Self-lubricating, maintenance-free igus DryLin R linear bearings are being used for vertical guidance in particle analysers for scientific research, enabling the manufacturer to save £20,000 per year.
A manufacturer of scientific instruments and laboratory equipment has been able to save more than £20,000 per year thanks to installing igus DryLin R linear bearings in analysers used for particle science research. The plastic bearings are lubricant-free and, as a result, require no maintenance, so the laboratories operate efficiently and save significant costs.
Previously, the equipment manufacturer was using recirculating ball bearings; however, these required frequent maintenance and relubrication. In contrast, the igus DryLin R linear bearings and guide systems are dry running and do not require external oils or grease. This is an important feature for medical laboratories, as it keeps the environment free from contaminants. They are also corrosion resistant, which makes them an excellent choice for the sterile environments in which analysers are used.
The scientific equipment is used for determining the physical characteristics of powders and solid materials in areas such as pharmacology, cosmetics, nanotechnology and polymer science. Physisorption and chemisorption analysers are designed to deliver consistent and reliable determinations related to surface area, pore structure and active metals for quality control and R&D applications. DryLin R linear bearings are used in the analyser's elevator unit to facilitate the vertical motion of either the cooling bath or furnace during the sample analysis process.
Matthew Aldridge, a director at igus, comments: "We are delighted that our bearing solution is enabling scientific equipment manufacturers to save significant costs. The reliable plastic bearings provide long life, enabling laboratories to operate efficiently.”
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