A new video by igus explores how bearing failure can be eliminated in low-temperature applications. Available on the company’s new online training centre platform, the video demonstrates how by using self-lubricating tribopolymer bearings, such as the drylin W, the chance of a bearing failure can be bypassed completely.
Conventional metal-based bearings, which use lubricants such as oil, run well at room temperature. At cooler temperatures, however, the lubricant can congeal to an almost solid state. This, in turn, can result in the bearing becoming more prone to failure as the lubricant ceases to effectively lubricate. At cooler temperatures, these sticky lubricants run the risk of attracting contaminants into the bearing, such as dust and other micro-particles, which can also lead to failure.
Thanks to the self-lubricating capabilities of igus bearings, they are a suitable alternative to conventional lubricated bearings for use in specialist industries, such as the food industry, where the lubricant can run the risk of contaminating food. Also, many of igus’ bearings are FDA-approved.