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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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Sausage-, Fish- and Meat processing

Products in machines for sausage, fish and meat processing

Sausage-, Fish- and Meat processing    

Glass production

Higher variability at lower costs - Multidimensional energy supply systems raise the performance of robots.

Glass production    

Industrial laundry equipment

The previous bearing material was nylon, which was prone to moisture absorption...

Industrial laundry equipment    

Mechanical shutter mechanism

A production solution was required to replace the prototype joint design which was costly, timely to assemble...

Mechanical shutter mechanism    

Boot lid hinges

It was decided to explore the possibilities of a plastic bush and igus® was contacted to discuss the situation. Plastic bushes had previously been explored...

Boot lid hinges    

Baking oven

The hot plates for the chapatti baking oven are linked together in a chain...

Baking oven    

Streetcar switches

The applied material repels chips with temperatures up to 850° C without leaving a trace.

Streetcar switches    

Filtration equipment for frying fat

For top-quality French fries - The lubricant-free polymer bearings in a filtration device for fry fat contribute to maintain food quality.

Filtration equipment for frying fat    

Veneer assembling
machine

Pivot and rotate under pressure - High-performance polymers in wood working.

Veneer assembling  machine    

System filtration plant

A bearing was sought for the following application: Hot frying oil up to 220° C, food safe. Solution to the problem: iglidur® A500 bearings.

System filtration plant     

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    

Steel works

Extremely difficult conditions: Dirt and dust, heavy filling, long travel and high temperatures. The system functions since 2003.

Steel works    

Road construction

An asphalt finisher applies hot and cold bitumen mixtures. The e-chain® supplies the front area of the vehicle and is exposed to extreme dirt.

Road construction    

Steel mills

Temperatures up to 1200°C or lashing blaze from the oven pose high demands on the plant.

Steel mills    

Belt tensioner

iglidur® plastic plain bearings in belt tensioner.

Belt tensioner    

Disc brake caliper bearing

iglidur® plastic plain bearing in the disc brake caliper of a utility vehicle

Disc brake caliper bearing    

Gears

iglidur® polymer bearings in shift forks in transmissions

Gears    

Throttle valves

iglidur® plastic plain bearing in throttle valves.

Throttle valves    

Ultra high vacuum gadget

Despite the particularly very high temperatures (up to 180°C during baking out of the gadget), the igus® plain bearings provide for the necessary flexibility and simultaneous precision.

Ultra high vacuum gadget    

Mechatronic bearing

The availability of the application even at above 100°C temperatures was guaranteed by the application of plastic plain bearings made of iglidur® X.

Mechatronic bearing    

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    

UV reflectors

A UV radiator unchanged for 10 years was reconstructed and improved in the details. The iglidur® Z flange bearing reduces here the costs and the amount of maintenance.

UV reflectors    

Railroad platform

The hinge elements and cam rollers of the ramps are inserted with two iglidur® Z plain bearings respectively.

Railroad platform    

Cable guide on the robot

In the case of these robots, the hosepackage had to be replaced very fewweeks.

Cable guide on the robot    

Sewage treatment plant

The used igus® products prove themselves till today and drastically reduce the maintenance input.

Sewage treatment plant    

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    

Furnace for the steel industry

This newly developed gas-fired furnace only requires onethirdof the usual time to heat up rollers in the steel industry

Furnace for the steel industry    

Reflector telescope

This telescope has been installed on theCanary Island of La Palma and registersthe gamma rays that strike the earth fromouter space.

Reflector telescope    

Portal milling machine

The previously used energy supply system as a rule wore out after nine months; the cables were destroyed by hot chips, which led to production failures.

Portal milling machine    

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine

Application of drylin® high-temperature bearings in bag forming, filling and sealing machine for the sealing bar bearing

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine    

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    

Photovoltaics

Dust, sand, heat and rain: Energy chain for the solar technology for multiaxial movements in a photovoltaic plant.

Photovoltaics    

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    

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine

The crimpers in hose packaging machines often reach temperatures of 160°C and above in continuous operation.

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine    

Beverages industry

Clean and FDA-compliant machine components for beverage machines.

Beverages industry    

Mobile and stationary saw mills

Maintenance-free polymer bearings in mobile and stationary saw mills.

Mobile and stationary saw mills    

LED screen

Temperature-resistant chainflex® cables in an LED screen.

LED screen    

Taconite mine

The next long distance with a plastic chain: 550 m.

