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igus has retrofitted a car’s conventional bearings with iglidur plain bearings and circumnavigated the globe to demonstrate the durable and robust nature of iglidur materials in harsh environments, from dirt tracks to wet and humid locations. 

In total, 56 bearing points were replaced with iglidur components, in applications such as the windscreen wipers, brake pedal, seat adjusters and throttle valves — of which none have failed or been replaced.

According to the company, the self-lubricating iglidur bearings provide a more efficient solution for car designers looking for dirt- and chemical-resistant bearings that operate more quietly than their metallic counterparts.

During its travels, the iglidur car has been driven through India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Canada and the US. The iglidur car will now be traveling the length of the UK.

For every kilometre travelled, igus is donating €1 to charities in communities where the iglidur car passes through.

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Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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