My contact person
e-chains®, chainflex®, cables, harnessed systems readychain®

Rina Adnan

+65 6487 1411
Photo
dry-tech® bearing technology

Azriyan Bin Zailani

+65 6487 1411
Photo

igubal® Spherical Bearing elements Application Examples

igubal® bearing elements can be used without problems even in harsh environments and are maintenance-free. They are corrosion-resistant in humid environments. The operating temperature is from -30°C to +80°C. Seals are not necessary, even in extremely contaminated conditions. This is true for fine dust as well as coarse dirt.
Every year, igus® engineers develop more than 100 new plastic compounds and conduct more than 3500 tests on maintenance-free plain bearings every year, and thus over the years has established a large database of polymers' tribological properties.

Search from over 140 applications of our customers


In a wide range of industries, solutions are technically improved and costs saved by the use of igubal® bearing elements.


More applications

Kiteboard

This kiteboard has to be able to cope with heavy impact as well as with humidity and soiling.

Steering system

This aerodynamic steering system is used on hovercrafts.

High sea catamaran

and the first one that is variably adjustable in its width.

Packaging machines

In this packing machine, the boxes are discharged at the end of the process via the ejector unit by means of a pivoting movement.

Stone industry

igubal® pillow block bearing in the stone industry.

Swimming pool cover

Despite high installation costs, the solution with ball bearings and shrink tubing never achieved a proper sealing. The problem could be solved thanks to igubal® flange bearings.

Feeder magazine for furniture components

In this case, the use of igus® products is not only advantageous from a technical, but also from a financial point of view when compared to competitive products.

Test stand for control centres

Only extensive earthbound testing can demonstrate the suitability of components for space applications.

Inspection robot

Light-weight and mobile robot to inspect pipes on inclines and declines.

Delta robot

As part of a study project, igubal® variable double spherical bearings were used in a robot with parallel kinematics due to the individual pitch sizes in small quantities.

Plastic spherical bearings for electric wheelchairs

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

Air bearing measuring carriage

In this air bearing measuring carriage, an igubal® spherical bearing is used because of its fast and smooth precisions.

4D seats

Maintenance-free igubal® pedestal bearings are used in theatre seats; they are noiseless and operate reliably even at high loads.

Asbestos system

For this reason, drylin® linear guides and igubal® KSTM pedestal bearings are used; these need no maintenance and are not affected by the aggressive asbestos either.

Car kit

igus® bearings are used for the gear shift linkage.

Automatic gate

This gate, which can be opened and closed automatically, is used in sport stadiums and is folded like an accordion.

Bakery products gripper

This gripper picks up freshly baked goods from a conveyer belt and packs them in baskets.

Cross-trainer

When the design was revised, the metal pivoting bearings used so far were replaced by igubal® KGLM pivoting bearings.

Electric golf trolley

Four igubal® pivoting bearings from igus® were tested for the floating axle through the drive, and found to be suitable after several months of tests.

Ergonomic seat mechanism

The use of an igubal® EFSM flange bearing has allowed the development of a maintenance-free and silent seat mechanism element.

Flexible roofing

With this system, for example, terraces can be roofed flexibly. The roof is even waterproof in the closed state.

Grain sorter

This machine cleans and sorts all types of grain. First the grain is separated from other material by an air current.

Inspection robot 1

This inspection robot was developed especially for use in pipelines.

Jetpack

Since temperatures of several hundred degrees Celsius occur here, the pilot must wear fire and heat-resistant clothing. The bearings used also have to withstand the high temperatures and pressures.

Camera tripod

This adjustable camera tripod is usually used for cameras that have their centre of gravity well beyond the bearing axis.

Small electric plane

To achieve the best flying conditions, all components must be lightweight and at the same time as durable as possible.

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.

Steering in electric wheelchair

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

Mars robot

This robotic vehicle is designed for a very special environment: it will one day be driving on Mars.

Pagepulltester

This pagepulltester is a high-precision measuring instrument for the bookbinding industry.

