In bearing points in the food and packaging industries, temperatures and speeds are frequently high. Ensuring that mechanisms function reliably requires durable plain bearing solutions that can continuously handle friction and heat. Another challenge is electrostatic charges. iglidur AX500 now gives igus, the motion plastics specialist, a new, wear-resistant material for high-temperature applications that also has ESD properties.
Presented last year as a prototype, igus has now developed its first isense plain bearing series with five iglidur materials for predictive maintenance. Whether in the food industry, textile machines, forklifts or construction machines, with the intelligent isense plain bearings, users receive a durable and lubrication-free solution that provides information about their wear. Maintenance can be planned in good time and machine and system failures are prevented.
For safe and reliable production in the electronics and semiconductor industry, components are required that have electrostatically conductive properties. This is because even a small electric shock can destroy expensive production lines. igus has now developed a new stable material for the SLS method so that users can make their wearing parts with ESD properties flexibly and cost-effectively. The lubrication-free special parts made of iglidur I8-ESD can be printed and shipped within just few days.
High speeds and high waves not only make for a lot of fun on board high-speed boats, they can also be dangerous as passengers experience a physical shock every time the boat’s hull strikes the water. Vibration-dampening seats with bearings that absorb these shocks are therefore called for. Designers are able to rely on wear-resistant igus linear bearing technology, thanks to the use of tribo-polymers that are lubrication-free, maintenance-free and corrosion-free.
For lubrication-free sliding in a very small space, igus has now developed three new materials made of maintenance-free tribo-polymers as coating material for metal components such as metal sheets, valves or even shafts. This means that, for users who do not have enough space to install a plain bearing, a wear-resistant, compact and cost-effective solution is now available