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Abrasion-optimised high-speed glide bar

Kathrin Kretz, International Product Manager e-chain systems®, presents the new high-speed glide bar in a video.

5 times more durable than conventional glide bars

In the case of very fast gliding applications, the glide bars in the super aluminium troughs have been a potential weak point. They wear faster than the more abrasion-resistant chains. For these applications, an abrasion-optimised, injection moulded glide bar has now been developed. This is much more durable for the same price and will be used in future in all matching trough sizes.

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Tech up

Tech up

  • Five times the abrasion resistance thanks to tribologically optimised material. High-speed compared to conventional glide bars
  • For very fast gliding applications
  • Short individual parts 500mm, easier handling
  • New sizes available for many Aluminium SuperTroughs

Cost down

Cost down

  • More durable at the same price
  • Significantly lower maintenance
  • Assembly significantly easier due to 0.5m instead of 2m length
  • Reduce construction effort with freely accessible configurator for  CAD troughs
  • Predictive maintenance – optional additional isense module





  • 50% weight reduction by switching from extrusion to  injection moulding
  • Have your energy chain recycled as part of the igus "chainge recycling programme" at the end of its life cycle. Irrespective of the manufacturer. You can receive a chainge recycling programme voucher
  • igus supports the circular economy of plastics and is investing in chemical recycling. Learn more about this topic at: Chemical recycling

Technical details


The GB.31.500 glide bar has a load-bearing surface of 31mm. It fits on 973.31SL, 974.31.SL, and 975.31.SL troughs and can thus be used with outer chain heights of 64mm, 84mm, and 108mm. It is simply clipped into the aluminium SuperTrough.

High-speed glide bar

Part No.Aluminium SuperTrough

**Available from stock

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High-speed glide bar tests Glide bar service life comparison – high-speed glide bar vs. standard glide bar

Tested high-speed glide bar wear resistance

Comparison tests of real customer applications have shown that, for highly dynamic applications, the new GB.31.500 glide bars exhibit wear that is lower by more than a factor of five.
This reduces glide bar maintenance costs to a minimum. Only when the energy chain has reached its wear limit does the glide bar require inspection. The new glide bar has no direct influence on the service life of the e-chain® itself.

Assembly instructions of high-speed glide bar

Due to the short individual parts, the installation of the abrasion-optimised glide bar can be implemented quickly and easily.

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