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Improve technology and reduce costs

For years the igus® motto has been "plastics for longer life®". By this we mean the production of innovative plastic products which reduce maintenance work, achieve technical improvements, at the same time as reducing costs and increasing service life, everything delivered immediately from stock.

Our customers were able to improve the technology and reduce costs in more than 590 applications.
Some examples:

Longest travel in the world - no more downtimes

The longest travel with plastic energy chain  

The e-chain systems® today clearly contribute toward reliability, as system downtimes, for example through cable breaks, are reduced to zero.

Cables defy heat, sun, rain and snow

LED screen  

Previously used cables from a competitor had failed; since then the temperature-resistant chainflex® cables are used; the larger-than-life size LED screen in Dallas functions in any weather.

Rough environment, high speed

Special machine construction  

Even in particularly aggressive ambient conditions like in this high speed machining center, energy supply systems prove their reliability.

Costs saved, machine
availability increased

Beverages industry  

As iglidur® plain bearings have a long service life, and in addition need not be lubricated and costs only a fraction compared to conventional bearings, 90% of the costs could be saved.

More than Euro 10,000 saved each year

Fully automatic tire fitting lines  

The previously used bearings were blocked and the shafts used to break. The lubricant-free igubal® flange bearings used instead have been operating since May 2007 without failure. This saved Euro 2,440 in repair costs and Euro 8,400 in machine stoppages each year.

Trouble-free operation instead of shaft destruction

Concrete pipe cutter  

Due to the dirt accumulation in the ball bearings, the balls were blocked and the shafts were destroyed. The concrete cutting machine has now run for over three years entirely free of troubles despite the extremely heavy-duty operation.

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Laboratory equipment

The application was a laboratory 'rocking' piece of equipment and a 'reciprocating' shaker used for mixing...

Laboratory equipment    

Transport incubators

cost effective, exceeds infection control protocol, fits with the clean aesthetic of the Neo-Capsul and is a silent, low maintenance solution...

Transport incubators    

Electric injection moulding machine

Rondol Technology uses igus® polymer linear bearings to guide platens on an all its injection moulding machinery...

Electric injection moulding machine    

Electric powered wheelchair

Maintenance free, lightweight bearings and joints were needed for a folding steering mechanism on the new TJT Powerchair...

Electric powered wheelchair    

Therapy couch

Lubricant-free and quiet: iglidur® G in therapy couch

Therapy couch    

Hose pump in dialysis machine

iglidur® G bearings have proved their worth by their freedom from maintenance and lubricants, the good abrasion resistance under high loads and the resistance to media.

Hose pump in dialysis machine    

Workplace for the handicapped

Adjustable desktops in workplaces for the handicapped.

Workplace for the handicapped    

Toothbrush testing machine

Toothbrush testing machine runs with exceptionally low noise by the application of polymer plain bearings.

Toothbrush testing machine    

Notebook for the blind

Costs have been saved in mounting by the use of iglidur® plain bearings.

Notebook for the blind    

Reanimation equipment

Over 30 iglidur® plastic plain bearings assist to satisfy these requirements.

Reanimation equipment    

Artificial leg

Energy and torsion checks for artificial leg

Artificial leg    

Mobile operating table

To control andsupply the lying surface area, data and electrical cables, including hydraulic hoses, are run along the column.

Mobile operating table    

Surgical light

The motor-powered swiveling LED wings are adjusted with the aid of iglidur® JVFM-0810-08.

Surgical light    

Dialysis chair

Maintenance-free guide and bearing in arm and leg rest on the dialysis chair.

Dialysis chair    

Fitness equipment

New solutions for fitness equipment save production costs and assembly times.

Fitness equipment    

manus® Silver: Secure under high forces

Secure under high forces: maintenance-free plain bearings made of iglidur® Z can withstand extreme loads.

manus® Silver: Secure under high forces    

Weight relief for treadmill

Resilient and TÜV-tested

Weight relief for treadmill    

Automatic height compensation for stand-up wheel chairs

Stable and safe

Automatic height compensation for stand-up wheel chairs    

High-speed thermal shakers for standard specimen containers in the laboratory

Hot and quick

High-speed thermal shakers for standard specimen containers in the laboratory    

Height-adjustable seat

Quiet and maintenance-free

Height-adjustable seat    

SIR care assistant

Neat and free-moving

SIR care assistant    

Tilt-table

Tilt-table for turning laboratory specimens.

