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A manufacturer of scientific instruments and laboratory equipment is saving more than £20,000 per year since installing igus’s drylin R linear bearings in analysers used in particle science research. The plastic bearings are lubricant free and, as a result, require no maintenance, thus enabling laboratories to operate efficiently and reduce costs. 

drylin R

Previously, the equipment manufacturer was using recirculating ball bearings. However, these required frequent maintenance and re-lubrication. igus’s drylin R linear bearings and guide systems are dry running and do not require external oils or grease. This is an important feature for medical laboratories as it keeps the environment free of any contaminants.

Physisorption and chemisorption analysers are designed to deliver consistent and reliable determinations related to surface area, pore structure and active metals for quality control and R&D applications. drylin R bearings are specifically used in each analyser’s elevator unit to facilitate the up-and-down motion of either the cooling bath or the furnace during the sample analysis process.

Key benefits of product application

  • The drylin R bearings are corrosion resistant, which makes them ideal for the sterile environments where analysers are used.
  • According to Matthew Aldridge, director at igus, the reliable plastic bearings provide long life, enabling laboratories to operate efficiently.

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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