In industry, the demand for smaller, lighter machines continues to grow, and industrial engineers are creating smaller and smaller designs for use in places where installation space is at a premium. With regard to components, more solutions are needed in the area of plain bearing technology, as every millimetre counts.
For lubrication-free sliding in very small spaces, igus has developed three new materials made of maintenance-free tribo-polymers as coating materials for metal components such as sheets, valves or even shafts. This means that compact, wear-resistant and cost-effective solutions are now available for users who do not have enough space to install a plain bearing.
In order to meet these requirements, igus applied its decades of experience to the development of tribologically optimised plastics and has developed three new maintenance-free and lubrication-free tribo-polymers as coating materials specially for very small installation spaces. As a result, not only the lubrication-free iglidur plain bearings but also the iglidur coating service for metal surfaces with the material iglidur IC-01 and the new IC-02, IC-03 and IC-06 materials are now available from Treotham.
The installation space needed for a plain bearing can be reduced through the use of a coating, which is ideal for small and compact machines and equipment. Thanks to the polymer coating, the surface of moving components is extremely durable and wear-resistant. The surface is also corrosion-free and resistant to chemicals thanks to the tribo-polymers. These coatings are used in valves and pumps, and for guide plates and systems.
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