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Wear-resistant & hygienic plastic parts for prosthetics, orthopedics & rehabilitation

Adjustments of wheelchairs, fitness and rehabilitation equipment should be quiet and smooth over an extensive service life. The use of igus® plain bearings and linear systems offers the user a comfortable, high-quality feeling in these adjustments. Due to completely grease-free operation, all bearings points are clean, robust, and maintenance-free. These advantages are ideal for prostheses and orthoses, which need to feel as natural as possible. iglide® plain bearings can withstand sustained high loads, impacts and dirt, while achieving a long service life and low coefficients of friction. All of our bearings and linear rails are corrosion-resistant to allow reliable performance even in wet or damp environments.

Knowing exactly how long you can expect your prosthetic, wheelchair or other rehabilitation equipment to last is essential. Unexpected component failure simply isn’t acceptable for these applications, and can be avoided with the service life calculators available for our bearings and lead screw assemblies. All service life estimates are based on tens of thousands of test cycles from our testing facility in Cologne, Germany, ensuring estimates are highly accurate and reliable.


Rehab & Fitness

gym Durable plastic bearings for continuous daily operation in rehabilitation and sports equipment, maintenance-free, light and quiet.

Prostheses & Orthoses

Hip joint prosthesis with iglide® bearings by Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH Vibration-damping bearings without maintenance, also available in a small installation size for a discreet appearance.


bearings for wheelchairs No problem with dirt, moisture and chemicals: iglide plain bearings ensure consistently smooth running behavior in wheelchairs.

Customer Application Stories

Bearings for Surf Training

surfboard The developers of Surf Evolution, a device for training surfing movements, were looking for better bearing technology. The solution: dry-running iglide bushings, dryspin® lead screws and drylin® W linear guides. They keep maintenance to a minimum and reduce costs by 70%.

Piston in Knee Joint Prosthetic

knee This prosthesis from Otto Bock HealthCare was equipped with iglide J piston rings, which can be clipped onto the piston with slot and flexible material. This makes installation very easy and decreases assembly time. The previously used PTFE guide bands wore out quickly and had to be replaced frequently.

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Lead Screws & Nuts

  • Media-resistant
  • Radius tooth design:  Quiet, low-vibration running
  • Low coefficient of friction & long service life
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Sleeve and Flange Bearings

iglide bearings
  • iglide J: Wear-resistant material
  • Excellent friction coefficients
  • High media resistance
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Linear Rails & Carriages

drylin linear
  • Robust single rails from drylin W series
  • Smooth & quiet operation
  • Resistant to dirt & moisture
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Spherical Bearings

  • With L280 material
  • Rod ends, spherical balls, pillow blocks
  • Two & four bolt flange bearings
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Slewing Rings (PRT)

  • Stainless steel options, grease-free, hygienic
  • Corrosion, wear, dirt & dust- resistant
  • Slim design, ready-to-install & easy assembly
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Barstock and Platestock

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The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsibushi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention in this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH