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ESD/ATEX components made of wear-resistant materials

Components made of conductive and dissipative high-performance polymers are used to protect people and machines from the consequences of electrostatic discharge. Whether during work with sensitive electronics components, in machines with delicate parts or in potentially explosive environments with a lot of dust or gases - wherever friction can contribute to sparking, a special protection against electrostatic discharge is essential. igus offers a wide range of wear-resistant components made of anti-static materials which, thanks to the incorporated solid lubricants and their special composition, have an especially long service life and considerably reduce the amount of maintenance work needed.  

Dissipative components for the protection against electrostatic discharge and ATEX

Energy chains

ESD components: energy chains
Overview of ESD

Energy supplies for ESD areas and potentially explosive places


Electrostatically discharging bearings


Special parts with ESD properties


ESD polymers

Wear-resistant polymers with electrostatic dissipative properties - ideal for protection against ESD and ATEX

iglidur® F2

  • Specific volume resistance < 109Ωcm, testing method DIN IEC 93
  • Surface resistance < 109Ω, testing method DIN 53482

xirodur F180

  • Specific volume resistance 1012Ωcm
  • Surface resistance 1012Ω

xirodur F182

  • Specific volume resistance10Ωcm
  • Surface resistance 104Ω

iglidur F

  • Specific volume resistance < 103Ωcm, testing method DIN IEC 93
  • Surface resistance < 102Ω, testing method DIN 53482

iglidur I8-ESD

  • Surface resistance 3.6x107Ω
  • Specific volume resistance 2.8x107Ωcm DIN EN 62631-3-2: 2016-10

igumid G

  • Specific volume resistance 1011Ωcm
  • Surface resistance 1011Ω

Are all igus products ATEX certified?

Although the parts offered by igus are components according to the ATEX definition and hence ought to meet the ATEX guidelines, they themselves do not have to be certified. According to a TÜV Rheinland assessment, the ESD parts offered by igus do not fall under the guideline 2014/34/EU because they have no autonomous function and no ignition source of their own. Hence, they cannot be declared as being ATEX compliant. Nevertheless, components from ESD material prevent static loads and the resulting explosion hazard, which will help users acquire ATEX certification for the entire plant.  

Where are ESD components used?

A common application area for components made of ESD material are machines with sensitive electronics, such as vending machines. Even a minor discharge can cause a lot of damage, which would lead to direct financial loss for the operator. Another field is the equipment of workplaces that require particular ESD protection - for example, where sensitive electronic components are manufactured and maintained. Laboratory devices in research institutions and machines in medical technology are also often susceptible to ESD damage, which is why people often like to use electrostatically discharging materials, especially if they offer additional hygiene due to being lubrication-free. In the semiconductor industry, components made of dissipative material are used in the automation of the assembly of printed circuit boards.  

ESD parts play a significant part in machines used in explosion risk areas and in contact with easily flammable substances with high requirements regarding protection against explosion. For example, ESD parts by igus are found in tank wagons, deep drilling rigs and painting facilities. Especially when it comes to applications with easily flammable gases or a lot of dust, ESD products help protect plant and contribute to safety in the workplace.