Taconite mine    

High-speed thermal shakers for standard specimen containers in the laboratory

Hot and quick

High-speed thermal shakers for standard specimen containers in the laboratory    

Efficient hardening with ultraviolet radiation

Easy and durable

Efficient hardening with ultraviolet radiation    

Pizza machine

Hot and cold

Pizza machine    

Controlled horizontal screen for a large planetarium

Economical even when exposed to heat

Controlled horizontal screen for a large planetarium    

Catering kitchen technology

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

Catering kitchen technology    

Straightening technology

Quick, straight, precise: this is how the requirements in sheet metal machining can be summarized. Sophisticated straightening technology makes all this possible.

Straightening technology    

Inlet control device

The plain bearings must withstand static radial loads of 25 N/mm² at temperatures of 170°C - 200°C.

Inlet control device    

Commercial kitchen equipment

Loads up to 2000 N at temperatures of up to 250 °C characterize this application.

Commercial kitchen equipment    

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    

Indoor and outdoor cranes

Outdoor cranes must withstand harsh weather conditions. Indoor cranes also work under alternating moisture influences with simultaneous extremely high temperatures.

Indoor and outdoor cranes    

Coke oven

This system feeds coal to the compressor of a coke oven.

Coke oven    

Bank of lamps

This pivoted bank of lamps is equipped with 32 lamps à 4,000 Watts.

Bank of lamps    

Crankshaft assembly

This system is used to press toothed wheels onto shafts under heat. Then the still hot shaft is brought to the cooling station by a linear guide.

Crankshaft assembly    

Gantry machine tool

This gantry machine tool can be moved over 19 metres.

Gantry machine tool    

Excavator

Difficult environmental conditions such as dirt, lubricants, steel wool and temperatures between -30° and +50°C in particular make maximum demands on energy chains.

Excavator    

Crane in casting house

These three cranes are used to transport containers with liquid metal in a casting house.

Crane in casting house    

CNC machining center

High-temperature energy tubes for CNC machining centers withstand high temperatures and defy the ubiquitous flying chips.

CNC machining center    

Heavy load transporter

Rugged energy chains are technically and economically the first choice in the construction of an extendable heavy load transporter.

Heavy load transporter    

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    

Combination machines

The manufacturer relies on the very thick RX-tube for supply so that the performance data of the universal machine for milling and drilling remains correct in the long run.

Combination machines    

Jetpack

Since temperatures of several hundred degrees Celsius occur here, the pilot must wear fire and heat-resistant clothing. The bearings used also have to withstand the high temperatures and pressures.

Jetpack    

Car kit

igus® bearings are used for the gear shift linkage.

Car kit    

High-pressure washer

This high-pressure washer uses a planetary gear box.

High-pressure washer    

Mars robot

This robotic vehicle is designed for a very special environment: it will one day be driving on Mars.

Mars robot    

Dental casting machine

This casting machine is used in dental laboratories to make dentures. Dentures are made with it​​.

Dental casting machine    

Breweries

Plain bearings are used, made of iglidur® A500, an FDA-compliant high-temperature material.

Breweries    

Wafer baking tongs

Due to the excellent wear resistance and freedom from lubrication, iglidur® X6 bearings are used in wafer baking tongs.

Wafer baking tongs    

Melting furnace

This furnace, which is used to melt stainless steel, is operated at very high temperatures.

Melting furnace    

Casting implements for car rims

Automotive wheels are manufactured here using the gravity die casting process.

Casting implements for car rims    

Steel production

High speed transportation of hot steel.

Steel production    

Suckling pig grill

A hot environment for the plastic bearing used in Michael Günther's suckling pig grill.

Suckling pig grill    

Galvanization facility

Six transport trolleys move material through the individual stations in this galvanization plant.

Galvanization facility    

Wafers for the world

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

Wafers for the world    

Visual inspection of small components

For the electrical adjustment of lighting units, Gefra uses complete linear drive units from the drylin® product range.

Visual inspection of small components    

Pellet stove

In the mechanical drive unit of a pellet stove, xiros ensures smooth running in the long-term.

Pellet stove    

Test robot

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

Test robot    

Food processor

This device is a food processor, cooking pot and pressure cooker in one.

Food processor    

Handling and contacting module

This handling and contacting module is used for the automatic electrical measurement of individual boards in the temperature testing cabinet.

Handling and contacting module    

3D Printing machine

With this 3D printer, the working area is moved using a lifting mechanism.

3D Printing machine    

Water pump

This pump permanently pumps water into a storage container that is used to delete forest and wild fire.

Water pump    

Automation

This industrial washing machine is equipped with several cylinder heads.

Automation    

Bike wash system

To mount the washing brushes, the manufacturer "cycleWash" has used two xiros slewing ring ball bearings.

Bike wash system    
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