Robust, lubrication-free components for airports and runways

Worldwide, about 50 million planes take off every day. A complex infrastructure is necessary if such flight operations are to go smoothly. Airports play a key role here. Wherever something has to move in an airport, igus products win over customers with their quiet, maintenance-free dry operation and reliability: at automated checkpoints and in body scanners, luggage transport  and flight simulators.
To minimise ground times for planes, ground support equipment that remains functional in all weathers is indispensable. Our energy chains and cables have proven themselves for years with their corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free materials and long service life. They are used in passenger boarding bridges, de-icing vehicles and systems, cargo lifters and conveyor belt vehicles.

Advantages of igus products in the airport:

  • Low noise and low vibration
  • Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

On the runway:

  • Resistant to weather and corrosion
  • Cost-effective and easy to install
  • 36-month guarantee


Areas of use

Baggage handling systems

Luggage management

Closed barrier systems

Airport security

Flight simulator exterior

Flight simulators


Successfully in use

De-icing aircraft

e-chains in use at -40 degrees

To reduce time, delays and therefore costs of de-icing and washing aircraft, MSG Production AS developed a fully automated all-in-one concept. The Norwegian company relies entirely on the advantages of motion plastics from igus: E2 & E4 series energy chains ensure reliable cable guidance, and igubal pillow block bearings provide the mounting of the cleaning nozzles.

Overview of aerospace applications

...and many further success stories

In this selection of more than 40 application examples, you can find out how our energy chains and bearing products are used in aviation and aerospace, where they fulfil different requirements. Here, it was necessary to overcome challenges such as high loads, extreme temperature differences, confined spaces or specifications requiring low weight.

Selected motion plastics for GSE and airports

E4Q e-chain

Energy chain system E4Q/R4Q

  • Can be opened and closed without tools
  • Optional noise dampeners for quieter operation
  • Saving materials leads to lighter weight

Various chainflex cables

Cables for motion

  • Suitable for tight bend radii and cold and abrasive environments
  • 36-month chainflex guarantee

drylin W rail with carriage

Linear profile guides

  • 100% maintenance-free and lubrication-free
  • Quiet and resistant to wear and dirt
  • Modular concept

iglidur J plain bearings, with or without flange

Plain bearings for medium loads

  • Very low wear with a number of different shafts
  • Vibration-dampening

Various igubal pillow block bearings

Pillow block bearings

  • For rotating, oscillating & linear movements
  • Great rigidity and durability with varying loads


Customer application examples