Tilt-table    

Automatic product feed

An automatic product feed takes products to a blister sealing machine.

Automatic product feed    

Basketball shooting device

Basketball shooting device for wheelchairs: Due to igus® products only a little energy is lost through friction, and there is only a minimal angular shift when the shaft accelerates vertically.

Basketball shooting device    

Dialysis machine

The reasons for using plastic plain bearings in this dialysis machine are the physiological safety, the abrasion resistance under high loads and the chemical resistance.

Dialysis machine    

Medical apparatus

Machine to carry out a non-invasive treatment of complaints on sole of foot fascias works with igus® linear plain bearings.

Medical apparatus    

Medical apparatus

Thanks to iglidur® plain bearings, the company was able to reduce its costs by 93%! The assembly times were reduced by 10 minutes.

Medical apparatus    

Wheelchair

Various plastic plain bearings are used on the different articulated joints of this multifunctional wheelchair.

Wheelchair    

Hose pump

Physiologically safe bearing assembly in a medical hose pump.

Hose pump    

Sit-on ski

Used in difficult conditions: vibration, random forces, sudden shocks and cold, wet snow.

Sit-on ski    

Lithotripter

This device breaks down kidney stones using electromagnetic shock waves, so that an operation is no longer necessary.

Lithotripter    

CT scanner

This CT scanner can be used to examine very small animals in vivo.

CT scanner    

Dorsal trainer

This equipment is used to train the dorsal muscles. In order to use it comfortably, the base must be adjustable.

Dorsal trainer    

Ski sledge

This innovative sledge allows people to ski sitting down. The sledge is steered by the feet and tilted by the hands.

Ski sledge    

Steering in electric wheelchair

Here, igubal® plastic rod end bearings from igus® are used in the steering on an electric wheelchair.

Steering in electric wheelchair    

Electric wheelchair

Plain bearings from igus® are used for the movement of the front and rear wheels. Thanks to them, there are no problems with wear or corrosion.

Electric wheelchair    

All-terrain wheelchair

This manus® contribution also shows an exceptional off-road wheelchair, the "Quadrix".

All-terrain wheelchair    

Examination table 2

This electrically adjustable examination table was also submitted to the manus® contest.

Examination table 2    

Eye examination table

The vertically adjustable examination table has been designed for eye examinations.

Eye examination table    

Medical body scanner

A drylin® T linear guide system is used in this medical body scanner.

Medical body scanner    

Joint prosthesis

In this prosthesis for pneumatic knee joints, iglidur® J piston rings replace the previously used PTFE guide bands.

Joint prosthesis    

Artificial joint

This joint is a new development to be used in prostheses. iglidur® J plain bearings and igubal® spherical bearings are installed in it.

Artificial joint    

Headrest

xiros® polymer ball bearings were used for the rotary movements of the headrest.

Headrest    

Analysis device

This application from the field of medicine is an analysis device that helps to diagnose different types of cancer at an early stage.

Analysis device    

Medication dispenser

This machine removes medications from the original packaging and re-packages them in smaller doses.

Medication dispenser    

Adjustment unit

A drylin® T-linear guide is used for adjustment. This easily copes with the cycle rate of 80 cycles per minute.

Adjustment unit    

Induction centrifuge

This newly developed induction centrifuge melts alloys for dental prostheses.

Induction centrifuge    

Walker

This walking aid has been built for children with brittle bone disease.

Walker    

Patient lift

The manus® contribution submitted here is the new development of a patient lift for ambulances for transporting patients who are able to sit in the vehicle.

Patient lift    

3-wheel design

Stairs are no obstacle for this wheelchair.

3-wheel design    

Laboratory instrument

The special device needed to be as economical as possible in its construction, and the individual components as maintenance-free and durable as possible.

