Igus has developed a new variant of its igubal spherical bearing range that is made of detectable plastic for use in the food and drinks industry. When these are fitted to a machine, there is no possibility of any igubal parts contaminating the end product, provided a metal detector is fitted to the line - which is frequently the case in today's food and drinks production lines.
The new detectable igubal variants are easy to install, adjust to all angle deviations and, in many applications, can replace traditional metallic components. Up to 80 per cent in weight can be saved, enabling machines and systems to work more efficiently and at higher rates.
Igus detectable plastic spherical bearings are suitable for dry use at application temperatures ranging from -30 to +80degC, can run in liquids as well as chemicals, and are corrosion-resistant - so they are not adversely effected by regular washdowns. In comparison to traditional metallic bearings, the igubal range offers better damping characteristics since the specially developed plastic material absorbs vibrations more effectively.
The self-adjusting spherical bearing components are manufactured completely from tribo-optimised plastic. The range includes lubrication- and maintenance-free rod end bearings and clevis joints, flange, pivoting and pillow block bearings. Both the housing and spherical balls are made of detectable plastic.
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