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igubal® bearing elements application examples

igubal® bearing elements can be used without problems even in harsh environments and are maintenance-free. They are corrosion-resistant in humid environments. The operating temperature is from -30°C to +80°C. Seals are not necessary, even in extremely contaminated conditions. This is true for fine dust as well as coarse dirt.
Every year, igus® engineers develop more than 100 new plastic compounds and conduct more than 3500 tests on maintenance-free plain bearings every year, and thus over the years has established a large database of polymers' tribological properties.

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In a wide range of industries, solutions are technically improved and costs saved by the use of igubal® bearing elements.


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High sea catamaran

and the first one that is variably adjustable in its width.

Swimming pool cover

Despite high installation costs, the solution with ball bearings and shrink tubing never achieved a proper sealing. The problem could be solved thanks to igubal® flange bearings.

Feeder magazine for furniture components

In this case, the use of igus® products is not only advantageous from a technical, but also from a financial point of view when compared to competitive products.

用于控制中心测试台

只有广泛的地球测试才能表明适用于太空应用的组件是否合适。

Plastic spherical bearings for electric wheelchairs

Lubrication- and maintenance-free plastic bearings provide the required functional reliability in electric wheelchairs.

4D seats

Maintenance-free igubal® pedestal bearings are used in theatre seats; they are noiseless and operate reliably even at high loads.

Car kit

igus® bearings are used for the gear shift linkage.

Lubrication-free linear and spherical bearings for baked goods gripper

This gripper picks up freshly baked goods from a conveyer belt and packs them in baskets.

Cross-trainer

When the design was revised, the metal pivoting bearings used so far were replaced by igubal® KGLM pivoting bearings.

Electric golf trolley

Four igubal® pivoting bearings from igus® were tested for the floating axle through the drive, and found to be suitable after several months of tests.

Ergonomic seat mechanism

The use of an igubal® EFSM flange bearing has allowed the development of a maintenance-free and silent seat mechanism element.

Flexible roofing

With this system, for example, terraces can be roofed flexibly. The roof is even waterproof in the closed state.

Plain and spherical plain bearings withstand strong vibrations in grain sorters

This machine cleans and sorts all types of grain. First the grain is separated from other material by an air current.

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.

Camera tripod

This adjustable camera tripod is usually used for cameras that have their centre of gravity well beyond the bearing axis.

Small electric plane

To achieve the best flying conditions, all components must be lightweight and at the same time as durable as possible.

Mars robot

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

Pagepulltester

This pagepulltester is a high-precision measuring instrument for the bookbinding industry.

Artificial joint

This joint is a new development to be used in prostheses. iglidur® J plain bearings and igubal® spherical bearings are installed in it.

Solar aircraft

The prototype of the „Sunseeker Duo“ solar plane is the world‘s first solar-powered two-seater.

Gritting unit

The screwconveyer of the gritting unit has to be mounted movable in order to compensate axial offset and dynamic movements in the screw.

Adjustable arm chairs

the armrests of this chair are adjustable, to accommodate the needs of the individual user.

Wave machine

Since the tank is filled with salt water, the components used may not be susceptible to corrosion.

igubal® CD/DVD工业

CD / DVD生产/加工工程 - 工程塑料关节轴承适用于工厂中的高可用性应用。

Equipment manufacture

Lubrication-free tribopolymers in extreme application - Packaging unit for profiles.

Automatic door and gate drive

In outdoor use, the igubal® rod end bearings perform their task absolutely free of maintenance.

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igubal®球面轴承在地铁应用中用作绝缘部件。

Rescue Robot

与他的小机器人一起,Jonas Thees 参加了2006年在不来梅举办的RoboCup比赛。 他以14岁的年龄靠自己的设计在救援机器人组中,赢得了少年组的世界冠军头衔。

水量调节系统

BIOGEST GmbH - 水量调节系统

Fully automatic tire fitting lines

No more expensive repairs

Screen facade for primary school

For wind and rain

“Portamobil” assembly aid for door leaves

Can be handled alone

Helicopter drone

Light and free from play

Chemist prescription printer

Precise and effective

Hand-operated water pump

Resistant to wind and rain

Small LED spotlight

Movable and attractive

Cleaning robot

Light and clean

Student project "PLC laboratory"

High positioning accuracy

Bipod for sports firearm

Maintenance-free and resilient

Inspection device

The bearings reliably transmit the high radial centering forces with low friction and free of stick-slip and minimize the arm system's friction through their integrated start-up.

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.

Climbing robot

The objective was to keep the weight of the climbing robot as low as possible, so that it can move with suction cups on smooth surfaces like window panes.

Electrically driven children's car

Polymer bearings in electric cars for children: Top quality was achieved.

Rotor head

iglidur® G is the problem solver in this rotor head The rotor blades rotate about 400 times per minute and thereby execute oscillating motion with maximum 30°.

Banknote processing

Locking mechanism of a banknote processing machine: The double joint enables all necessary degrees of freedom and also absorbs the tensile strength.

3-axis tripod

Requirements for the design were stiffness, low-priced relocation and dirt resistance.

Measuring equipment

The igubal® ball heads are particularly well-suited for this requirement. They do not indicate any notable clearance even after about 15 million operation cycles.

Helicopter load system

A novel external load system for helicopters required a low weight, high reliability with simultaneous weather resistance and freedom from maintenance.

3D flow distributor

Ball bearing assemblies are very precarious due to the lubricant particularly under water. Stainless steel guidances cannot be considered due to the high costs. Plastic is used also for hygienic reasons.

Bagging machine

Application of polymer plain bearings in bagging machines for caustic soda.

Special bikes and therapeutic accessories

Plain, spherical and linear bearings made of plastic help to improve mobility and the quality of life

Snowboard-like appliance

Snowboard-like appliance

Soccer table

Application of a high-value spindle lift table with steep-threaded spindle, linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings.

PLC laboratory trainer

The aim of the concept is to demonstrate to the students how to handle a programmable logic controller (abbreviation: PLC) in an attractive way.

Eraser robot

The eraser robot of the Hans Böckler-Schule at the Berufskolleg Münster combines technology with cultural history.

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine

Maintenance-free plastic bearing defy all outer influences and provides for the required service life.

Cordless screwdriver race

The unusual design for a recumbent bicycle has got what it takes: cordless screwdrivers are used here to drive it.

Photovoltaic tracking system

Wind, sand and sun: Plastic plain bearing for solar technology

Fitness equipment

New solutions for fitness equipment save production costs and assembly times.

Straightening technology

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

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine: Hygienic design of the format adjustment

On these horizontal forming, filling and sealing machines, the total freedom from maintenance over the machines' entire life cycle was particularly important for the customer.


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