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Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power

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Learn more at www.igus.com/iglide During the past three decades, there has been an evolution in the advancement and use of highly engineered plastics in bearing applications. Plastic bearings are no longer designed like their dime-a-dozen, injection-molded nylon ancestors. Today, plastic bearings cost and weigh less than their metal counterparts, but what many design engineers still do not realize, is that they often last longer in unforgiving environments. High-performance plastic bearings are working to shed their negative image and continue to forge a path into almost every industry; from packaging machines and medical devices, to automotive, farming equipment, textile machinery, and many more. Plastic plain bearings are an economical replacement for needle, ball, and plain metal bearings. However, they are often not considered a viable choice in the engineering community due to the common misconception that plastic is inferior or weaker compared metal. The truth is, composite plastic bearings can outperform their metal counterparts in countless rotary, oscillating, and linear motion applications. In addition, plastic bearings are readily available in many different styles, sizes, materials, and colors to meet the demands of almost any application. Plastic bearings have staying power by Nicole Lang Product Manager iglide ® plastic bearings igus ® Inc.

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