Laboratory instrument    

Dental casting machine

This casting machine is used in dental laboratories to make dentures. Dentures are made with it​​.

Dental casting machine    

Electric wheelchair

This electric wheelchair also makes use of the properties of igus® plain bearings.

Electric wheelchair    

Laptop holder

This laptop holder has been specially designed for hospital beds.

Laptop holder    

Page-turner

This fully automatic page turner for people with disabilities can automatically turn the pages of many newspapers, magazines, folders, exercise books and the like.

Page-turner    

Prosthetic hand with individual plain bearings made of iglidur® bar stock

The bearings machined from iglidur® J bar stock are corrosion-resistant and have a low wear rate.

Prosthetic hand with individual plain bearings made of iglidur® bar stock    

Plastic spherical bearings for electric wheelchairs

Lubrication- and maintenance-free plastic bearings provide the required functional reliability in electric wheelchairs.

Plastic spherical bearings for electric wheelchairs    

Lab equipment for liquid handling

Freedom from lubrication and cleanroom compatibility can be ensured with the maintenance-free steep thread nuts.

Lab equipment for liquid handling    

Rehab equipment

This rehab equipment uses drylin® lead screw nuts for format adjustments.

Rehab equipment    

Therapy robot

The therapy robot helps patients to walk again after an operation. The robot does not simply limit this to level paths, but also simulates complex paths.

Therapy robot    

Zoom X-Ray detector

Only maintenance-free components can be used in this x-ray application.

Zoom X-Ray detector    

Filling unit

No more malfunctions when dosing fluids with precision.

Filling unit    

Remote dispensing drug

Two air-conditioned zones for storing pharmaceuticals and transporting these to the dispensing station.

Remote dispensing drug    

X-ray machine

This global innovation can be used to approach a patient in any desired position.

X-ray machine    

Test equipment

Robot energy chain triflex® R in test equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.

Test equipment    

Bottling plant in the medical and lab technology

Lubricant-free lead screw units for a bottling plant in the medical technology

Bottling plant in the medical and lab technology    

Treatment chair

This height of this treatment chair can be adjusted steplessly.

Treatment chair    

Automated medicine handling

Preassembled energy supply systems are used in the automated handling of medicines.

Automated medicine handling    

Bed

This height- and angle-adjustable bed is used in hospitals or doctors’ surgeries.

Bed    

Isolator

This isolator is used for the sterile packaging of syringes.

Isolator    

Training system

This training system supports people with neurological defects or spinal cord injuries during rehabilitation measures.

Training system    

Medical assistance system

This year’s Gold award winner is a system that assists doctors with keyhole cochlea implant surgery to treat inner ear deafness and profound deafness.

Medical assistance system    

Treatment chair

This custom-designed treatment chair is used in dental practices.

Treatment chair    

Wheelchair

This wheelchair manages completely without metal.

Wheelchair    

Ski seat for the disabled

Disabled people can be taken down ski slopes on this seat.

Ski seat for the disabled    

Lifting chair

This chair can be used to sit older or weaker persons up again after a fall without a great deal of strength being necessary.

Lifting chair    

Screening device

This screening device is used for examination of the female breast.

Screening device    

Medical technology

Wheelchair wheels which are exposed to a maritime climate are replaced with plastic bearings.

Medical technology    

Reading aid

This system helps people with visual impairment.

Reading aid    

Robotics

Surgical robots, which can work inside an MRI machine, are subject to research.

Robotics    

Medical

The system is used during the functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Medical    

Wheelchair

This hand wheelchair has a powered lifting mechanism for the seat.

Wheelchair    

Mobility solutions for people with disabilities

Maintenance-free igus® linear technology are used in electric wheelchairs and rehabilitation therapy systems.

Mobility solutions for people with disabilities    

Blister centre

igus bearing technology in an automated blister centre. Automated medicine handling for chemist shops/pharmacies: with over 7,500 systems installed worldwide, Rowa Systems from Becton Dickinson is a clear leader in this market segment.

Blister centre    
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