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Polymer bearings manufacturer igus UK is offering knife-edge roller bearings that enable manufacturers in the food and beverage industry to increase process efficiencies.

The iglidur tribo plastic bearings are claimed to be reliable and lubrication free and, as a result, they offer excellent performance in conveyor systems.

igus knife-edge rollers have been developed to the specific demands of the food and beverage industry, such as operating temperature and FDA conformity.

According to Matthew Aldridge, director at igus UK, the plastic knife-edge rollers help to deliver goods carefully, conveying food and drink smoothly and efficiently along the manufacturing process in many applications.

Key features and benefits

  • As the knife-edge rollers are manufactured from high-quality, wear-resistant iglidur plastic materials, they are free from lubrication; as a result, they do not require any maintenance and they ensure a long lifetime and service life of the conveyor belt.
  • The universal and robust iglidur P210 bearing material has low humidity consumption as well as good wear resistance and a long service life. Meanwhile, iglidur A180, an FDA-conforming all-round material, is ideal for applications with low to moderate loads in a food and humid environment.
  • iglidur A350 is suitable for medium- to high-load applications. iglidur A180 provides excellent performance in temperatures up to 90°C, while iglidur A350 operates reliably in high temperatures up to 180°C.
  • The thin knife-edge rollers allow narrow-deflection radii for optimal use of available space and a smooth delivery of goods that are especially difficult to handle.
  • As the knife edges roll, rather than slide, they have a lower required driving power, which enables manufacturers to make energy cost savings.

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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