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Iglidur materials from Igus can be used in knife-edge conveyors, which are commonly found in food production machines, bottling lines and packaging systems as well as in point-of-sale units in supermarkets.

Often the rollers at the end of these knife-edge conveyors are machined from stock bar and fitted with needle rollers; Igus claims that its Iglidur materials provide a low-cost, high-performance alternative.

Depending on the volume, these parts can be machined from Iglidur plastic stock bar or moulded from Igus plastic bearing materials.

Click here to watch a short video demonstrating the use of knife-edge conveyors.

Key benefits

  • Tests at the company’s laboratory have shown that Iglidur J, P210 and A180 are particularly well suited to this application, and Iglidur A180 has the added advantage of being an FDA-approved material.
  • The use of Iglidur materials in knife-edge conveyors is said to ensure long-term maintenance and lubricant-free operation, coupled with low noise, low wear and low cost.

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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