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motion plastics for vertical farming

Producing foodstuffs is becoming more and more challenging. This is not surprising, considering there are currently 7.8 billion people on earth, with an annual growth rate of more than 80 million people. Furthermore, over half of the world's population is drawn to big cities - and everybody needs to be provided with food, such as fruit and vegetables. With the rise of mega-cities and ever-larger metropolises, the question arises of new sustainable ways of food production that enable large cities to be more self-sufficient and conserve resources. One such new way is vertical farming (also called indoor farming), farming on a vertical level indoors. The limited space available in urban areas, which hardly allows for conventional arable land and conventional agriculture, is moved vertically, high transport costs and CO² emissions are avoided and the greatest possible economic benefit is generated.
 
The machines used in vertical farming usually work in a highly sensitive environment, and the demands on the components installed are correspondingly high. With its wide range of maintenance-free products, igus ensures a reliable operation. By dispensing with external lubricants, low-abrasion and FDA-compliant materials and the highest hygiene standards, contamination of the crops is prevented. In addition, our motion plastics score points with their resistance to corrosion and dirt. Our Low Cost Automation systems enable cost-effective farming throughout the year and a fast return on investment.


New products in 2021

Light, fast, 25% more stroke height

Vertical energy supply

▲ Tech up
  • Easy vertical energy supply with minimal effort 
  • Rocking of the e-chain is reliably avoided
▼ Cost down
  • Considerably more cost-effective than a chain completely enclosed in a housing
  • Fast assembly on site and minimised transport costs

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Lightweight slewing ring bearings for small installation spaces

Modular gearboxes for connection to linear units

robolink RL-DP splash-proof


Advantages of vertical farming ...

  • Saving space by freeing up traditional agricultural areas
  • Harvest throughout the year, independent and flexible
  • Low transport and storage costs
  • Water saving due to closed cycles

... achieve with the advantages of our motion plastics

  • No external lubrication, no maintenance, no contamination of the products
  • Resistant to dust and dirt
  • Corrosion-free and FDA-compliant
  • Fast ROI due to cost-effective automation components

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motion plastics for vertical farming


Tested in the test laboratory for use in the real world

All products are tested for wear and durability under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. The results are entered into our tools to calculate service life and allow for precise predictions regarding their durability.
 
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely tailored conditions.


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