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igus test laboratory: research on 4,000m²

Proven, predictable, tested

Tech up, cost down - at igus we manufacture our materials and products according to this motto. These offer you a long service life, which extends the operating time of your machines and applications, eliminates maintenance work and reduces costs. Our engineers consider workpiece quality and safety (that is, workpiece resilience and service life) as important criteria in development. Every igus product is tested thoroughly before it is made available for sale. To this end, we have been operating our own test laboratory since 1985. It's not only the industry's largest test laboratory for tribopolymers in terms of area, but it also conducts the highest number of product tests and test procedures.
Long life guaranteed

This page offers you the following details regarding our test laboratory

What is tested?

Our facilities for testing applications and materials cover a total of more than 4,000m². Every business sector has its own test laboratory, and we test some product areas together:
  • 2,000m² outdoor test area for energy chains and chainflex cables with particularly long travels
  • 1,500m² test area for chainflex cables in our own energy chains
  • 300m² test area for iglidur plain bearings, drylin linear bearings and Low Cost Automation - the latter partly under real conditions in quality assurance
  • NEW: 200m² test area for igus:bike and bicycle components
To be able to develop new cleanroom-compatible products more quickly, we operate our own cleanroom laboratory with an ISO Class 1 cleanroom system in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPA. An outdoor testing area, a laboratory for noise tests and the climatic chamber with -40°C complete our test area. To achieve maximum realistic conditions, we also test customer applications and conduct standard industry tests.

How many tests are conducted in the igus laboratory?

Annually, a large number of tests and material examinations are conducted in the numerous test facilities:
  • Over 15,000 tests in total, including around 4,000 for e-chains and chainflex and around 11,000 for dry-tech (rotating, swivelling, linear, tumbling, heated, underwater etc.).
  • 10 billion e-chain cycles
  • 3,500 tested cables
  • 450 test rigs for bearings
  • 400 customer-specific tests
External test of an energy chain with long travel

What happens to the test data?

The use of testing data does not stop after development. We have been developing innovative online tools since 2001 and sensor-based smart plastics since 2016, which use the database of our test laboratory results. With these tools, the economic efficiency and reliability of our products can be determined quickly and very easily online around the clock. This means a high degree of transparency for our customers, enabling engineers to find the most cost-effective, functioning solution to their problem. More than 40 tools are available to you free of charge, including:
Test data from our test laboratory are fed into online tools

The different areas of the test laboratory

... by product area

Tests of chainflex cables Tests of chainflex cables
Tests of igus:bike and bicycle components

... by application area

Tribology and tribopolymers


Tribology is the core of our motion plastics

The use of wear-resistant materials and maintenance-free components not only saves money but also reduces the risk of wear-related equipment failure or extensive maintenance work. igus has acquired considerable know-how in tribology and a large amount of data in the test laboratory - ideal conditions for all mechanical engineers. The reason: machines today are often used to capacity in three-shift operation. In the light of the growing challenges, searching for the tribologically optimised component is time well spent for every plant manufacturer.
Dr.-Ing. Ralf Selzer in the plain bearing test laboratory

What are tribo-polymers?

"Tribology is the science of friction and wear. Tribologically optimised polymers are those that exhibit minimal friction behaviour and low wear rates. Base polymers, solid lubricants and reinforcements are combined in our dry-tech products in such a way that the bearings, unlike those made of metal, do not require additional lubrication, all desired characteristics are met and only the slightest friction, heat generation and abrasion occur."Dr.-Ing. Ralf Selzer, Head of Research and Development Plain Bearings

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igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH