30 years of iglide® - 30 years of research

From the first tentative attempts to get started in 1983 with few parts, it has evolved over time through intensive research and learning into a mature product range with numerous options for dry operation and cost reduction.

igus® presented the first iglide® bearings at the "K" Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany 30 years ago.

Innovations with high-performance plastics

igus® is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its iglide® plastic bearings. Three decades ago, igus® presented its first iglide® plastic bearing – a lubrication and maintenance-free plastic bearing for dry-running applications.

Today, igus® has the world’s largest range of tribo-optimized plastic bearings with more than 12,000 different bearing types, all available from stock. iglide® high-performance plastics are designed the same way, integrated with dry-tech technology. iglide® plastic bearings contain solid lubricants that make external lubrication unnecessary; making them completely maintenance-free and ideal for dirty, underwater, and cleanroom environments.

The igus® vision of “motion plastics,” or lubrication-free plastic components that move machines safely over a long period of time, helped build a strong engagement in research and development. igus® continuously develops new materials and products with the aim of increasing safety and durability, while simultaneously lowering costs.

Millions of bearings in use

iglide® H1

iglide® H1: for extreme environments

 
iglide® D: low friction, low cost

iglide® D: Low friction, low cost

 
iglide® Q2: for extreme loads

iglide® Q2: for extreme loads

 
iglide® R: general replacement for bronze bushings

iglide® R: general replacement for bronze bushings

 
iglide A350: FDA compliant, high temperature resistance

iglide A350: FDA compliant, high temperature resistance

 
iglide G300: the general purpose bearing

iglide G300: the general purpose bearing

 
iglide J: the fast-and-slow motion specialist

iglide J: the fast-and-slow motion specialist

 
iglide® test laboratory

iglide® test laboratory

 
Intensive research of all iglide® high-performance materials

Intensive research of all iglide® high-performance materials

 

Plastic bearings - applications overview

Applications from all over the world and various different industries.

Plastic bearings - applications overview    

About iglide® plastic bushings

iglide® plastic bushings are made from with reinforced fibers and solid lubricants. They have been tested and proven millions of times in many different environments and applications.

About iglide® plastic bushings    

Plastics for longer life®

Plastics for longer life® - Increase the service life of machines with innovative plastic products

Plastics for longer life®    

Industries

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Industries    

iglide® on tour 2013-2014

As part of the 30th iglide® anniversary, igus® is sending a small car on a long trip...

With the launch of "iglide® on tour", igus® celebrates the 30th anniversary of plastic bearing technology at this year's K show: a small car with a plastic body has been retrofitted and equipped with iglide® components, sent off on a trip around the world. igus® demonstrates not only the diverse application of its plastic plain bearings around the world, but also the performance capability of iglide®.

iglide® on tour blog  

From 1983 until today

30 years of iglide® bearings  

"I'm always surprised when we implement something with lubricant-free plastics today, which we could hardly have dreamt of a few years ago. “

Frank Blase, Managing Director of igus® GmbH

"Our customers are our foremost inspiration. With new areas of application, they always provide us with new challenges. There is the 'manus®' developer's prize for your most courageous solutions with plastic plain bearings. “

Gerhard Baus, Head of Plastic Plain Bearings division, igus® GmbH

"The smallest change in the mixture can fundamentally revolutionise a polymer material. Therefore we run more than 3,000 tests annually with about 150 experimental materials. Only the best make it into the catalog.“

Dr. Ralf Selzer, Head of Development of Plain Bearings, igus® GmbH

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