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Technical data

  • What was needed? Maintenance-free ball bearings
  • Requirements: reduction of friction, freedom from lubrication
  • Material: xirodur B180
  • Industry: material handling
  • Success for the customer: Ishida Europe increased service life and reduced maintenance intervals significantly by using xiros polymer ball bearings.
About Ishida:Ishida Europe is a worldwide leader in the development, manufacture and installation of entire weighing, inspection and packaging line solutions. They develop automated systems for handling food and other products. These solutions include among others: weighing machines, such as multihead weigher and check weighers, packaging machines and pick-and-place systems.

Ball bearings in conveyor rollers of Ishida Europe machine


These conveyor rollers are primarily used in industrial plant. The stainless steel bearings used previously were very prone to failures and required a great deal of maintenance as they had to be lubricated and wore quickly due to friction.


Ishida Europe found the solution with xiros polymer ball bearings made of xirodur B180 with stainless steel balls. After the switch to the self-lubricating and FDA-compliant ball bearings by igus, the conveyor rollers function almost free of downtime and maintenance.