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Now Up to 6 times More Wear Resistant

igus Inc.

Plain bearings: new nano material “iglide X”

Plain bearings: new nano material “iglide X”Maintenance-free plastic plain bearings made from iglide® T500, one of 12 standard materials from bearings specialist igus®, are high-tech problem solvers for temperature-, pressure- and chemical-critical applications. The company is now launching an advanced bearing material using nano particles. The material iglide X6 presented during the IMTS 2010 show is up to six times more wear resistant at long term temperatures of 482 degrees Fahrenheit.

Polymer plain bearings made from iglide T500 have been around since the mid-1980s. They run dry at a long-term application temperature of -148 degrees Fahrenheit to +482 degrees Fahrenheit (up to +599 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods). Even at a permanent temperature of 482 degrees Fahrenheit, the bearings can still withstand a surface pressure of about 21,750 psi (pounds per square inch). In addition, this material absorbs very little moisture and is resistant to almost all chemicals. This high-temperature material, which has proved its worth in thousands of applications over many years, is available from stock in more than 250 dimensions.

Improved heat relaxation
In 25 years of polymer research, the possible applications for lubrication-free polymer plain bearings have been continually expanded. Following comprehensive testing and many initial trials, igus’ iglide X6 material has topped previous standards. This new material is up to six times more wear-resistant than iglide T500 under the influence of temperature and demonstrates significantly reduced relaxation behavior. For the user, this means the press fit of the bearings is improved by up to 50 percent. In addition, the material has an even greater resistance to chemicals.

Opportunities presented by nano technology are being used
Nano technology was used to optimize the new X6 material. In this area, surface properties play an increasingly important role compared with the material volume properties. In nano technology, the size of the object determines properties. These are ‘size-induced functionalities’. The use of nano particles has a decisive influence on the superior performance of iglide X6 plain bearings, especially under the influence of temperature.

About igus
igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems.  With more than 70,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide.  Product lines include Energy Chain Systems® to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings.  For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.

iglide, igus, Energy Chain Systems, Chainflex, DryLin and  igubal are registered trademarks of igus Inc.  All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

For press inquiries:
Nikki Groom
Marketing Specialist

Courtney Toomey
Marketing Specialist

For general inquiries:
igus Inc.
PO Box 14349
East Providence, RI 02914

Toll free: 1-800-521-2747
Tel: (401) 438-2200
Fax: (401) 438-7270

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