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igus® inc.

PO BOX 14349

East Providence

RI 02914

+1 800 521 2747
+1 401 438 7270

xiros® plastic ball bearings continually tested in our lab

We constantly carry out tests in order to continuously develop our products and to assess customer applications better. The aim is to offer the perfect products for every application. Our customers also benefit even more because we bundle our experience and test results in our online tools. These help to select the right product for the most individual applications of our customers.

The electroplating process places very high demands on the materials used in electroplating plants. In electroplating, electricity is sent through an electrolytic bath. The metal that is to be applied is located on the positive pole (e.g. copper or nickel), the object to be coated at the negative pole. Since this is an electrochemical process that usually also uses strong chemicals in the electroplating bath, metallic ball bearings are not suitable. When ball bearings are installed, they are usually plastic ball bearings. Ball bearings made of technical ceramic can also be used but are considerably more expensive. In the following: plastic versus metal in an electroplating bath.

Our Testing:

  • Eight test rigs
  • About 200 ball bearings running in parallel
  • Around 400 different experiments per year
  • Tests with a maximum speed of up to 6,000 rotations per minute
  • Tests with a maximum load of 300 Newton possible

xiros® service life calculator

Thanks to the live data from the xiros test lab, we are able to test the service life of our ball bearings under very different conditions so as to provide you with exact data. Simply enter application parameters to obtain the expected service life.

Use the service life calculator
Ball bearings configurator

Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Preston Souza

Product Manager - Startups Business Units


Customer Service:

Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm



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