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Cost-effective improvement of railway technology with energy supply and bearing technology

Tech up, Cost down with high-performance polymers and flexible cables with EN 45545 and NFPA 130 certification

Using public transport is an important contribution to the protection of our environment. To make train trips more attractive for passengers, an intact rail network and working trains have to be the rule, not the exception. Railway technology therefore requires durable components that meet high quality requirements, including the fire protection standards EN 45545 or NFPA 130. Our motion plastics meet these demands, and are furthermore lubrication-free, which minimises maintenance effort and costs. This factor is not insignificant if train trips are to be attractive in terms of price too.
Railway samples of igus products
Equipping innovations with igus products for InnoTrans 2024

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Our sampling service provides you with customised advice and design of e-chains, cables, linear drives and bearings for railway technology. 
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User reports from the railway technology sector

Light rail door with igus products

Space-saving light-rail doors

Developing compact passenger doors for new light-rail vehicles on the Metro del Valles line in Barcelona is the job of Masats, a Spanish company. Engineers used igus chainflex control cables and e-chains in the door opening mechanisms.
Deutsche Bahn idea train with igus plain bearings

Deutsche Bahn IdeasTrain

Deutsche Bahn's idea train is an initiative that presents new ideas for passenger transport. On the platform, the partner companies are developing specific concepts that show convenient transportation in the future.
Deutsche Bahn idea train with igus plain bearings

All user reports

Discover more success stories from various areas of railway technology. From maintenance-free lead screws for the operation of sliding steps to shaft guides in doors of high-speed trains.

Application areas in railway technology

Discover the various application possibilities and the advantages offered by igus products for railway technology.
  • Durable products, service life predictable with free online tools
  • Numerous igus products meet Hazard Level 3 according to DIN EN 45545 or NFPA 130
  • Special plain bearing materials also fulfil requirement sets R22 and R23, while certain cables fulfil R15 and R16
  • Maintenance-free, vibration-dampening bearing technology without any additional lubrication
  • High temperature resistance from -50°C to +170°C
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Cost-effective igus polymer products for rail technology

Plain bearings iglidur RW370 GV0 and J350

High-temperature plain bearings

  • EN 45545 HL3
  • High wear resistance
  • iglidur RW370: meets requirements set R22/R23
  • iglidur G V0: meets requirements set R24
  • iglidur J350 in use with high dimensional stability up to +180°C continuously
CF9.UL control cable

Control cables for compact passenger doors

  • Robust and durable thanks to TPE outer jacket
  • Suitable for limited installation space
  • Guarantee up to 4 years
  • CF9.UL control cable
E2 micro energy supply system

e-chains easychain and E2 micro

  • EN 45545 HL3, R22/R23
  • NFPA130
  • Silent and smooth operation
  • easychain: easy to fill, for high accelerations
  • E2 micro: small inner heights and bend radii, high torsional resistance
dryspin® high helix lead screw

Spindle nuts iglidur J350

  • EN 45545 HL3, R24
  • In trapezoidal and high helix thread, cylindrical design or as flange types
  • Quiet, vibration-free operation
igus spur gears

Spur gears

  • Customised configuration with no minimum order quantity
  • High wear resistance
  • Noise-reducing
iglidur RW370 round bar

iglidur RW370 round bar

  • EN 45545 HL3, R22/23
  • High wear resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction

Railway samples of igus products

In 24/7 operation without lubrication or maintenance

Lead screw technology in rail technology

▲ Tech up: 25% less wear, 30% longer service life due to thread asymmetry and 88% lower weight ▼ Cost down: 50.9% more cost-effective compared to metal lead screw nuts
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igus sample box corner

Railway technology sample display

Trying out made easy: with the igus corner you always have the latest motion plastics that are individually tailored to the industry right at hand.
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igus railway sample box

Passenger transport sample box

The sample box contains iglidur bar stock, a dryspin lead screw, iglidur plain bearings, a self-adjusting igubal bearing, chainflex cables and an e-chain.
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igus Railway Freight sample box

Goods transport sample box

The sample box for goods transport contains different iglidur plain bearings, a self-adjusting igubal bearing, an iglidur thrust washer and iglidur bar stock. 
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Tested in the test laboratory for use in the real world

All products are tested for wear and load capacity under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. This allows precise determination of product service life.

We can therefore provide you with certainty for your railway technology application and its wear. Upon request, igus performs customer tests to check product use under specific conditions.
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Rail technology product brochure

Important information about our products and services
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igus online tools

Configure your desired product online, calculate its service life, and reduce process costs
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