Plastic instead of metal: longer service life & 40% cost saving


iglide® plastic plain bearings are self-lubricating, maintenance-free, low-cost and versatile. They are suitable for mass-produced automotive products or for the construction of special machines, for underwater applications, for the food and tobacco industry, for extreme resistance to chemicals and temperature fluctuations or for simple metal-sheet bearings: iglide® bearings always offer a solution - either from the product range in the catalog or as a special customized bearing solution - minimum quantity 1! For more than 30 years, iglide® bearings, which conform with RoHS, have been a technically and economically advantageous alternative to metal bearings of all kinds.

100% Self-lubricating and maintenance-free

Corrosion-free and hygienic

Good for edge loads

Wear-resistant in dusty and dirty environments

Savings potential up to 40%

No minimum order value, minimum quantity 1

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Selected examples from practice where iglide® products have been proving their worth for years:

Boat cranes  

Reduced maintenance costs

Riku Ylipelkonen, Quality Boats

In contrast to metal and bronze bearings, the igus® bearings do not corrode due to their high-performance polymer structure and are for this reason the ideal choice for underwater application.

Gitec Webmaschinen  

Lubrication-free and low cost

Roland Michel, Gitec GmbH

The iglide® J3 bearings are subjected to large amounts of stress as the shafts oscillate and the machines run continuously in 24/7 mode. Moreover, they have to cope without any external lubrication ...

Harvesting machine  

No shutdowns allowed

Jürgen Riedel, FELLA-Werke GmbH

Supporting the prongs is one of the tasks of the complex control system and is the machine's most important function. If any damage occurs here, the rotary rake stops working. And that must not happen during harvest time under any circumstances.

Mounted sweepers  

No downtimes

Gerhard Gräbel, FAUN Viatec GmbH

If metallic bearings, for instance, are not lubricated regularly, they wear out very quickly. This limits not only daily working time, but comes with a cost. And lubricants also pollute the environment.

Tank truck  

Low-cost with a long service life

Sebastian Zunhammer, Zunhammer GmbH

In the pendular trapezoidal axle, there are four tribologically enhanced "iglide® Q" polymer bearings, which have a diameter of 80 mm and are made by igus® GmbH, Cologne.

Root ball transplanter  

Low maintenance costs and longer servicing intervals

Roland Schlesag, Optimal-Vertrieb Opitz GmbH

Our machines are extremely robust. Maintenance-free polymer bearings have been assuring this for many years.

Bottling plant  

No more complaints - thanks to igus®

Jürgen Steinmer, Krones AG

The results were not satisfactory. Either the rollers wore even more quickly, or the rotating axis did. It was only when we decided to work with igus® that we gradually arrived at a solution to the problem.

Frying oil  

Food-grade and temperature-resistant

Sascha Baisch, SYS Systemfiltration GmbH

A bearing was sought for the following application: Hot frying oil up to 428° F, food safe. Solution to the problem: iglide® A500 bearings.

Roller chains  

Wear and pressure-resistant

Dr. Gödecke, Wippermann Engineering

The maintenance-free polymer bearings are used in rust-proof roller chains, which are employed to drive main and auxiliary equipment.


Dirt-resistant and corrosion-resistant

Dennis Paulson, Straightline Precision Industries Inc.

Riders of mountain bikes often expect their wheels to cope with a lot of dirt. In this application, metallic ball bearings and DU bushings have been replaced by lighter iglide® flange bearings.


Silent and maintenance-free

Richard Baumgartner, Baumgartner Orgelbau

In the organ, we now install a suitable polymer bearing for every rotating and pivoting motion as well as for every point of friction. Used among others are iglide® J bearings.

Artificial leg  

For high (edge) loads

Clive Smart, Blatchford Products

In artificial limbs, one of the most important features is the cushioning of shocks for the comfort of the wearer. iglide® Z was the only bearing material that was able to cope with the enormous edge loads and shear forces.

Tooling device  

Low-cost and self-lubricating

Nigel Edmondson, Baldwin Technical Services

igus® iglide® G300 bearings have proven to be the ideal choice for use in the food industry as they are low-cost, self-lubricating and maintenance-free and can be delivered very quickly.


Very quiet and maintenance-free

Mark Leggit, Plinth 2000

Use of igus® bearings in height-adjustable, tilting daybeds in hospitals or doctors' practices. For the developers, it was important to design the lifting mechanism so that it would operate as quietly as possible and would require little or no maintenance.

Here, you can find many other examples of customers who use iglide® polymer bearings

Increase service life, reduce maintenance costs, save costs and find customer applications about many more subjects from all product areas here.

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