A recent case in point saw teams from igus develop a honeycomb structure to provide strain relief for the company’s energy supply systems. Cables and hoses are simply inserted into a honeycomb, called the CFU, and then closed. Compared with cable tie wraps or other strain relief solutions, engineers can save about 80% in assembly and engineering time. Once the cables and hoses are inserted into the CFU and closed, the outer walls of the honeycomb cavities lie gently and uniformly around the cables. The honeycomb system is assembled in seconds and is extremely flexible, as new cables can be inserted or replaced by hand.

Another innovation that igus will demonstrate at the show is the drylin delta robot. Developed to satisfy the need for a lightweight automation solution for assembly tasks, drylin delta robot can fit into a production line where it simply becomes part of the process.