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Technical articles and White Papers

Design guidance & tips that make using igus® plastic machinery components easy in any application.

Welcome to TechTalk, a design advice series created and written by igus® product managers, which offers design guidance and tips that make specifying igus®' plastic machinery components simple in any application.



linear bearings and guides

How to Eliminate Binding and Stick-slip in Linear Plastic Bearings

In this TechTalk article, learn how to eliminate binding and stick-slip in linear plastic bearings.

ZLW Belt Actuators by igus®

I often hear about how a customer tried using plain bearings for a linear application, but experienced binding or irregular motion. With a little education, this is easy to avoid.

The 2:1 Rule and How to Define Fixed and Floating Bearings

When using drylin® linear guides, it is important to ensure that all acting forces follow the 2:1 rule.

drylin linear motion

Choosing a Linear Bearing: A Quick Reference Guide

A quick-start reference guide to help you select the best linear bearing for your application.

The True Cost of Linear Bearing Lubrication

Over and over again, the main reasons cited as the causes of bearing failures are lubrication-related issues.

Oil-Free Bearings Withstand 43,200 Cycles 24/7

Case study about packaging equipment, which has implemented linear bearings that must operate 24/7.

How to Lower Driving Force and Friction with Hybrid Bearings

drylin® WJRM - a cost-effective linear bearing that both rolls and slides - for manual applications subject to heavy loads.

3 Tips for Choosing a Linear Slide Table

Whether you want to design your own linear slide table system or buy one as a ready-made assembly, there are a wide variety of linear products available on the market today.

How to Increase Speeds and Accelerations Using Plastic Bearings

A few years ago, we replaced ball bearings on the welding jaw of a vertical-form-fill-seal machine, translating into an impressive 20% increase in throughput.

The Proof is in the Plastic

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The proof is in the pudding.” But when it comes to self-lubricating plastic bearings, the proof is definitely in the plastic.

5 Installation Tips for Grease-Free Sliding Linear Bearings

I often hear about how a customer tried using plain bearings for a linear application, but experienced binding or irregular motion. With a little education, this is easy to avoid.

Butting Rails Together in 5 Easy Steps

Linear rails typically come in lengths between six and 12 feet, but customers often ask: is it possible to make rails longer by butting them together? The answer is yes.

5 Ways to Choose the Best Linear Guide for Your Application from the drylin® W Toolkit

Ten years ago, round-shaped ball bearings or T-shaped linear profile rails were the two geometries found on most machines. Nowadays, the introduction of flexible, long-lasting drylin® W linear guides has changed all that.

Convert Rotary to Linear Motion

Discover differences between common types of lead screw technology, such as wear rate, explore a range of lead screw nut options, and more.

drylin® E7 vs. PTFE-lined linear plain bearings

Linear plain bearings are becoming commonplace in today’s manufacturing industry. As technologies and material sciences have advanced, so have the capabilities of linear plain bearings, particularly those made of plastic, such as the drylin® series of self-lubricating linear bearings from igus®.

energy chain

cable carriers

Caring for Cables

Cable carriers guide and protect cables and hoses on moving machinery.

Plastic Versus Steel Cable Carriers

Nowadays, plastic cable carriers can achieve almost anything steel can!

The Basics Behind ESD Applications Using Cable Carriers

There are two key reasons why specialized cable carriers should be used in ESD applications.

Gliding, Long Travel Cable Carrier Applications

Over the years, cable carriers have increasingly pushed the envelope in terms of higher speeds, longer distances and heavier loads.

The Cable Distribution Rules You Need to Obey

Correctly arranging every cable and hose within a cable carrier according to the recommended spacing requirements is vital if you want to prolong the service life of your system.

Accessorize Your Cable Carrier

Accessories - or lack thereof - are a vital part of the performance of a cable carrier system.

How to Select the Bend Radius of a Cable Carrier

When specifying a cable management system, there are different ways to maximize the service life of your cables. One crucial factor is choosing the right bend radius for the cable carrier.

Reduce Energy Use with Plastic Cable Carriers

Tests prove energy consumption can be reduced by using the right cable carrier material.

5 Online Tools for Faster Cable Management

Winston Churchill once said: "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job". These wise words could not be more accurate when choosing the best cable management system for your automated application.

