Reliable bearings even in hot environments

Electrostatically dissipative iglidur AX500 tribo-polymer by igus ensures maintenance-free applications with food contact. This wear-resistant material for high-temperature applications features ESD properties. 

How do exactly ten grammes of gummy bears end up in a small bag? With dosing systems equipped with highly sensitive mechanisms. Such mechanisms fill thousands of bags in no time. Slides and belts then move the sweets to a box. At these high speeds, all the packaging mechanisms, and especially their bearings, are subjected to wear. Plain bearings made of the new igus’ iglidur AX500 high-performance polymer help make bearing points maintenance-free and durable. The new material is electrostatically dissipative, ensuring that the bags do not stick to each other and employees do not receive electric shocks. In very dusty environments such as flour processing, sparks can also lead to dust explosions. These sparks can take the form of small arcs that occur when moving machine parts do not have an electrically dissipative design.

Wear-resistant and maintenance-free bearings

iglidur AX500 is also specifically suited to the high-temperature range, allowing it to be used in applications such as ovens and bottle cleaning. Its good chemical resistance means that aggressive cleaning agents will not harm the bearing. Nor is there any problem if iglidur AX500 contacts food, since the tribologically optimised polymer, with its embedded solid lubricants, requires no additional lubrication. The material also complies with Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011. iglidur AX500 plain bearings are not only maintenance-free, unlike stainless steel bearings, but also cost and weigh less than the latter. iglidur AX500 achieves much better wear results than the long-running food material iglidur A500. The wear of the iglidur A500 and iglidur AX500 was tested in a rotation test on stainless steel shafts in the in-house laboratory at igus in Cologne. The new material achieved a coefficient of wear that was up to three times as good as those of the old one. igus currently offers the new material in standard dimensions (6-20 mm diameters), with or without a flange. For special dimensions that are needed quickly, the FastLine service is also available to users. Expanding in-house toolmaking allows igus to manufacture and deliver iglidur polymer plain bearings in special dimensions at low part prices within a few days.