igus has developed three new materials made of maintenance-free tribo-polymers as coating material for metal components such as metal sheets, valves or even shafts, for lubrication-free sliding in compact spaces. This means that for users who do not have enough space to install a plain bearing, a wear-resistant, compact and cost-effective solution is now available.
The demand for space-saving machines is continuously growing. As a consequence, technical design engineers are creating small machines and equipment for use where installation space is at a premium. As regards components, more solutions are called for in the area of plain bearing technology as every single millimetre counts. In order to meet the new requirements in the area of mechanical engineering, igus utilised its decades-long experience in the development of tribologically optimised plastics and has now 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 to the user.
The installation space needed for a plain bearing can be reduced through the use of a coating, making this solution 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 tribo-polymers also make the surface corrosion-free and resistant to chemicals. The coatings are used in valves, pumps, for guide plates and for guide systems.
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