Lubrication- and maintenance-free high-performance igus plastics from Treotham Automation offer a number of advantages in several areas of industrial truck design. For example, iglidur plain bearings are used for high-load pivots, and chainflex cables and e-chains provide narrow bend radii and high lifting heights in the mast.
The reliability of an industrial truck is a critical factor: any downtime leads to lost production and therefore costs money. Therefore, robust and reliable components are needed to avoid such failures. This is where motion plastics from Treotham are used, because they are specifically designed for dynamic applications and have a long service life.
This includes igus' highly flexible chainflex cables, which can be used both in the seats and in the mast. These cables are resistant to UV rays and oil, they are flame retardant and have been extensively tested in the igus test laboratory.
In industrial trucks, the cables must be guided safely in the smallest possible space. Energy chains are ideal for this task, as they not only have a high torsional resistance and a safe interior space that protects the cables, but also are compact and allow the smallest bend radii.
In forklifts, e-chains are used, for example, for seat adjustment and in the mast mechanism of narrow aisle lift trucks, where they protect the cables from external influences.
Also in the cockpits of today’s industrial trucks, ergonomic seat adjustment is essential. Here, drylin linear guides provide easy and low noise adjustment of seat position, headrests, armrests and the like. The drylin linear technology is very light as the carriages slide on iglidur high-performance polymers. They need no additional lubricants, provide long service life, are very low-maintenance and resist impacts.
The bearing points of forklifts are subjected to high loads, and are an ideal application for maintenance-free iglidur plain bearings. There are a wide range of plain bearings listed in the catalogue, which are made from over 50 tribo-plastics with special properties.
Some of these bearing materials are characterised by a high load capacity up to 250MPa and so are installed in bearing points for high-load rotating applications. Others have very low coefficients of friction and so are ideal for steering column bearings or on pedals. Regardless, all iglidur plain bearings have long service lives, are lubrication-free, cost-effective, lightweight and vibration dampening.
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