From the first tentative attempts to get started in 1983 with few parts, it has evolved over time through intensive research and learning into a mature product range with numerous options for dry operation and cost reduction.
igus® presented the first iglidur® bearings at the "K" Trade Fair in Dusseldorf 30 years ago.
The iglidur® product range from igus® has been available now for exactly 30 years. The name stands for plain bearings made of high performance plastics which have been optimised in terms of wear and friction coefficients over the decades by our in-house research. All plastic plain bearings from igus® contain millions of tiny little solid lubricants that make an external lubrication unnecessary. This makes them ideal for unusual applications such as underwater, in a dirty environment or in the food industry.
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With the "iglidur® on tour", igus® celebrates the anniversary at this year's K: a small car with a plastic body is equipped with iglidur® components and sent on a trip around the world. With this action, igus® demonstrates not only the diverse application of its polymer plain bearings worldwide, but also the performance capability of iglidur®.
"I'm always surprised when we implement something
with lubricant-free plastics today, which we
could hardly have dreamt of a few years
Frank Blase, Managing Director of the igus® GmbH in Cologne
"Our customers are our foremost inspiration. With
new areas of application, they always provide us with
new challenges. There is the 'manus®'
developer's prize for your most courageous solutions with
plastic plain bearings. “
Gerhard Baus, Head of the Plastic Plain Bearings division
"The smallest change in the mixture can fundamentally
revolutionise a polymer material.
Therefore we run more than 3,000 tests annually with
about 150 experimental materials. Only the best
make it into the catalogue. “
Dr. Ralf Selzer, Head of Development of Plain Bearings