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Tech up and cost down - with high-performance plastics

The benefits of our products are as individual as your requirements. They all have one thing in common, whether they to do with bearing technology or energy supply systems: they are intended to improve technology and reduce costs in the process.Unique to us is certainly the prediction of the service life of our products and the free online tools, with which the service life can be calculated. Where did we get the data? From our test laboratory, which is also unique in the industry with a size of 3,800 m² and around 15,000 annual tests. And from our customers, who give us valuable information for development with their requirements and feedback. More and more of our products are also available as smart plastics, where the material condition can be monitored and a possible replacement can be notified in good time.

Bearing technology - lubrication-free and durable

Our materials and technology designs are diverse: high temperature, food­grade, high load, UV and chemical resistant, plain bearings, linear technology, self-aligning bearings, gears, lead screws, 3D printing, automation and more. The core of our developments is friction optimisation. All material mixtures are improved with filler and solid lubricants so that low friction values are achieved and no external lubrication is necessary. There are no lubrication intervals for trouble-free operation. Our technology runs without maintenance interruption for as long as conditions permit. And since our materials are tailored to many conditions, this can be a very long time compared to other materials.

Metal vs. dry-tech

Bearing technology from igus is:

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

Bearing technology from igus can:

  • Cost down 
  • A technical improvement 
  • Service life calculation 
  • Individually projected 


Chain + cable = energy supply - No output without input

The best bearing technology cannot show what added value it brings if the machine does not run at all - because it does not get any energy. Data cables, power cables and cables with media are neuralgic points of a machine, the cause of a failure can often be found here. Our energy chains and the cables optimised for movement have been developed to prevent failures and enable long service life. They are available as complete ready-to-install systems or as single parts.

e-chain and chainflex vs. competition

Energy supply systems from igus are:

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

Energy supply systems from igus can:

  • Cost down 
  • A technical improvement 
  • Service life calculation along with up to 36 months guarantee
  • Individually projected, worldwide
  • Guide energy, data, air and media in parallel

Low cost automation

Low Cost Automation

Automate small and large applications in the service sector or large-scale industry, as simply and cost-effectively as possible: This was the idea behind our Low Cost Automation. Articulated arm robots, delta robots for pick & place applications, and linear robots with flexible, modular deployment are to allow entry into the automated factory.

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3D printing

3D printing

Print convincing 3D models quickly: With this goal in mind, we not only have developed our own 3D printing filaments made of abrasion-resistant plastics, but also support the design of 3D printers with compact, durable energy chains and linear plain bearing technology that requires no lubrication or maintenance. They are complemented by our online 3D printing service.

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smart plastics

smart plastics

Equipping products such as energy chains, cables, and storage technology with sensors enhances system planning reliability. We call these intelligent products "smart plastics". With condition monitoring or predictive maintenance recommendations, these digitalised products avoid expensive application failures, saving time and money.

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Most recent awards for our products


More information about our plastics

 

Successfully in use

In 72 countries and more than 50 industries, motion plastics make our customers everyday life easier and improve their applications.

Sustainability

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

Online tools

Easily configure your desired product online with our digital helpers, calculate service life, reduce process costs.

Over 15,000 tests per year

... our products pass through our 3,800 m2 test laboratory - the largest in the industry. We also test your individual application.

Certificates/Approvals

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

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Shipping and delivery times

Ready to ship in 24hrs. No minimum order quantity Over 200,000 products ex-stock.

manus award

Every second year we award the most innovative plastic plain bearing applications of our customers. Here are the current winners:

vector award

Furthermore, every two years, we award prizes to exceptionally bold energy supply solutions from our customers. You can see the current award winners here:


The terms "igus", "Apiro", "CFRIP", "chainflex", "conprotect", "CTD", "drygear", "drylin", "dryspin", "dry-tech", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-loop", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-spool", "e-skin", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "print2mold", "readycable", "readychain", "ReBeL", "robolink", "speedigus", "tribofilament", "triflex", "xirodur" and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany, and, where applicable, in some foreign countries. 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, Bosh Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mentioned on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH.