Saving time and money is vital in today’s uncertain economy. To cut costs, design engineers should consider the merits of self-lubricating plastic bearings. They are lightweight and require virtually no maintenance. Self-lubricating plastic bearings withstand demanding application conditions, including extreme temperatures, high loads and continuous operation.
Plastic plain bearings can reduce costs by 25% when compared to bronze, metal-backed and custom injection-molded bearings. Eighty percent lighter than conventional steel alternatives, plastic spherical bearings compensate for misalignment errors and edge loads, eliminating the need for costly readjustment, reaming or retrofitting. For linear applications, plastic bearings can potentially cut costs up to 40% as a corrosion-resistant alternative to metal ball bearings. Linear guide systems featuring plastic gliding elements are also a cost-effective choice due to their resistance to dirt, dust and chemicals.
igus® offers 9,600 bearing products ranging from iglide® plastic plain bearings and igubal® spherical bearings to DryLin® linear bearing and slides. Free samples available.