Igus now shows virtual factory in customer service
Logimat Hall 3, Stand D21
If the technical sales adviser from Igusdrive to customers or trade fairs, they now not only have product samples in their luggage. A VR goggles show the virtual factory the Cologne. With the new app "Igus VR Engineer's Wonderland" you can guide customers all over the world through the Cologne 4.0 production. So the production and the in-house 3800 m² test laboratory for those interested to experience up close. The beta version of the app was already successful in operation, now the full version is in Oculus Go Store verfügbar.
Factory tours are popular with customers and companies in industry. They offer exciting opportunities to experience products in development and production on site. Real tours are not always possible, especially if the customer is at the other end of the world. Igus therefore relies on VR (Virtual Reality) to give a virtual visualization. At the Motion Plastics specialist, interested parties can now get an idea of the processes and procedures in virtual assembly and injection molding and thus see the path from plastic granules to the finished product.
Equipped with VR glasses and app
The technical advisors from Igus are now equipped with VR glasses and the corresponding app and can thus give an animation of the in-house production. They give their customers the virtual opportunity to explore Igus from over 30 different angles on their own. You can convince yourself of the largest test laboratory in the industry or watch the assembly of complex energy chains. Embedded images and videos provide additional information such as test parameters or low-cost automation applications and thus great flexibility.
The beta version of the Igus VR app celebrated its premiere at the real Hannover Messe 2019. Visitors to the stand were able to travel to the factory 250 km away. "With 'igus VR' we give our customers deep insights into the factory areas of assembly, test laboratory and injection molding. You can see up close where the 120 new products that we presented were created, ”says Managing Director Frank Blase. The application has already impressed customers. "Experiencing the test laboratory up close makes a lasting contribution to building trust," reports Volker Beissel, industry manager for machine tools.
The app is available immediately after redeeming a promo code in the Oculus Go Store.
Hannover Messe Energy, leading safely and inexpensively on long paths was the goal when developing the Autoglide 5 energy chain from Igus. The new energy chain was specially designed for horizontal applications in intralogistics and on crane systems. The energy supply lies on a tensioned rope with the help of a special underside construction. Compared to energy supply chains in a channel system, the Autoglide 5 from Igus can save 88% in assembly time.
The goal of predictive maintenance is not only pursued by Igus with its intelligent smart plastics products for monitoring plain bearings, cables and energy chains. Manufacturers of machines and systems are also increasingly offering solutions with their own condition monitoring tools. Automation specialist Güdel also uses Ig.EC and EC.W sensors for its linear robots when it comes to predictive maintenance.
'Personal care even when we can't be on site' is Igus' motto in the era of the corona virus. With its platform for digital advice, the Motion Plastics specialist makes virtual visits possible as an option. The reason: In the current situation, many companies restrict the visit of external companies. Affected users of the Igus products should still be able to clarify their questions personally.
FMB-Süd Stand E16 When it comes to wear-resistant tribo polymers, Igus users are spoiled for choice. The plastic specialist has now developed an offline configurator for its 3 Iglidur standard materials for small series or series production in injection molding, a prototype from a 39D printer or semi-finished products: The user can determine the right material with templates. An Iglidur expert system is also available for the selection and calculation of the service life.
Logimat Hall 3, Stand D21 When the technical sales consultants from Igus go to customers or trade fairs, they now have more than just product samples in their luggage. VR glasses show the virtual factory in Cologne. With the new app "Igus VR Engineer's Wonderland" you can guide customers all over the world through the Cologne 4.0 production. This way, the production and the in-house 3800 m² test laboratory can be experienced up close for those interested. The beta version of the app has already been successful in operation, the full version is now available in the Oculus Go Store.
FMB-Süd Stand E16 The Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) technology offers completely new opportunities to transfer the immense data streams reliably and quickly even in the smallest area of the machine. Igus introduces the first SPE “Chainflex” cable for movement in the energy chain. The use of only one pair of wires reduces the outside diameter by 25%.
What happens when the maximum service life of a plastic energy or drag chain is reached? Mostly it is simply disposed of and incinerated with other plastic waste. With the "Igus green chainge recycling program", the Motion Plastics specialist is now going a completely new way: Users can send their plastic chains to Cologne for recycling - completely independently of the manufacturer.
FMB Hall 20, Stand D2.2 User Report 3022 km across the Australian desert and only with the power of the sun, that is the challenge of the World Solar Challenge. One of their participants is the team Sonnenwagen from Aachen. When developing their solar car, the students relied on the light, wear-resistant and lubricant-free “Iglidur” plain bearing technology made from durable tribo-polymers from Igus and successfully crossed the finish line in sixth place.