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.
igubal® JEM insert bearings infographic
igubal® JEM plastic insert bearings are grease-free, lightweight & self-lubricating, making them an ideal 1:1 metal bearing replacement. Learn more about the benefits and cost-savings here.
igubal® JEM Insert Bearings, Self-lubricating and Maintenance-free
Reduce costs and prevent premature machine failures with igubal® JEM, a self-lubricating polymer insert bearing. JEM is directly replaceable with metal insert bearings and lasts up to eight times long
Plastic vs Metal Self-aligning Bearings
More design options, differing motion & no rust. See how igus® self-aligning bearings compare to its metal bearing counterparts in this one-page infographic.
The six advantages of linear plain bearings
See how plastics compare to ball bearings. Linear bearing systems create sliding technology for maximum design potential. These systems are based on tribologically-optimized plastic liners.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Argument for Plastic: The development, testing, and advantages of plastic bearings
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
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
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.
Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power
In this white paper, uncover common misconceptions and learn the true reliability of tribologically-optimized plastic bearings.
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
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
iglide®: The Material
An in-depth look at iglide® plastic bearing materials from igus®.
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.
How to Use the igus® Bearing Product Selector
Try it out for yourself! www.igus.com
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.
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.