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.

Recycling plant

Each machine contains 69 igubal® fl ange bearings, which were chosen on account of their corrosion resistance, lubricant freedom and space-saving design.

Salami cutter

With this application, salami is cut into slices. As with all applications in contact with food, here too lubricants cannot be used.

Solar aircraft

The prototype of the „Sunseeker Duo“ solar plane is the world‘s first solar-powered two-seater.

Solar silicon growth equipment

Previously, metal bearings and linear guides were used, which rusted quickly and therefore required frequent maintenance.

Gritting unit

The screwconveyer of the gritting unit has to be mounted movable in order to compensate axial offset and dynamic movements in the screw.

Deep-sea drive

This motor is to drive deep-sea robots even at 6,000 metres under the sea.

Variable Flange Plates

igus® thrust washers and flange bearings were used for the new design. They made the elaborate milling of the base plate unnecessary.

Adjustable arm chairs

the armrests of this chair are adjustable, to accommodate the needs of the individual user.

Hydrogen cars

The steering unit, inclusive of the steering rod, is made of carbon fibres and is mounted with igubal® flange bearings and igubal® rod end bearings. These allow a weight reduction of about 30 per cent compared to other solutions.

Wave machine

Since the tank is filled with salt water, the components used may not be susceptible to corrosion.

Golf caddy

The igubal® flange and pillow block bearings compensate for the misalignments of the bent structure on this self-propelled golf caddy.

Accessory equipment for lawn care

In the accessory equipment for lawn care and outdoor cleaning, the igubal® flange bearings offer good value at a low price and a simple possibility for a corrosion-resistant bearing.

Paper banding machine

igubal® as alternative to metallic bearings in paper banding machines prevents the shaft from "seizing".

Leaching systems for bakeries

igubal® flange bearings put an end to corrosion, maintenance and expensive stainless steel alternatives in drive bearings of conveyor systems in the food sector.

Reflector telescope

Mirror adjustment of the telescope is performed virtually free of backlash with igubal® rod end bearings.

Circular knitting machine

igubal® spherical bearings of the dimensional series E by their maintenance-free feature and the omission of lubricants prevent any failure through the sticking together of textile fibers.

Mountainbike

The maintenance-free spherical bearings in the carbon yoke compensates for the frame and spring movements resulting from the dynamic quality of driving.

CD/DVD industry

Plastic rod end bearings provide for high plant availability.

Equipment manufacture

Lubrication-free tribopolymers in extreme application - Packaging unit for profiles.

Hydrogen-powered vehicle

Egg on four wheels - How rod end bearings and plastic bearings make a hydrogen-powered vehicle mobile.

Fertilizer spreader

A dynamic test reflects a service life of over 10 years.

Pneumatic flap control

The igubal® clevis joints made of plastic offer a cost-efficient alternative to stainless steel clevis joints

Accessories for plastic pneumatic drives

Corrosion-resistance and the low component weight are criteria which tipped the decision in favor of the igubal® components.

Lifter system for printing machine

Arguments for noise minimization and reduction of maintenance rate were decisive here.

Camera system

The spherical igubal® coupling between motor and camera dolly permits speeds up to 3m/s in curves.

Weight saving possible even in older systems!

The lifting device's own weight and thereby the rotating bulk and the load of the drive are reduced by the use of igubal® spherical bearings made of tribopolymers.

Mounting station

The pivoting and linear feed movement is implemented by means of drylin® linear guides and igubal® spherical bearing components.

Bicycle frame

In this two-wheeler, the linkage of rear wheel to the frame is implemented by means of maintenance-free rod end bearings.

Chocolate decoration system

Decorations without lubricants by using the maintenance-free igubal® rod end bearings make any sweet most relishable.

Automatic door and gate drive

In outdoor use, the igubal® rod end bearings perform their task absolutely free of maintenance.

Caravan step

The rod end bearings for the steps of the caravans are tough and insensitive to dirt.

