Machine: friction stir welding machine
Time in use: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Branch of industry: machine tools
Customer requirements: fast and easy installation
Solution from igus: closed energy tube from the R4 series.
The bronze vector award goes to Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. The adjacent construction and media supply in the friction stir welding machine had to be as flexible as the welding head itself.
Grenzebach uses friction stir welding technology for high-quality welded joints. In the mechanical engineering company's automated welding machines, the welding head is the most important component as it has to to be capable of executing rotary movements of +/- 720° . The same requirements therefore apply to the cables and hoses that have to be guided reliably and safely within the welding head. The adjacent construction and media supply components must be as flexible as the welding head. There was a limited amount of space available for the energy supply system, all of which was to be integrated into the supporting structure of the machine.
Direct coupling of a twisterband with an R4 energy chain. The system, which igus harnessed with suitable connectors, labelled appropriately and assembled in the form of modules, enables easier assembly. The 24/7 design of the components ensure low maintenance and low-wear operation. When maintenance is necessary, simple and speedy replacement is possible.