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Plastic bearing technology in motor vehicles - quiet, light, durable

Plain bearings, linear guides and coupling joints by igus have been designed for dynamic use and tough environments. The high-performance plastics in use withstand extreme temperatures, vibrations, shocks, dirt and corrosion. They are lubrication-free, durable, maintenance-free and quiet; in addition, the low weight of the plastic bearings leads to a higher performance of the entire construction and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
In the course of e-mobility and hence quieter motors, requirements regarding components and modules have increased: they have to be as noiseless as possible and ideally have dampening properties (BSR: buzz, squeak and rattle). Noises always arise where components interact with each other and friction occurs. igus plastics minimise coefficients of friction and hence result in less wear and a quieter operation.  

Five reasons why you should use iglidur plain bearings in motor vehicles

With iglidur plastic bearings, costs can be reduced by up to 40%. Weight is reduced by up to 80% and, as a consequence, CO2 emissions are lowered. What's more, the plain bearings are especially quiet in use, compensate for manufacturing tolerances and enable flexible installation concepts.


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Weight advantage iglidur plastic plain bearings  

New from April 2020

 

Clip bearings for e-coating processes

Absolute dimensional stability even after the e-coating process


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High temperature resistance

Dimensionally stable

▼ Cost down

Fast assembly: simply clip onto sheet metal plate - ready!

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free


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igubal GPZM double joints  
Safely sealed coupling joints

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20 times more abrasion-resistant against metallic ball studs than polyamide

▼ Cost down

One-off initial sample set-up costs

Lifelong tool guarantee


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iglidur E plain bearings  
Particularly long-lasting on aluminium shafts

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Extremely wear-resistant material for continuous operation

Very low coefficient of friction

▼ Cost down

Cost-effective and maintenance-free

Higher running performance than iglidur J


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3D printing service worldwide  
3D printing service worldwide

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Wear-resistant functional components, prototypes and replacement parts delivered within two to five days around the world

▼ Cost down

Lower shipping and product development costs due to local production and faster functional prototypes


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Request a free sample and info box

See for yourself the quality of our products and order the bearing technology sample box with 

  • information on the use of bearing technology in automobiles
  • polymer plain bearings made of different iglidur materials and with different assembly concepts
  • a bar stock sample made of iglidur material 
  • an individually manufactured coupling joint
  • an energy chain with cable


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Current automotive topics on the igus blog

Our product and industry experts regularly write blog articles on interesting topics relating to energy supply, bearing technology and linear technology for motor vehicles. Have a look, and be inspired!


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Five reasons why you should use iglidur plain bearings in motor vehicles

With iglidur polymer bearings, costs can be reduced by up to 40%. Weight is reduced by up to 80% and, as a consequence, CO2 emissions are lowered. What's more, the plain bearings are especially quiet in use, compensate for manufacturing tolerances and enable flexible installation concepts.


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dry-tech® products for motor vehicles

Standard parts from the online shop  
Standard bearings ordered quickly and simply from our online shop

  • Standard parts from stock
  • Short delivery time
  • Cost-effective
  • Large selection of bearing types and high-performance materials


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igus clip bearings  
Clip bearings for fitting shafts through sheet metal

  • Lateral slot for easy installation
  • For rotating and linear movements
  • Good adaptability to punched holes
  • Abrasion-resistant
  • Smooth operation


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Various special bearings customised by igus to your specific requirements  
Rapid prototyping and prototype construction

  • Component customised to provide the required design, quantity and material
  • A range of manufacturing processes to meet individual needs
  • Competent consultation, easy online ordering and fast delivery


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drylin NKV-21  
drylin linear technology

Compact design for confined spaces

Various spring preloads for defined displacement forces

Quiet running and no rattling

No stick-slip effect


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drylin PTGSG  
drylin lead screw technology

High helix, trapezoidal and metric threads

Highest level of efficiency also in dry operation

Corrosion-free and dirt-resistant

Long service life, quiet and vibration-free due to high performance polymers


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igubal coupling joint  
igubal coupling joints

Individual dimensions and versions can be realised quickly

Rotatable end pieces

Vibration-dampening

Easy assembly


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Tested in the igus test laboratory for use in the real world

Tested for continuous load, media resistance and quiet operation

In the industry's largest test laboratory for plastics iglidur plain bearings, drylin linear technology and igubal coupling joints are put through their paces. The focus is on the examination of the tribological properties of different material pairings and the testing of assemblies. The results are entered into our tools to calculate service life and allow for precise predictions regarding their durability.
 
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests so as to check the use of the products under completely unique conditions.

igus® products in use in automobiles – application example

Interior

iglidur® bearings in the car seat  
Low-noise, easily adjustable seat systems

iglidur plain bearings are resistant to high static loads up to 120 MPa without problems. To compensate tolerances, the plain bearings use the high temperatures for drying after the e-coating.
 


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Exterior and chassis

iglidur plain bearings in a headlamp  
Corrosion-free bearings in multiple-joint hinges

iglidur plain bearings are used in, e.g. door and multiple-joint hinges, as they are corrosion-free, compensate tolerances, are suitable for e-coating and run silently.
 


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Engine compartment

iglidur plain bearings in coolant pumps  
Media-resistant plain bearings in coolant pumps

iglidur plain bearings are not only media-resistant, they also have an advantage over ceramic and carbon-graphite bearings in terms of cost.  They operate silently and, due to hydrodynamic lubrication, easily cope with high surface speeds.


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