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Change now and reduce your costs by up to 40% with drylin® linear bearings

Only sliding elements made of optimized drylin® high-performance plastics are used for our moving applications. Therefore, self-lubricating drylin® linear solutions can replace metallic recirculating ball bearing systems in almost all areas of use and cut up to 40% of the costs!  Learn more about our wide range of linear bearings and slides here.


  • Up to 40% more cost-effective than recirculating ball bearing guides
  • 100% self-lubricating and maintenance-free
  • Corrosion resistant and hygienic
  • Wear-resistant
  • Resistant to dirt, dust and humidity
  • Extremely quiet operation
  • No minimum order value, no minimum order quantity
  • Shipped within 24-48 hours
  • Service life can be calculated online

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The advantages in detail

Lighter than recirculating ball bearing guides

High performance polymers make drylin® linear technology even more durable

Due to the use of sliding elements made with high performance polymers, drylin® linear technology is extremely wear-resistant and durable, even when subjected to high mechanical loads.

Robust application

Customer application:
acquiring an edge with drylin®

Both precision and durable linear guidance are achieved with drylin® linear drives. The NOVASPORT grinding machine (see above on the right) creates an edge without any loss of required precision.


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drylin® linear bearing systems are durable under various environmental conditions—they withstand dirt, humidity and liquids, high and low temperatures, severe vibrations, and hard shocks and knocks.

Dirt resistant

drylin® linear technology – long service life regardless of significant exposure to dirt

Unlike recirculating ball bearing guides, drylin® linear technology uses sliding elements made of high-performance polymers that prevent dirt and dust from adhering.

Robust application

Customer application:
Free from dirt and dust

The mobile saw mill of Serra Maschinenbau GmBH was developed to be low-maintenance and easy to operate, regardless of harsh environmental conditions. Dirt-resistant drylin® linear technology helps the saw mill reach these requirements.

Dirt resistant

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drylin® can be used in places where sand, chips and dust are present—the contact surface between the plastic sliding element and the guide simply forces foreign bodies out of the way, similar to the way a snow plough functions.


No corrosion, no grease – drylin® linear technology

The materials used in drylin® linear guides are highly resistant to various media and have been tested for use under water.


Customer application: labeling without rust

Particularly in the food and beverage industry, certain hygiene requirements have to be met. To reach the requirements, machines and components must be corrosion-resistant, as in the case of this labelling machine.


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The combination of highly alloyed stainless steel (e.g. 1.4571) with a high-performance polymer (e.g. iglidur® X) is resistant, even when it comes in contact with seawater.

Lighter than recirculating ball bearing guides

Save up to 75% in weight with drylin® linear technology

Conventional recirculating ball bearing guides mainly consist of metal, while drylin® linear technology is made of lightweight, high-performance polymers.

Lightweight application

Customer application:
Drone - Light and easy guidance

A drylin® guide made of carbon fibre was used for a drone – The guide has the necessary stability while being robust and extremely light.

Lighter than recirculating ball bearing guides

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drylin® linear bearing systems are designed for low-height installation dimensions and low weight. The use of sliding elements made of plastic guarantees low mass for easy handling.

Quieter than recirculating ball bearing guides

Four times quieter due to polymer sliding elements

Thanks to their sliding elements, drylin® products made of high performance polymers have a noise output of 20 dB on average and are therefore around 4 times quieter than corresponding linear bearings made of metal.

Low noise

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drylin® linear bearing systems slide on plastic instead of rolling on steel balls. As a result, significantly less noise and vibration is generated.

Clean & hygienic

Self-lubricating linear technology for extremely demanding hygiene requirements

Due to self-lubricating sliding elements and a linear bearing liner made of high-performance polymers, drylin® linear technology is exceptionally clean and hygienic.

Clean application

Customer application:
clean pipetting

A clean linear guide that meets the challenging hygiene and precision requirements in the pharmaceutical, biological, chemical and medical industries is essential for pipetting devices used by the University of Ljubljana.

Clean & hygienic

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All drylin® linear bearing systems operate without any external lubrication such as oil or grease and are therefore extremely clean. In cleanrooms, splashed grease and oil mist can be ruled out completely.

Plain bearings vs. rolling bearings comparison

Characteristics of
igus® plan bearings
Characteristics of
rolling bearings
Technical data of
igus® plain bearings
Technical data of rolling bearingsEspecially relevant
for the following industries:
Precision++++0.02 - 0.15 mm0.001 - 0.01 mmMachine tools, CNC processing, electronics manufacturing
Completely lubrication-free++++  Medicine, packaging, food, cleanroom, consumer goods
Maintenance-free++++  For many different branches of industry
Weight advantage++++Aluminium approx. 2.7 g/cm³
Polymer approx.1.5 g/cm³
Steel approx. 7.8 g/cm³Handling, automation, laboratory, leisure time
Highly dynamic responsiveness in the case of low loads++++  Packaging, handling, automation
Highly dynamic responsiveness in the case of high loads++++  Packaging, handling, automation
Stroke length variance+++++  Camera technology, textile
Coefficient of friction++++0,15 - 0,3 µ0,001 - 0,05 µManual adjustment, pivoting
Sensitivity to dirt++++  Packaging, stone, textile, paper, painting equipment
Noise dampening ¹+++++45-60 dB60-70 dBMedicine, laboratory, furniture
Cost advantage+++++  For many different branches of industry
Protection against corrosion+++  Filling systems, chemicals, food
Magnetism++++Plastic, aluminiumSteelMedicine, testing instruments
Chemical resistance++++1.4751 + iglide® T5001.4112Medicine, food, electroplating, filling systems
Compatibility of the modules++++  Jig construction, assembly line automation
Quiet operation without any vibration+++++  Camera technology, inspection, medicine, 3D printer
Short-stroke suitability++++  Textile, handling
Easy assembly and quick replacement++++  Jig construction, assembly line automation
Rigidity++++  Machine tools, CNC processing, electronics manufacturing
Long travels of more than 10 m+++  Camera, material handling, logistics
Temperature resistance++++up to +250 °C Chemicals
Smooth running++++  Manual adjustment
Maximum acceleration ²+++++50 m/s²15 m/s²Automation, handling
Maximum speed ²++++30 m/s5 - 10 m/sAutomation, handling

1) Measured in the igus® laboratory, 400 mm stroke, manual adjustment
2) When subjected to low loads, depending on installation size 0.1 to 5 kg
Characteristics: +++ strong ++ average + weak

Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Matt Mowry

drylin® Product Manager


Customer Service:

Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm



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