linear guide systems by igus fulfil all requirements and ensure a reliable operation. One year after installation of the lubrication-free components, no noticeable wear of the bearing shell could be detected at inspection.
The Langhoff family breeds giant red worms, which are used by anglers, as food worms for animals, for hunting or as a natural fertiliser producer for the garden and greenhouses. For around ten years, the father Martin Langhoff has been developing his own systems, which facilitate the everyday work of the family business by improving the breeding process and making it more effective. For use in areas where there is water, soil and dirt, the robust components from igus have become a reliable partner in vertical farming in this time.
This system, which consists of crossbeams and belongs to the manufacturer Living Green Farms, irrigates a lot of plants in a vacant 4,000m² warehouse. igus e-chains support work in "Aeroponic" and impress with their absolute freedom from maintenance.