The global site of the UK's leading magazine for automation, motion engineering and power transmission
18 June, 2024

Twitter link

Plastic material boosts bearing performance five-fold

27 July, 2011

The plastic bearings specialist igus has developed a new tribological material than can be injection-moulded to produce plain bearings that perform up to five times better than standard polymer materials. It is using the lubricant- and maintenance-free material in a new range of low-cost, heavy-duty plain bearings.

Initial tests suggest that, depending on the shaft material, the iglidur Q2 bearings performs two to five times better than standard polymers in pivoting applications at a radial load of 76MPa. The material can be used at temperatures from –40 to +200°C (or 130°C for continuous operation).

According to igus UK director Matthew Aldridge the new bearings “push the limits of injection-moulded bearings even further. The combination of high wear-resistance and low deformation characteristics makes the iglidur Q2 ideal for heavy-duty pivoting movements.”

  • To view a digital copy of the latest issue of Drives & Controls, click here.

    To visit the digital library of past issues, click here

    To subscribe to the magazine, click here



"Do you think that robots create or destroy jobs?"



Most Read Articles