While the requirements in the area of material handling, especially intralogistics, are increasing continuously, the demands placed on the materials used due to the goods to be transported are also rising. Given the increasing speed, one important element of drive systems must always function reliably: the bearing. There are different types of guide roller: driven guide rollers made of steel, types made of stainless steel or plastic. They are used to establish a rolling contact between the conveyor frame and the conveyor belt.
Basically, guide rollers consist of an axle, which is enclosed in a sheath, and deep groove ball bearings with a flange in the form of end caps. The guide rollers supplied by igus can be used flexibly and, depending on the requirements, can be fitted with different deep groove bearing bearings. The igus conveyor rollers are not only used in the area of material handling but also in labelling machines, the packaging industry and the food industry, where they are sometimes used as guide rollers.
The online tool for configuring your guide roller will provide you with a suitable product after you have entered your requirements in just a few steps. Simply enter the outer diameter and inner diameter, and specify the load and the temperature of the application.
In this labelling machine, polymer ball bearings are used in up to 36 guide rollers instead of metal solutions made of steel, which were too heavy and had to be lubricated. Their task is to guide the plastic film as it moves through the machine. Service life was increased and maintenance costs were lowered. Up to now, the polymer ball bearings have ensured that the guide rollers operate quietly and that the machine performs its task without interruption.
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