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Fire-resistant, maintenance-free, cost-effective:
Solutions for the transport and railway industry

motion plastics® are polymer bearing technology, energy chains and fail-safe cables from igus® which, thanks to their outstanding qualities, help you to master the challenges you face. In the igus® test laboratory, the largest in the industry, these qualities have been tested and verified, and have also proven themselves in practice.

  • Numerous igus® products meet Hazard Level 3 according to DIN EN 45545.
  • Special plain bearing materials also fulfil requirement sets R22 and R23, while certain cables fulfil R15 and R16.
  • Service life can be calculated with free online tools
  • motion plastics® achieve weight savings
  • Vibration-dampening bearing technology
  • Maintenance-free bearing technology without any additional lubrication
  • High temperature resistance from -50 °C to +170 °C
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All aspects of rail technology

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Cost-effective igus® polymer products for rail technology

iglidur® RW370 plain bearings  
iglidur® RW370 plain bearings

Complies with the European fire protection standard DIN EN 45545

Flame retardant

High wear resistance

Low coefficient of friction

No additional lubrication


chainflex® SPECIAL.414 cable  
CFSPECIAL.484 bus cable
CFSPECIAL.414 control cable

  • Flame-retardant (according to DIN EN 60332-1-2, DIN EN 45545-2)
  • Fire safety class: 3 (in accordance to EN 45545-2) or 4 (in accordance to DIN 5510-2)
  • 36 month chainflex® guarantee
  • Small bend radius
»  Bus cable in the shop

E2 micro energy supply system  
E2 micro energy supply system

  • High torsional resistance
  • Smallest inner heights and bend radii
  • Mounting brackets with strain relief optional
  • Small pitch for silent operation
  • Cable-friendly interior
  • Lightweight
  • igumid G V0 GF material, in accordance with DIN EN 45545

iglidur® RW370 plate bar stock  
iglidur® RW370 plate bar stock

  • Complies with the European fire protection standard DIN EN 45545
  • Flame retardant
  • Wear resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction

iglidur® RW370 round bar  
iglidur® RW370 round bar

  • Complies with the fire protection standard DIN EN 45545  HL3, R22/R23
  • Flame retardant
  • High wear resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction

dryspin® high helix lead screw  
dryspin® lead screw technology

  • Lubrication and maintenance-free
  • Higher efficiency (up to 82%)
  • Extended service life due to asymmetry
  • Media-resistant
  • The radius tooth design ensures low-noise, low-vibration running

Checked in the igus® test laboratory for real use

A glimpse into the chainflex® and e-chain® test laboratoryTake a look at our chainflex® and e-chains® test laboratory, where tests are run with 10 billion cycles every year.


Glimpse into the dry-tech® test laboratoryIn the industry's largest test laboratory, iglidur® plain bearings and drylin® linear technology are put to the acid test.


This is why Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg chooses igus® products

Components that meet the highest demands are called for

Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg (VAG) is already profiting from the use of motion plastics® and igus® cables in the entrance systems of its trams. VAG system technician Robert Meier: "The developments and requirements are increasingly moving in the direction of the intelligent door. For this purpose, there are cables for the optical door closing signal, for the sensors that detect trapping and for the door switches. "Each door of VAG railways has tocope with around 70,000 opening and closing cycles per year.

VAG system technician Robert Meier and igus® expert Werner Pecher test a door system with chainflex® cables and e-chain®.

VAG system technician Robert Meier and igus® expert Werner Pecher test a door system.

Flame-retardant and less maintenance work

Large, easy-to-install bolts in the
E2 micro e-chain® used make it very stable while smooth contours reduce wear and tear on the cables. This is particularly important in the VAG's case, where very thin energy chains led to cable and chain damage in the past. In addition, CFSPECIAL.414 cables that were specially developed for railway vehicles are used. They increase the maintenance intervals to up to 16 years, as can be verified in tests, and have a halogen-free, flame-retardant jacket material.

chainflex® CFSPECIAL.414 cable together with an e-chain®

e-chain® with chainflex® cable in the VAG door system


igus® products being used successfully in the railway technology industry


Exterior application - pantograph, collector  


Interior applications - seat  


Infrastructure applications - signal  

Maintenance and repair

Maintenance and repair applications - lifting platform  

Special rail vehicles

Special rail vehicle applications  

Where are igus® products used in the rail industry?

Reliable, maintenance-free operation are critical when used under high cycle rates and changing weather conditions. motion plastics® from igus® are absolutely maintenance-free as they do not require any lubricants. They are fail-safe, free of toxic substances and have been tested in accordance with corresponding standards for rail systems. igus® offers the widest range of cables for motion, all tested in the largest laboratory in the industry and with a guarantee of 36 months.

igus® solutions for the driver's cab and the passenger area


igus® solutions for exterior, rail network and maintenance applications.


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Do you have any questions or need information on the use of igus® high-performance polymers in railway systems? Our experts are always happy to help you.
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