Conveyor facility

The maintenance-free igubal® rod end bearing is used as connecting component between pneumatic cylinder and adjusting lever.

Kickboard

igubal® rod end bearings serve as connecting elements in the steering sector.

Displacement measurement sensor

No maintenance, no corrosion and the igubal® rod end bearings, painted in the housing color of the sensor, additionally form one unit with the cylinder

Textile industry

Concentricity errors and shocks are compensated for by means of spherical rod end bearings in the support of the thread guide unit for the thread winder.

Hose skiving machine

The used igubal® spherical bearings are insensitive to media in the surroundings and are thereby absolutely maintenance-free.

Stadium paneling

igubal® spherical bearings are used in the main bearing assembly of every individual slat due to their freedom from maintenance, corrosion resistance and atmospheric resistance.

Special-purpose vehicle

Dust-repellant and maintenance-free: The tough rod end bearings and spherical bearings do a sturdy job in the special-purpose municipal vehicles.

Current consumer

igubal® spherical bearings as insulating components in current consumers of the subway.

Enveloping machine

The stroke movement for a high-frequency, fully automatic enveloping system is implemented by plastic pillow block bearings and rod end bearings.

Conveyor system for the food industry

Abrasion, corrosion, high service life, resistance against cleaners were criteria for an application in the food sector.

Transport equipment

Simple pivot movements as well as compensation of misalignments are implemented in bearing assemblies of drive shafts and chain sprocket bearings with plastic pillow block bearings.

Recumbent bike

igubal® rod end bearings are used in the titling mechanism of this recumbant bike.

Speed boat model

It is possible to compensate alignment faults with igubal® spherical bearings.

Leaching system

In leaching systems and transport equipment, igubal® pillow block and flange bearings compensate for potential errors in the alignment of sheet metal equipment.

Foodstuff machine

Both the housing material and the universal ball and socket connection are made of food-compatible materials.

Wine cellar machine

The rod end bearings in the connection couplings withstand the fruit acid of grapes.

Packaging machines

Long service life with concurrent food-safe design characterizes this application.

Rescue Robot

With his small robot, Jonas Thees took part in the 2006 RoboCup in Bremen. The 14-year-old won the Junior World Championship title in the Rescue Robot section for his design.

Screw tester

9.9 million strokes tested without wear.

Tilt-table

Tilt-table for turning laboratory specimens.

Water regulation system

The used clevis joints and rod end bearings are corrosion-free and usable in liquid media.

Transport vehicle with 4-wheel Ackermann steering

Maintenance-free track accuracy

Fully automatic tire fitting lines

No more expensive repairs

Automatic cup supply system for cup filling line

No lubricants in food sector

Screen facade for primary school

For wind and rain

Packaging unit for profiles

Downtimes to zero

“Portamobil” assembly aid for door leaves

Can be handled alone

Helicopter drone

Light and free from play

Vibration training appliance

Good suspension and economical

Chemist prescription printer

Precise and effective

Hand-operated water pump

Resistant to wind and rain

Small LED spotlight

Movable and attractive

Cleaning robot

Light and clean

Student project "PLC laboratory"

High positioning accuracy

Bipod for sports firearm

Maintenance-free and resilient

Offshore

The bearings reliably transmit the high radial centering forces with low friction and free of stick-slip and minimize the arm system's friction through their integrated start-up.

Filling valve

The challenge: The operating temperature is maximum 140°C and the applied material must be resistant to all cleaning agents used in the beverages industry.

Climbing robot

The objective was to keep the weight of the climbing robot as low as possible, so that it can move with suction cups on smooth surfaces like window panes.

Handle dispenser

Application head of a handle dispenser.

Track vehicle

A problem that vexed the designers was the total weight and the occurring leverages. Here the weight should be saved.

Electrically driven children's car

Polymer bearings in electric cars for children: Top quality was achieved.

