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Igus has launched a cost-effective manufacturing service — Speedifit — dedicated to the supply of bespoke bearing assemblies, enabling customers to save time and money.

A Speedifit part is made by taking a standard or custom Iglidur plain bearing and fitting it into a bespoke housing machined to a customer’s drawing and specifications. Any Igus bearing can be fitted into a housing that can be manufactured from materials including aluminium, anodised aluminium, mild steel, stainless steel, titanium and common engineering plastics.

The Speedifit service requires just a few steps: the customer sends Igus the assembly and housing drawings and receives a quote typically within 24 hours; once ordered, the Speedifit manufacturing and assembly centre produces the custom part and the complete assembly is delivered ready to install, within the confirmed lead time.

Delivery timescales depend on the material, complexity and quantity, but Speedifit parts are usually delivered within five to 10 working days. 

Key benefits

  • The delivery of the Speedifit part saves customers valuable manufacturing and logistics time, and the one-piece assembly does not need any further process or work.
  • The Iglidur plastic bearings are designed to be reliable, high quality, wear resistant and free from lubrication, meaning that they do not require any maintenance and that they ensure a long service life.
  • As with all Igus components there is no minimum order, and customers can order any number of parts.
  • The cost of the Speedifit part depends on the individual requirements and materials, customers can benefit from cost savings associated with reduced manufacturing and logistics time.

Igus

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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