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A manufacturer of Telemark ski bindings has incorporated Iglidur plastic plain bearings from Igus into its product.

According to Igus, this has created a more reliable product and has virtually eliminated maintenance requirements.

Defective ski bindings compromise the safety of a Telemark or ‘free-heel’ skier, so it is important that every component works efficiently at all times.

The Iglidur W300 bearings are used in the ‘knuckle’, which enables the heel of the skier’s boot to rise and fall with each turn.

Iglidur J bearings are used in the rear cases, of which there are two per binding set.

To meet the brief, the ski bindings had to be low profile and able to fit into a limited space.

They also needed to be lightweight.

Iglidur low-profile, lightweight plain bearings were said to be suitable for both of these design requirements.

The bearings also had to be able to last for the lifetime of the product or be simple and quick to replace.

Igus claims that Iglidur bearings have a long, predictable service life and are easy to install.

They also possess a high tensile strength and can handle the high-level impacts involved in skiing.

They absorb minimal moisture and can withstand the low temperatures experienced on the slopes.

Iglidur W300 offers an especially long life, high wear and dirt resistance and a low coefficient of friction.

Oglidur J offers low wear against different shaft materials, a low coefficient of friction, low moisture absorption and vibration dampening properties.

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.

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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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