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Improve technology and reduce costs

For years the igus® motto has been "plastics for longer life®". By this we mean the production of innovative plastic products which reduce maintenance work, achieve technical improvements, at the same time as reducing costs and increasing service life, everything delivered immediately from stock.

Our customers were able to improve the technology and reduce costs in more than 590 applications.
Some examples:

Longest travel in the world - no more downtimes

The longest travel with plastic energy chain  

The e-chain systems® today clearly contribute toward reliability, as system downtimes, for example through cable breaks, are reduced to zero.

Cables defy heat, sun, rain and snow

LED screen  

Previously used cables from a competitor had failed; since then the temperature-resistant chainflex® cables are used; the larger-than-life size LED screen in Dallas functions in any weather.

Rough environment, high speed

Special machine construction  

Even in particularly aggressive ambient conditions like in this high speed machining center, energy supply systems prove their reliability.

Costs saved, machine
availability increased

Beverages industry  

As iglidur® plain bearings have a long service life, and in addition need not be lubricated and costs only a fraction compared to conventional bearings, 90% of the costs could be saved.

More than Euro 10,000 saved each year

Fully automatic tire fitting lines  

The previously used bearings were blocked and the shafts used to break. The lubricant-free igubal® flange bearings used instead have been operating since May 2007 without failure. This saved Euro 2,440 in repair costs and Euro 8,400 in machine stoppages each year.

Trouble-free operation instead of shaft destruction

Concrete pipe cutter  

Due to the dirt accumulation in the ball bearings, the balls were blocked and the shafts were destroyed. The concrete cutting machine has now run for over three years entirely free of troubles despite the extremely heavy-duty operation.

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Products for forming, filling and sealing machines

Products for forming, filling and sealing machines

Products for forming, filling and sealing machines    

Weighing technology

igus® weighing technology products in the packaging industry

Weighing technology    

Sausage-, Fish- and Meat processing

Products in machines for sausage, fish and meat processing

Sausage-, Fish- and Meat processing    

Machining center

Top condition even after 9 years - Preassembled energy supply systems for precision machines working under tough environmental conditions

Machining center    

Sewage treatment plant

Energy chain system instead of cable drum - Smooth operation at the sewage treatment plant since 2000

Sewage treatment plant    

Flanged ball valves

The extreme resistance to chemicals was decisive for the application of iglidur® bearings.

Flanged ball valves    

Leather industry

Precise and durable - Polymer bearings for novel leather splitting machine.

Leather industry    

Aseptic filling machine

Bearing materials marked by special properties such as low coefficients of friction in dry operation, resistance to chemicals and low humidity absorption in equal measure are best suited for the application in high-tech beverages bottling plants.

Aseptic filling machine    

Lifting device in food industry

The employed liner also compensates for a minor misalignment in the axles. The most important feature is the fat-free and chemical resistant version.

Lifting device in food industry    

Pillar cleaning facility

The bearings have been installed about a year ago and since then operate free of troubles in the manufacturing.

Pillar cleaning facility    

Bagging machine

Application of polymer plain bearings in bagging machines for caustic soda.

Bagging machine    

Powder coating-
plant

Conventional guide systems break down as no oil or fat whatsoever should enter the dipping bath.

Powder coating-  plant    

Autosplit D3 splitting machine

Gold at manus® 2007: Autosplit D3 splitting machine

Autosplit D3 splitting machine    

Painting robot

After a multidimensional energy supply system was installed over two years ago, a faultless lacquering could be provided and with it, the round-the-clock availability of the robot.

Painting robot    

Filling valve

The challenge: The operating temperature is maximum 140°C and the applied material must be resistant to all cleaning agents used in the beverages industry.

Filling valve    

Sewage treatment plant

The existing system with a motor cable drum proved to be not resistant enough in the difficult outdoor environmental conditions, and was replaced by a flizz® system.

Sewage treatment plant    

Forming, filling and sealing machine

drylin® high temperature bearings are used in the tool guide system of this forming, filling and sealing machine.

Forming, filling and sealing machine    

Champagne bottle
sealing machine

drylin® in a champagne bottle
sealing machine in the filling technology.

Champagne bottle sealing machine    

Transfer unit

drylin® - Application in the food technology due to the freedom from lubricants.

Transfer unit    

Packaging machines

This application uses drylin® T linear guide system to steer gripping plates.

Packaging machines    

Bottle washing machine

By the application of iglidur® RN plain bearings, the drive energy required for the bottle washing machine could be significantly reduced.

Bottle washing machine    

Flanged ball valves

Extreme chemical resistance in small lots was decisive for the application of iglidur® X plain bearings in almost all flanged ball valves of the company Pister.

Flanged ball valves    

Filling and sealing machine

Besides the high chemical resistance, the iglidur® J plain bearings offer a maintenance-free dry operation in this application.

Filling and sealing machine    

Foodstuff machine

Both the housing material and the universal ball and socket connection are made of food-compatible materials.

Foodstuff machine    

Beverages industry

Plastic plain bearings economize the filling of PET bottles.

Beverages industry    

Textile machines

Energy supply systems for knitting machines provide for quality and flexibility.

Textile machines    

Moving cleaner for textile machines

Preassembled energy supply system on moving cleaner for textile machines.

Moving cleaner for textile machines    

Painting robot for car door seals

The robot with the replaced energy supply system has already painted about 1.2 million seals - and that too without a single failure.

Painting robot for car door seals    

CNC automatic lathes

Pre-assembled e-chain systems® increase machine availability in CNC automatic lathes.

