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1 minute read • published in partnership with igus

Feature: Vertical instead of horizontal – how motion plastics is making agriculture sustainable

Lubrication-free tribo-polymers ensure the reliable operation of vertical farming systems within the UK. Motion plastics from igus are playing a major role in the increasingly popular sector of vertical farming. igus is working with companies across the UK and worldwide to produce motion plastics for vertical farms, delivering fully automated sub-assemblies.

igus, whose UK headquarters are based in Northampton, is working closely with global companies specialising in vertical farming – the practice of growing plants indoors in stacked layers – by providing the lubrication-free tribo-polymers needed for this type of food production.

Motion plastics from igus are playing a major role in the reliable operation of vertical farming systems within the UK / Picture: igus

Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus UK, said: “The machinery used in vertical farming works in a highly sensitive environment, so our tribo-polymers are ideal as they are corrosion-free, low-maintenance and resistant to dirt, dust and soil. We are excited to be playing such a key role in vertical farming, a truly revolutionary approach that is producing huge quantities of quality fresh food without the need for favourable weather or skilled labour. This method reduces production and transportation costs, the resulting CO2 emissions and ensures reliable yield and consistent crop production all year-round – essential given we have 7.7 billion people currently living on earth and the world population continues to rise.”

The igus polymer bearings used ensure lubrication-free sliding in small spaces – a wear-resistant, compact, and cost-effective solution for users who do not have enough space to install a traditional greased bearing.

Further products used from igus are drylin linear robots and igus energy chain systems. All helping towards the evolution of vertical farming in the UK.