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Maintenance-free for quiet, continuous
operation in automatic machinery

The possible uses of automatic machines have become more diverse and with increasing mechanisation, many more innovations can be expected. Vending machines, for example, are no longer merely used to sell things, they also serve as advertising surfaces and can gather user data for monitoring purposes. They have long been a part of everyday life and, in most cases, are hardly noticeable any more. Above all when they work reliably and without problems. Bearings and gears in payment systems, shelves that can be pulled out with linear guides, electric linear systems that move scanners or product dispensers, energy chains that carry cables: all these components are expected to meet high requirements with regard not only to their performance but also to their design and they are often in use around the clock. Our maintenance-free, high-performance polymers ensure that vending machines, which are expected to work autonomously, are not permanently dependent on maintenance assistance from us human beings.

Benefits of igus products:

  • Maintenance-free
  • Cost-effective
  • Save installation space and weight
  • Easy assembly
  • Complete systems or individual components from batch size 1
  • Service life calculation
  • Low noise and low vibration

Free samples – as a box or individually for your application

See for yourself the quality of our motion plastics

  • Order a free motion plastics sample box with our most important products and information on different applications  
  • The box is not specific enough? We will find the right product for your application and send you an individual sample free of charge.

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New products in 2021

3 news highlights in less than 3 minutes

A video on our highlights for vending machinery

This year, we are launching 168 innovations altogether. Industry Manager Andrej Schmidt will present the top news for vending machinery in less than two minutes. For example, the lightweight iglidur F gears:

  • Very low coefficient of friction
  • Wear-resistant material for continuous operation
  • Maintenance-free properties reduce costs for lubrication and maintenance
  • Higher running performance

Find out more about iglidur F gears

Reliable and compact - with brake

3D printing with up to four materials

Maximum angle of rotation: 360°

Curious about more innovations? You can find the news overview here.

The huge motion plastics sample box

Trying things out made easy: with the igus corner, you always have the most recent motion plastics suited to your individual industry sector at hand. 
We will bring the display to you, assemble it upon request and fill the compartments with the products of your choice. Or you can set it up yourself. As a permanent exhibition or for a limited period of time.

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Selected motion plastics for the vending machine industry

E2 micro e-chain

E2 micro e-chains

For the smallest of installation spaces

UL94-V2 (optional V0)

Stable, light and quiet

chainflex CF130.UL & CF140.UL cables

chainflex CF130.UL & CF140.UL

PVC outer jacket (CF140 shielded)

For medium-duty applications


drylin E linear robots

drylin E linear robots

Fast assembly

Defined stroke length

Everything from one source

drylin E electric linear axis and linear drive with motor

drylin E single axes with a motor

Easy installation

Proximity switch mounting by means of T slot

Everything from one source, readily assembled and tested

drylin N low-profile linear guides

drylin N low-profile linear guides

Very lightweight

Low installation height 6-12mm

Numerous carriage options

drylin lead screw technology with dryspin technology

drylin lead screw technology

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

Low noise and low vibration


Low Cost Automation for the catering industry

Lubrication-free, lightweight components with fast return on investment

robolink used to serve coffee

Barista robot with maintenance-free components for 24-hour use

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drylin ZLW in use in a 'smart' kitchen

Kitchen automation with motion plastics – hygienic, quick and easy

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drylin portal used to serve cakes and pastries

Automation in the catering industry with the igus modular system

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Here, motion plastics are already being used successfully

Tested in the test laboratory for use in the real world

All products are tested for wear and durability under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. The results are entered into our tools to calculate service life and allow for precise predictions regarding their durability.
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely tailored conditions.

What are the most important regulations for food sector vending machine manufacturers? How can installation space be saved in the face of a growing product range? The igus blog features interesting articles on vending machine technology.

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I look forward to answering your questions

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Monday to Friday from 7 am - 8 pm.
Saturdays from 8 am- 12 pm.



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