Statistics show that the average U.S. driver travels approximately 220 miles each week—almost 12,000 miles per year. In order to experience mobility within a comfortable and cost-efficient manner, the components of a vehicle are expected to run quietly, without vibration, consume as little fuel as possible and require as little maintenance as possible. iglide® automotive bearings are not only 80% lighter than their metal counterparts, but they are designed to be vibration damping and suitable for electrophoretic painting processes (e-coating). They are also dry-running (no external lubricant required) and have proven to be unaffected by aqueous or acidic corrosion.
igus® offers a wide variety of iglide® standard automotive bearings from stock, but also offers various custom solutions. Prototypes are typically produced from plastic bar stock via 3D-printed mold made of either plastics or aluminum, or standard hardened steel tools. 3D laser-sintered (SLS) parts are also available. Depending on the material, these parts show up to 50 times less wear and facilitate as many movements as their injection-molded counterparts. For more information, please see the following igus® custom services: custom parts service, custom injection molding, 3D printed parts service, machined parts.
Electrophoretic painting processes (e-coating) require high temperatures for curing (up to 320°F or 160°C) resulting in thermal recalibration by which the bearing material (if necessary, electrically conductive) aligns with its surrounding components, also referred to as tolerance compensation.
Self-lubricating polymer bearings are used in car door hinges and linkage joints, as they are corrosion-resistant and guarantee quiet (non-squeaking) long-term operation.
High-performance polymers provide smooth and quiet operation. Tighter clearances in bearings are achieved with radial and axial preload. They also tolerate cantilever loads well and offer high static load capacity.
Various bearings in chassis applications can be replaced with iglide® or igubal® products. These provide good damping properties as well as resistance to moment-induced loading and wear.
iglide® bearings provide resistance to media, high loads and wear at reduced cost.
Low static friction allows for easy mirror adjustment and quiet operation.
Bearings tolerate high-frequency oscillating movement at high temperatures.
iglide® bearings withstand operation under high temperatures up to 392°F (200°C), running up to 10 million cycles.
iglide® bearings are vibration damping, resistant to contact corrosion and unaffected by media such as transmission oils.
See for yourself that our products are of the highest quality. The automotive bearings sample box contains information on bearing applications in cars and the most important iglide® bearings.