Replace Metal Bearings

Plastic bearings are able to replace metal in a vast range of applications - These papers and articles explore how and why to make the switch to composite plastic bearings.

  • The six advantages of linear plain bearings

    The six advantages of linear plain bearings

    Linear bearing systems create sliding technology for maximum design potential. The tribologically-optimized plastic liners, self-lubricating bearings customizable rails allow engineers the abi

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  • 5 Reasons to replace PTFE bearings

    5 Reasons to replace PTFE bearings

    Over the past 3 decades, there has been a revolution in the advancement and use of highly engineered plastics in bearing applications. In this tech talk, uncover the top 5 reasons to replace PTFE-line

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  • 4 Considerations for selecting a shaft for use with iglide® bearings

    4 Considerations for selecting a shaft for use with iglide® bearings

    Choose the right shaft for your bearing is equally important as the bearings material when it comes to the lifespan of your bearings.

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  • Designing a true maintenance-free pivot

    Designing a true maintenance-free pivot

    We compared true maintenance-free designs with alternative designs. Discover what goes into creating a truly maintenance-free pivot.

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  • Your guide to modern ball bearings

    Your guide to modern ball bearings

    We break down the components of a modern ball bearing, and explain what type of bearing materials are best for certain environments.

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  • The Argument for Plastic: The development, testing, and advantages of plastic bearings

    The Argument for Plastic: The development, testing, and advantages of plastic bearings

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  • Complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act

    Complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act

    Bearing lubrication can transfer bacteria and other contaminants between food. See what bearings you can use that are compliant

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  • Design Basics: Plastic Bearings

    Design Basics: Plastic Bearings

    A rapidly growing number of industries have replaced traditional metal bearings with advanced plastic materials. However, some engineers without experience with these plastic materials may be reluctan

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Use Composite Plastic Bearings

    Top 10 Reasons to Use Composite Plastic Bearings

    Learn how making the switch from metal to composite plastic bearings can eliminate bearing maintenance, increase service life, reduce corrosion and wear, and more.

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  • Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power

    Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power

    In this white paper, uncover common misconceptions and learn the true reliability of tribologically-optimized plastic bearings.

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  • Webinar - Why Plastic Bearings Are Actually Superior to Metal20:59

    Webinar - Why Plastic Bearings Are Actually Superior to Metal

    In this webinar, you'll discover the reliability of plastic bearings, learn about the course of real-life testing they endure to prove their strength, find out about the range of specialized materials

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  • Why use iglide® plastic bushings? Our customers answer3:49

    Why use iglide® plastic bushings? Our customers answer

    igus iglide® plastic bushings can be found in wide range of applications across many industries including food processing, medical, marine, textile, agriculture, automotive, filling machines, drive te

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  • iglide®: The Material1:21

    iglide®: The Material

    An in-depth look at iglide® plastic bearing materials from igus®.

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  • White Paper - True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

    White Paper - True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

    This white paper explains how much it actually costs to lubricate a ball bearing and the cost saving benefits of switching to a self-lubricating plastic bearing.

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  • How to Use the igus® Bearing Product Selector0:59

    How to Use the igus® Bearing Product Selector

    Try it out for yourself! www.igus.com

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  • igus dry tech test lab2:03

    igus dry tech test lab

    Take a look inside the igus® self-lubricating bearings lab. Over 15,000 tribology tests are run each year in our massive 29,600 square foot lab. Learn more at www.igus.com/testlab.

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  • Lower Drive Force and Friction with Hybrid Linear Bearings

    Lower Drive Force and Friction with Hybrid Linear Bearings

    Learn how hybrid linear bearings can reduce bearing friction, reduce required drive force, and allow system functionality without conforming to the 2:1 rule.

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  • Clever Plastics - Bearings for Special Applications1:32

    Clever Plastics - Bearings for Special Applications

    A showcase of special applications in which igus® iglide® bearings improve upon standard metal bearings. iglide® is a low cost, self-lubricated, dirt resistant, UV resistant, and light weight solution

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  • 6 Reasons to switch to plastic spherical bearings

    6 Reasons to switch to plastic spherical bearings

    It’s easy to use the same steel or bronze bearings on your machine, but could they be costing you more in the long run?

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  • Introduction to the igus dry-tech Bearings box at MD&M West2:08

    Introduction to the igus dry-tech Bearings box at MD&M West

    This video introduces the igus dry-tech bearings box at MD&M West. This box helps engineers choose the right bearing for almost any application. This includes dirty environments, low coefficient of fr

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