CNC automatic lathes    

Efficient hardening with ultraviolet radiation

Easy and durable

Efficient hardening with ultraviolet radiation    

Innovations for sewage works

Saves costs and better

Innovations for sewage works    

Robot for recovery and inspection work

Resistant and long-lasting:

Robot for recovery and inspection work    

Catering kitchen technology

Chemical-resistant and corrosion-free: maintenance-free polymer plain bearings in catering kitchen appliances.

Catering kitchen technology    

Tilt-table

Tilt-table for turning laboratory specimens.

Tilt-table    

Battery filling machine

The plain bearings in the components are constantly exposed to air containing acid.

Battery filling machine    

Dialysis machine

The reasons for using plastic plain bearings in this dialysis machine are the physiological safety, the abrasion resistance under high loads and the chemical resistance.

Dialysis machine    

Meat portioner

JAM-08 pillow block bearing and KBRM-08 rod end bearing in a meat portioner / packing device

Meat portioner    

Garden appliance

Truck-mounted customized spraying systems for gardening and tree care companies.

Garden appliance    

Sausage skin production

Machine for producing sausage casings.

Sausage skin production    

Guide vanes

Bearings on guide vanes in condensers.

Guide vanes    

Pneumatic rotary drive

Requirements: fluctuating ambient temperatures, use in steam pipes with steam temperatures of 135 °C, use in acid and alkali tanks.

Pneumatic rotary drive    

Hose pump

Physiologically safe bearing assembly in a medical hose pump.

Hose pump    

Chip conveyor

The bearings in this chain conveyor must be able to run dry, yet also come into contact with aggressive coolants and metal powders.

Chip conveyor    

Dough mixer

The baking ingredients can easily settle in the mixer's catch and make it stick. iglidur® J is made of plastic and is therefore resistant to dirt and chemicals.

Dough mixer    

Semi-conductor production

In the extremely chemically aggressive environment of semi-conductor production, metal plain bearings were regularly replaced after 2 to 3 weeks. Using iglidur® X plain bearings, the bearing point could be operated for years without problems.

Semi-conductor production    

Transportation units for car assembly

These racks are used to transport car bodies and consumables from coating to the paintshop in passenger car assembly.

Transportation units for car assembly    

Automatic Zinc Line

igus® energy chains have successfully replaced the dangling cables previously used to supply the rotary drums in this zinc line.

Automatic Zinc Line    

Wet film thickness gage

This precision tester for accurate and rapid measurement of all liquid paint, coatings, oil coatings and adhesives is equipped with a durable and solvent resistant xiros® B180 ball bearing.

Wet film thickness gage    

Thermoforming machine

In this thermoforming machine for coffee creamer packages, the xiros® A500 polymer ball bearings are used due to their high chemical resistance.

Thermoforming machine    

Painting equipment

The various work processes like aluminum etching are sometimes done with extremely aggressive materials.

Painting equipment    

Cutting system for confectionary products

The „ConCut“ is a CNC-controlled cutting system for confectionary products.

Cutting system for confectionary products    

Ham cutter

This machine is also used for processing food, in this case raw ham.

Ham cutter    

Dry toilet

This dry toilet has special requirements for the components used.

Dry toilet    

Cheese-wheel turners

The rapid and hygienic cleaning of the machine was an important factor.

Cheese-wheel turners    

Transport with chains

This equipment is used in the food industry. The baked goods are separated on these chains.

Transport with chains    

Machine for frying Spanish omelettes

Gold Award at manus® 2011: Machine for frying Spanish omelettes of Carmelo Lagunas Escudero, Spain

Machine for frying Spanish omelettes    

Zinc electrolysis, bathing halls

The sulfur fumes generated by the electrolysis are highly corrosive and corrode the customer's system. igus® products withstand these extreme conditions.

Zinc electrolysis, bathing halls    

Material treatment

This application prepares raw material for the subsequent production of screws and rivets.

Material treatment    

Shutoff valve

Plastic plain bearings in process engineering: Completely maintenance and lubricant-free.

Shutoff valve    

Swimming pool cover

Despite high installation costs, the solution with ball bearings and shrink tubing never achieved a proper sealing. The problem could be solved thanks to igubal® flange bearings.

Swimming pool cover    

Sausage link cutting machines

Clean, durable, and maintenance-free: polymer plain bearings in the food industry.

Sausage link cutting machines    

Humidity measurement

This plant measures the humidity in technical textiles – without contact – at any point on the belts, which are up to 6 metres wide.

Humidity measurement    

Wafers for the world

Sturdy lead screw linear system for extracting paper ice-cream cones.

Wafers for the world    

Test robot

This robot is called “Porton Man” and tests protective clothing for the British military.

Test robot    

Front grille

This front grille is fitted underneath the radiator grille and can be moved during travel.

Front grille    

Isolator

This isolator is used for the sterile packaging of syringes.

Isolator    

Industrial machine

This industrial machine is used for manufacturing matches and is thus permanently exposed to humidity and chemicals.

Industrial machine    

Washing machine

This machine cleans print sleeves.

Washing machine    

Industrial machine

This machine is used in the meat processing industry.

Industrial machine    

Test system

This system examines the quality of rubber caps for pharmaceutical bottles.

Test system    

High-speed placement system in the food industry

Machines, equipment and systems for slicing food products on plastic plain bearings.

High-speed placement system in the food industry    

Automation

This industrial washing machine is equipped with several cylinder heads.

Automation    

Multihead weigher

Plain and linear bearings from igus® in multihead weighers

Multihead weigher    
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