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Switch from metal to plastic bearings from igus
The automotive industry can enjoy up to factor 4 cost savings, throughimprovement in efficiency and performance, by switching to iglidurplastic bearings from igus. Made from highly technical plastics, iglidurbearings are cost-effective, light, clean running, heat resistant, robustand do not require any lubrication.Exacting consumer demands within a highlycompetitive market combine to place a hugechallenge for car manufacturers; finding ways toprovide durable, high performance vehicles that arecompetitively priced is critical. The benefits thattriboplastic bearings can offer in preference to metalbearings are convincing many car manufacturersand their suppliers to make the switch.A typical vehicle has dozens of moving parts within its system, all of which have different requirements. In a wiper arm, for example, abearing that won’t corrode, will repel dirt, runs noise-free and canwithstand alternate bending is required. On the other hand for asteering system a bearing with low coefficients of friction, tolerancecompensation and high stiffness is required, which in addition canoperate without a polished shaft.Fortunately, all of these needs and more are catered for within theiglidur range of materials because each one comes with its own specialproperties. In addition, each material has been rigorously tested withinthe igus testing lab over millions of cycles, the results of which areused in the lifetime calculation.
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