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Vertical farming - vertical agriculture


Producing foodstuffs is becoming more and more challenging. This is not surprising, considering there are currently 7.6 billion people on earth, with an annual growth rate of more than 80 million people. Furthermore, over half of the world's growing population is drawn to big cities - and everybody needs to be provided with food, such as fruit and vegetables. This leads to the development of mega cities and ever larger metropolitan cities. At the same time, however, questions arise as to the future production of foodstuffs, as food production - from a realistic point of view - is neither modern nor sustainable. Metropolitan cities like New York are now required to provide for themselves more and more, acting in a way that saves resources and economising. Here, vertical farming, also referred to as indoor farming, comes into play. This refers to agriculture at a vertical level in closed spaces. The small amount of available space in urban regions is used for generating the highest possible economic value.
 
Conventional agricultural areas are rare in congested urban areas and traditional farming is only possible to a limited extent. The future is the direct cultivation in cities. By this means, high transport costs and CO² emissions can be avoided. The machines used in vertical farming work in a highly sensitive environment. Therefore, requirements regarding the components installed in vertical farms are high. With its wide range of maintenance-free products, igus ensures a reliable operation. By doing without lubricants, ensuring FDA compliance and highest hygienic standards, plants, vegetables, salad and fruit are not contaminated. Furthermore, igus products are corrosion- and maintenance-free and resistant to dirt. Our Low Cost Automation systems enable cost-effective farming throughout the year, in addition to a fast return on investment.


Vertical Farm - the benefits at a glance

  • 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
igus ensures:
  • Freedom from lubrication and maintenance; no contamination of the products
  • Resistance to dust and dirt
  • Fast ROI due to cost-effective automation components
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • FDA-compliant

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New from April 2020


drylin stainless steel

Low-profile stainless steel toothed belt axis

▲ Tech up

System height of only 40mm with new installation size Ø 10

Rugged and corrosion-resistant

▼ Cost down

Variable width, stroke length and carriage length, allow adjustment to any application


Find out more about drylin ZLW-10120
Robot adapter kits

Adapter kits for ZLW toothed belt axes

▲ Tech up

Matching adapter kits for robolink DP and UR with UR cap integration

Up to four times more workspace for robots

▼ Cost down

Toothed belt axis ZLW-20 from the standard linear construction kit

Find out more about drylin® ZLW axis 7
iglidur PRT inner drive teeth

Slewing ring bearing with inner drive teeth

▲ Tech up

Now, possibility of even more compact driving due to drive from the inside

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

▼ Cost down

20% more cost-effective than PRT-01 series

Ready-to-install solution, no need to build it yourself

Learn more about iglidur PRT-04

Low Cost Automation for vertical farming

Bearing technology for vertical farming

Energy chains for vertical farming


Tested for use in the real world

A view of the test laboratory for energy chains
drylin test laboratory with 500 tests each year

Selected applications of our customers


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