Rotor head

iglidur® G is the problem solver in this rotor head The rotor blades rotate about 400 times per minute and thereby execute oscillating motion with maximum 30°.

Banknote processing

Locking mechanism of a banknote processing machine: The double joint enables all necessary degrees of freedom and also absorbs the tensile strength.

Steering linkage

Steering linkage of the hydrogen-powered world record vehicle HYSUN 3000.

3-axis tripod

Requirements for the design were stiffness, low-priced relocation and dirt resistance.

Measuring equipment

The igubal® ball heads are particularly well-suited for this requirement. They do not indicate any notable clearance even after about 15 million operation cycles.

Helicopter load system

A novel external load system for helicopters required a low weight, high reliability with simultaneous weather resistance and freedom from maintenance.

Kinematic system

Kinematic system for automobiles: The employed plain bearing enables a tolerance adjustment of the loading platform to the side paneling.

3D flow distributor

Ball bearing assemblies are very precarious due to the lubricant particularly under water. Stainless steel guidances cannot be considered due to the high costs. Plastic is used also for hygienic reasons.

Bagging machine

Application of polymer plain bearings in bagging machines for caustic soda.

Rotary sorter

The igubal® flange bearings were by far the most cost-efficient alternative in comparison.

Powder coating-
plant

Conventional guide systems break down as no oil or fat whatsoever should enter the dipping bath.

Special bikes and therapeutic accessories

Plain, spherical and linear bearings made of plastic help to improve mobility and the quality of life

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.

Body-Turn-Bike

Transfer of the steering movement in a "Body-Turn-Bike" by two rod end bearings.

Meat portioner

JAM-08 pillow block bearing and KBRM-08 rod end bearing in a meat portioner / packing device

Garden appliance

Truck-mounted customized spraying systems for gardening and tree care companies.

Recumbent trike

Due to their lower weight and better suspension qualities, the company switched to igubal® rod end bearings.

Smoke extraction system

Polymer rod end bearing in a smoke extraction system at a meat factory.

Cutting machine

The spherical bearing used compensates the angle misalignment. That means no more maintenance is necessary.

Sit-on ski

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

Snowboard-like appliance

Snowboard-like appliance

Soccer table

Application of a high-value spindle lift table with steep-threaded spindle, linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings.

PLC laboratory trainer

The aim of the concept is to demonstrate to the students how to handle a programmable logic controller (abbreviation: PLC) in an attractive way.

Eraser robot

The eraser robot of the Hans Böckler-Schule at the Berufskolleg Münster combines technology with cultural history.

Bag forming, filling and sealing machine

Maintenance-free plastic bearing defy all outer influences and provides for the required service life.

Cordless screwdriver race

The unusual design for a recumbent bicycle has got what it takes: cordless screwdrivers are used here to drive it.

Photovoltaic tracking system

Wind, sand and sun: Plastic plain bearing for solar technology

Fitness equipment

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

Straightening technology

Quick, straight, precise: this is how the requirements in sheet metal machining can be summarized. Sophisticated straightening technology makes all this possible.

Delta robot

Model of a delta robot for the linear optimization of process routes.

Driving beer crate

Bearings on steering linkage and connection in a racing beer crate.

Model aircraft

Linkage on the aileron in a model aircraft - without wear.

Formula 1 racing car

Steering/damper connection on a Formula 1 model racing car.

Model helicopter

Reliable and vibration dampening linkage on the swashplate and the rotor guide.

Model speed boat

Stabilization and alignment of the drive shaft.

Model ship

Built-in solid lubricants guarantee consistent functionality.

Horizontal forming, filling and sealing machines

On these horizontal forming, filling and sealing machines, the total freedom from maintenance over the machines' entire life cycle was particularly important for the customer.

Cow cleaner

Lubrication-free polymer bearing technology for cow cleaners


Consulting

I would be happy to answer your questions personally

Shipping and consultation

In person:

Monday to Friday from 7 am - 8 pm.
Saturdays from 8 am- 12 pm.

Online:

24h