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Efficient Solutions for Material Handling, Intralogistics, and Warehousing: Energy Chain Systems, Bearings, and Sensors

Products for movement. Maintenance-free and quiet in continuous logistics operation.

Storage without interruption of logistics is essential for fast supply chains. Customers do not want to wait unnecessarily for their goods, and for manufacturers, on-time delivery is a decisive competitive advantage. The processes run largely automatically, especially in larger-scale material handling. In addition to industrial vehicles, lifting tables and palletisers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and storage and retrieval units (SRUs) autonomously move unit loads and packages. Our products support 24/7 operation because they work without lubrication and are therefore maintenance-free. In addition, our cable chains, flexible cables, plain bearings and linear bearings save weight and installation space, an important aspect especially in high-bay warehouses.

SRUs & shuttles

Space-saving, durable energy supply systems for storage and retrieval units, shuttle systems and transfer trolleys
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Industrial vehicles

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free plain and linear bearings for forklifts, automated transport systems etc.
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Lifting tables

Highly resilient polymer bearings for cylindrical and scissor joints of lifting tables
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Conveyor technology

Maintenance-free components for hanging systems, roller conveyors, roller ball tables and other conveyor systems
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igus product samples at LogiMAT

Have a prototype sampled free of charge

Equipping innovations with igus products for LogiMAT 2024

Our sampling service gives you individual consultation and design for e-chains, cables, linear drives and bearings.
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Avoid bearing failure with smart plastics

smart plastics enhance reliability in logistics. Their intelligent sensor technology reports the condition and recommended maintenance dates of products such as energy chains and cables.

Your benefits
  • Reduce maintenance costs and eliminate unplanned downtime
  • Extended service life and increased plant efficiency
  • Save time – faster detection of the reason for anomalies
White paper: Benefits and applications of smart plastics
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Where can smart products prevent bearing failures? Watch the video to find out more.

White paper: Safe energy transmission in material handling

How can machine parts work dynamically over long distances and still be reliably supplied with electricity?

This white paper deals with e-chains and busbar systems for cable guidance in indoor and outdoor cranes, electric overhead railway tracks, electric trains, storage and retrieval units (SRUs), and cross transfer carriages (CTCs).
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Success stories

SIVAPlan storage and retrieval units

Vertical energy supply system in SIVAPlan storage and retrieval units

For its storage and retrieval units, SIVAplan has successfully tested the guidelok slimline P energy supply system, which reduces weight and is much quicker to install. The system has now proven itself in series production.
X-ray robots from Buck Engineering & Consulting

Maintenance-free plain bearings in autonomous transport vehicles

In this AGV, the suspension mechanism is exposed to vibration and high forces at a payload of up to 550kg. For this reason, and to save space, iglidur Z polymer plain bearings are used in the transport vehicles.
Material handling applications

... and other success stories

High-bay warehouse, AGV, order picker, or industrial vehicle. This selection of application examples shows you where our bearing products, energy chains, and cables are used in material handling.
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igus information: important material handling trends and topics

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Information brochure

An overview of our products and additional information for material handling.
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