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RI 02914

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From the simple plastic bearing to high-tech machine element - 50 years of igus® / 30 years of iglide®.

50 years of igus® / 30 years of iglide®

Three decades ago, igus® presented its first iglide® plain plastic bearing: a self-lubricating, maintenance-free solution for dry-running applications. Thanks to decades of research and development of plastic materials and their friction and wear properties, igus® now has the world’s largest range of tribologically optimized plain, spherical, and self-aligning plastic bearings, along with a reliable online service life calculator.

Company founders Günter and Margret Blase in front of their “double garage” from 1964
First iglide® glide element: A plug valve for Pierburg company

dry-tech® bearings ... don’t lubricate

With constant development of new innovations, tribo-optimized igus® plastic enable customers to lower costs and improve machine technology. Driven by the success of recent years, we were able to present 114 new products at this year’s Hannover trade fair. Highlights from our new product lineup include the multi-functional iglide® tribo tape, the world’s first tribo-filament for 3D printers, and a new PRT slewing ring made entirely of plastic. All our new products enhance the versatility and performance of plastics in motion, or Motion Plastics®.

iglide® plastic bearing First iglide® plastic plain bearing from 1983
drylin® W – An igus® success story

Motion Plastics® – plastics in motion

Our continuous research and development of plastics for moving applications is beneficial to our customers. Today, there are 45 different iglide® materials available for a variety of requirements, including for use in high or low temperatures, in chemicals, and in heavy-duty applications.

The task of tribo-optimized Motion Plastics® is to actuate, feed, and move installations, equipment, and products. Motion Plastics® have become indispensable in the automotive and chemical industries, in mechanical and plant engineering, and even in robotics.

The Motion Plastics® Promises:

Cost down, life up

Calculate lifetime online

Shipped in 24 hours

iglide® Expert System iglide® Expert 2.0: Find and calculate service life online
New iglide® tribo tape: wear-resistant and cost effective New iglide® tribo tape: wear-resistant and cost effective
150 combined years at igus, and still moving.
Left to Right: Tobias Vogel: Head of Sales & Marketing Bearings, Michael Blaß, Vice President, Head of Sales & Marketing e-chain systems®, Frank Blase: CEO, Gerhard Baus: Vice President, Head of Business Unit Polymer Bearings, Artur Peplinski: Vice President, Head of International Group Development & Marketing, Harald Nehring: Vice President, Head of Business Unit e-chain systems®, Christoph Müller: Vice President, Head of Finance and Controlling
igus® factory in Cologne Germany Current bird’s eye view of the flexible igus® factory in Cologne

50 years of igus®

50 Years of igus® / 30 Years of iglide® / 43 years of energy chains.

50 years of igus® / 43 years of e-chains®

the-chain ... moving energy made easy - 50 years of igus® / 43 years of e-chains®.