igus® offers a huge modular kit from the energy supply/cable routing and cable protection sectors, highly flexible cables as well as lubrication-free and maintenance-free plain bearing solutions for all types of movement. Whether antimagnetic for use in MRT systems or extremely compact and exceptionally durable in prostheses.
igus® products in the area of medical technology
For use in the vicinity of MRIs, infusion pumps, wheelchairs or patient beds, for example, are equipped with motion plastics® from igus®, i.e. plastics for dynamic applications. They are also used in X-ray or computer tomography applications. If necessary, motion plastics® can be configured and individually adapted to your particular application with free online tools.
The iglidur® materials, which are not prone to sticking or slipping and can be manufactured in special shapes, e.g. as pivot elements or lead screw modules in slit lamps, movable device carriers and holders, comfort seating systems, mobile and stationary eye-testing equipment and magnifying devices ensure this due to the absence of any need for additional lubricants.
Noiseless and jerk-free movement of beds, easy operator control of side rails without snagging, and the discharge of electrostatic charges entail the same high requirements regarding bearing points as does high-volume production, e.g. by means of powder-coating or immersion-painting of pre-harnessed welding modules. This also applies to manual cleaning or disinfection by wiping associated with dosing and handling errors or automated cleaning in bed-linen washing facilities.
From a therapeutic system for walking training to bathtub lifts or stairlifts for the elderly: high loads of the bearing points during jerk-free movements are required just as the longest service life possible at low acquisition and maintenance costs. Furthermore, different electric cables or additional media have to be reliably guided.
Robustness when wheelchairs move over rough surfaces or when they have to be raised with heavy patients sitting in them - the mobility of wheelchair users must be guaranteed. Dirt adhesion and the resulting wear are avoided, while movement without sticking or slipping ensures that patients feel very comfortable.
Clean and maintenance-free use are only two properties that speak in favour of using iglidur® bearings in prostheses and orthoses. Furthermore, the bearings are extremely wear-resistant. Users describe the movement with the bearings as particularly fluent and stable at the same time.
▲ Tech up: freedom from lubrication and maintenance for hygiene sensitive areas
▼Cost down: up to 25% less wear and up to 30% longer service life due to thread asymmetry