A How-To Guide For Rotary Applications

Here are three different types of rotary applications and the cable carrier system used for each.


Continuous-flex cables

cable cross section

Continuous-flex Cable Construction

An explanation of the bundling versus layering technique in the construction of continuous-flex cables.

6 Common failure

6 Common Cable Failure Modes

It's very important for cables used in continuous-flex applications to follow certain construction and performance guidelines.

Guidelines for Continuous-flex Cables

7 Guidelines for Continuous-flex Cables

Construction and performance guidelines for cables used in continuous-flex applications.

key factors for vision cables

2 Key Factors When Specifying Vision Cables

New and exciting applications inevitably bring a new set of cabling challenges especially in industrial applications where reliability and mean time between failure are critical.

What to look for in robot cable

What to Look for When Specifying a Robot Cable

As industrial robotic applications become more and more demanding, flexible cables need to handle more complex movements and still deliver a long service life.

less is more

The Less-is-More Approach to Robotic Cable Management

Managing cables and hoses may seem simple, but in reality it is an important part to of any well-functioning robot.

ways to avoid corkscrewed cables

3 Ways to Avoid Corkscrewed Cables

What characteristics a cable must have in order to prevent corkscrewing.

Cost-effective continuous-flex cables

Where to Use Cost-effective Continuous-flex Cables

In applications where a low to medium-duty continuous-flex cable can be used, there are some cost-effective options.

guidelines for installation

7 Guidelines for Cable Installation

igus® does not recommend that cables be “relaxed” or “shaken out” prior to being installed into a cable carrier


NFPA 79 Standard Update: When to Use AWM Cables

Revised NFPA 79 standard permits the use of certain AWM cables, many of which can be used for high-flex applications.

cable management mistakes

7 Cable Management Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Seven common cable management mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

Robotic cable management

Robotic Cable Management Made Easy

The complex movements made by six-axis robots require special consideration when integrating cables and hoses.


plastic bushings

The 5 Major Benefits of Polymer Bearings

Polymer bearings can endure extreme temperatures, heavy loads and high speeds.

Choosing the Right Bearing Shaft Material

The ability to use low-cost shafting heavily depends on the bearings chosen to run on it.

The Science Behind Triboplastic Bearings

igus®' plastics contain solid lubricant as microscopic particles released in tiny amounts during movement.

Delegate to igus®

Leave it to igus® to advise you on the best iglide® material.

Wear Capabilities and Limits of Plain Bearings

Different wear limits are dependent on certain application parameters and factors.

How to Install and Quality Test a Plain Bearing

While it may seem simple in the scheme of a large project, the manner in which a bearing is installed and quality tested is essential to the success of any mechanical system.

3 Misconceptions about Thin-Walled Bushings

When it comes to plain bushings, thick-walled isn’t necessarily better than thin-walled.

4 Reasons To Use Environmentally Friendly Plastic Bushings

Using dry-running plastic bushings can significantly decrease any negative effects on the environment.

5 Reasons To Replace PTFE-lined Bearings

Here are the top five reasons for replacing PTFE-lined bearings with plastic bearings, which offer more design flexibility.

White Paper: The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

In this white paper and accompanying video, Matt Mowry, linear bearings product manager, discusses how bearing lubrication failures affect your budget and the environment.


plastic ball bearings

iglide® PRT

slewing rings

The Latest in Slewing Ring Bearing Technology

For your next project, you might want to consider a new technology: sliding-element slewing ring bearings.

3 Ways to Avoid Failure When Mounting a Slewing Ring

How certain mounting surfaces affect slewing ring bearings.

3 Ways to Drive a Slewing Ring Bearing

In rotating and turntable applications using a slewing ring bearing, the component used to drive the system is important.


spherical bearings

6 Reasons To Use Plastic Spherical Bearings

In most applications, plastic spherical bearings deliver a better performance than their metal counterparts.

Plastic Versus Steel Rod End Bearings

It is important to remember that not every rod end is the same; each has its own unique set of advantages, disadvantages and limitations.

6 Little-known Facts about Plastic Bearing Linkages

Plastic bearing linkages have some unique features and benefits that other solutions do not offer.


humanoid robot modules

Humanoid Robots

Whether it’s human nature, paranoia, or something else entirely, our fascination with humanoid robots can be traced back to 1st century AD and earlier.

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