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Front loader test stand

Weathering effects just like in real life

The front loader test rig is part of the 3,800m2 igus test laboratory. The aim of this rig is to test various combinations of plain bearings and shafts for the agricultural and construction machine sector under realistic conditions. Each test examines various combinations in a direct comparison. This makes it possible to test various iglidur materials as well as metallic bearings.
The test rig allows us to compare existing customer solutions (such as steel bushings, metal-rolled bearings with Teflon coating, bronze bearings etc.) in a real application with maintenance-free iglidur plain bearings.
Front loader test stand
The results are not only important with regard to front loaders, but can also be applied to other applications involving heavy loads. Similar parameters can generally be found in all applications which are driven by a hydraulic cylinder. 
We would be happy to offer you a test for your plain bearing application. According to the required parameters, of course, further test rigs are available to test the application as closely to real conditions as possible.
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Key data of the test rig:

Tank Volume flowWorking pressureMotor Control system
300l66l/min.Max. 220 bar11kWPLC controlled with 10" touch display

Different modes possible:

TravelsVibrating operationMax. loadVmax
Single tripSingle500kg (variable)4 cycles/min. at full pivot
Single trip combinedMultiple
Synchronous travel


Test results in detail

iglidur Z plain bearing on galvanised shaft

Plain bearing on galvanised shaft

Comparison: Metal composite bearings, iglidur Q2 and iglidur Z plain bearings

Test result: Not all iglidur materials are suitable for use on galvanised surfaces.
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iglidur Z plain bearing on CF53h shaft

Plain bearing on hard chrome shaft CF5

Comparison: Metallic rolled bearing, iglidur Z and iglidur Q plain bearing

Test result: The combination of the plain bearing material iglidur Z with a hard chrome CF53 shaft has the lowest wear rate here.
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iglidur J plain bearing on 304 SS shaft

High loads on stainless steel?

Comparison: Metal composite bearings and iglidur J plain bearings

Test result: Even at high loads, the wear of iglidur J plain bearings is much lower than with metal composite bearings. 
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iglidur Z plain bearing on nitrocarburated St52 shaft

Plain bearing on nitrocarburated shaft St52

In the test: Metallic rolled bearings, iglidur Q, iglidur G and iglidur Z plain bearings

Test result: iglidur Z delivered the best result by far.
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Previous test results


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