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Tech up and cost down – with igus high-performance plastics

We set high standards for ourselves and our products: Improve what moves! Bearing technology, energy supply systems, Low Cost Automation, 3D printing, and smart plastics all have one thing in common: their purpose is to improve technology and reduce costs. Ideally, we can achieve both: Tech up, cost down! To this end, we offer high-performance motion plastics that give you the following advantages:
 
  • Long service life
  • No additional lubrication necessary
  • Up to 70% lighter than metal products
  • Resistant to dirt, chemicals, corrosion, heat, and cold
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THE advantage of our motion plastics: long service life - tested and predictable!

You can rely on our products made from high-performance plastics. So that you know that this is really the case and exactly how long our motion plastics will last, you can easily calculate the service life in advance. Where do we get the data? From our test laboratory, which we have been operating since 1985 and which is now unique in the industry with an area of 3,800m² and over 15,000 annual tests. And from our customers, whose requirements and feedback give us valuable development information. In addition, a growing number of our products are available as smart plastics whose material condition can be monitored and any replacement reported in good time. All this leads to the long service life of our motion plastics, which is one of many advantages: Tech up, cost down.
 
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Bearing and linear technology: lubrication-free and durable

Our materials and bearing and linear technology designs are diverse: From plain, spherical, and ball bearings to slewing rings to gears to linear guides and linear axes, all of which can, for instance, be food grade, high load, or resistant to high temperature, chemicals, and UV. The core of our developments is friction optimisation. All material mixtures are optimised with filler and solid lubricants for low coefficients of friction, no external lubrication necessary. No lubrication intervals or maintenance interruptions. Our technology runs trouble-free for as long as conditions allow. And since our materials are tailored to many conditions, that can be a very long time compared to other materials.
dry-tech compared to metal products

Bearing technology from igus is

  • Lubrication-free 
  • Corrosion-free 
  • Lightweight 
  • Easily configured and ordered 

Bearing technology from igus can

  • Reduce costs by up to 89.5% 
  • Be a technical improvement 
  • Service life calculation 
  • Individually projected 

Energy supply: reliable chain-cable combination

The best bearing technology cannot show its added value if the machine cannot run because it cannot get any energy. Data, power, and media cables are neuralgic points of a machine where the cause of a failure can often be found. Our energy chains, movement-optimised chainflex cables, and ready-to-connect readycables have been developed to prevent failures and allow long service life. They are available as individual components or complete ready-to-install energy supply systems.
Energy chain and chainflex compared to competing products

Energy supply systems from igus are

  • Easily installed
  • Space-saving installation
  • Quiet operation
  • Quickly retrofitted with individual cables
  • Robust in wind, weather, dirt and chemicals

Energy supply systems from igus can

  • reduce purchasing cost by up to 64.7% 
  • reduce installation time by up to 88% 
  • reduce weight by up to 48% 
  • Guide energy, data, air and media in parallel
  • be calculated in the service life and that with up to 4 years guarantee

Low Cost Automation

Low Cost Automation:
modular and low-cost


The idea behind our Low Cost Automation was to automate small and large applications in the service sector or large-scale industry as simply and with as little cost as possible. Articulated arm robots, delta robots for pick & place applications, and linear robots for flexible, modular deployment now allow entry into the automated factory concept. And our range of automation solutions continues to grow.
 
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3D printing

3D printing: abrasion-resistant and durable


Print convincing 3D models quickly: To this end, we developed our own 3D print filaments made of abrasion-resistant plastics that last as much as 50 times as long as comparable products. We also support 3D printer design with compact, durable energy chains and linear plain bearing technology that requires no lubrication or maintenance. The design is complemented by our online 3D printing service.
 
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smart plastics

smart plastics: digitally networked


Adding sensors to products such as energy chains, cables, and bearing technology enhances system planning reliability. We call these intelligent products "smart plastics". With condition monitoring or predictive maintenance recommendations, these digitalised products prevent expensive application failures, saving time and money.
 
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Everything at a glance

The most important facts and services about igus and our motion plastics products in a compact overview.
New igus products in 2023

New products in 2023

You can find all new 2023 products and digital offers in our interactive catalogue. Discover all 217 new products now.

Successfully in use

In more than 80 countries and more than 50 industries, motion plastics make our customers' everyday life easier and improve their applications.
Virtual IMPS trade show

Virtual IMPS trade show

Experience our products at our physical/virtual trade show stand – the igus motion plastics show (IMPS).

Large test laboratory

Our products undergo more than 15,000 tests a year on 3,800m2 - in the largest test laboratory in the industry. Also your individual application.

Sustainability

During production, in use and at the end of their service life: How sustainable are our high-performance plastics?

Certificates & approvals

igus is audited and certified every year. This is how we ensure that each of our products meets our high quality standards.

Shipping & delivery times

243,000 products from stock, ready to ship within 24 hours. Order with no minimum order quantity and without minimum order value.

Awards for our products



manus award

For exceptional plastic bearing applications

vector award

For unique energy chain projects

ROIBOT award

ROIBOT award

For clever automation solutions


Augmentations for our products

Platforms

igus platforms

Augmented realities

igus digital products

Apps

igus apps



The terms "Apiro", "AutoChain", "CFRIP", "chainflex", "chainge", "chains for cranes", "ConProtect", "cradle-chain", "CTD", "drygear", "drylin", "dryspin", "dry-tech", "dryway", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-loop", "energy chain", "energy chain systems", "enjoyneering", "e-skin", "e-spool", "fixflex", "flizz", "i.Cee", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "igumid", "igus", "igus improves what moves", "igus:bike", "igusGO", "igutex", "iguverse", "iguversum", "kineKIT", "kopla", "manus", "motion plastics", "motion polymers", "motionary", "plastics for longer life", "print2mold", "Rawbot", "RBTX", "readycable", "readychain", "ReBeL", "ReCyycle", "reguse", "robolink", "Rohbot", "savfe", "speedigus", "superwise", "take the dryway", "tribofilament", "triflex", "twisterchain", "when it moves, igus improves", "xirodur", "xiros" and "yes" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries. This is a non-exhaustive list of trademarks (e.g. pending trademark applications or registered trademarks) of igus GmbH or affiliated companies of igus in Germany, the European Union, the USA and/or other countries or jurisdictions.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH