igus is introducing a new plain bearing material developed specifically for medical and laboratory applications. Called iglidur AB, the material has undergone rigorous antimicrobial efficacy testing, which is the measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces, according to the ISO 22196: 2011 standard. Results show that its antibacterial properties will help reduce bacterial contamination to users and patients and, like all other iglidur materials, is self-lubricating and therefore maintenance-free.
Robert Dumayne, director, igus says: "From pick & place equipment in the laboratory to mechanical joints on patient furniture, the areas of application for this new material are diverse. As well as its antibacterial properties, iglidur AB brings two further advantages to the medical and laboratory industry - there is no risk of contamination by oil or grease and machinery and equipment can be cleaned safely, without the risk of washing away lubricants."
iglidur AB offers good resistance to chemicals, which enables bearings made of this material to withstand aggressive cleaning agents. In addition, a continuous application temperature range of -40 to +70degC is possible.
Plain bearings made of the new material are available from igus ex-stock in six different dimensions. For further information about the new iglidur AB material, please visit www.igus.co.uk.