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Precision bearings and condition monitoring

Maintenance-free and extremely
lightweight ball bearings from igus

xiros thin-ring bearings for confined spaces allow particularly good haptics with control elements.
For confined spaces and where low weight is crucial, the motion plastics specialist igus has developed thin-ring bearings which conform to DIN 625. The xiros plastic ball bearings are suitable for a wide variety of in-vehicle applications - they are self-lubricating and therefore maintenance-free, as well as having very low friction properties.

Temperature, ventilation or chassis dynamics - all of these and more can be adjusted in the car with the turn of a dial. Since weight is minimised to ensure good fuel economy and space is usually at a premium, the new xiros thin-ring bearings of series 67 and 68 are particularly suitable. Available in two different materials (xirodur B180 and xirodur S180) these bearings are offered as standard with internal diameters of between 4 and 30mm. Special dimensions or customer-specific integrated solutions are available upon request. For both xirodur materials, the balls are available made of stainless steel (1.4401 grade) or, for a completely non-magnetic version, glass. To achieve further weight reductions, balls made of plastic are also possible on request.
The xiros thin-ring bearings are suitable for application temperatures between -40°C and +80°C. In addition, to them being self-lubricating, they are corrosion-resistant. These bearings have also endured various arduous tests at the igus test laboratory with results indicating that they are suitable for several hundred million cycles within permissible loads.

"As with all xiros ball bearings, the frictional torque of our thin-ring bearings is particularly low," says Robert Dumayne, director, igus. "Therefore, no break-out torque can be felt when they are moved, which, for example, ensures very good haptics when used on rotary knobs."
For correct selection, configuration and ordering, igus has developed easy-to-use online tools. With just a few clicks at the ideal xiros ball bearing can be configured. For more information about xiros ball bearings, view website:

Igus in profile
Based in Northampton in the UK, and with global headquarters in Cologne, Germany, igus is the largest producer of injection moulded polymer bearings and reinforced plastic cable carriers in the world. Product lines include industry-leading e-chain cable carriers, chainflex continuous-flex cables, iglidur plastic plain bearings, igubal spherical bearings, drylin linear bearings and guide systems. The company has 26 subsidiaries across 31 countries and employs more than 2150 people worldwide.

With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and continuous-flex cable since 1989, igus provides the right solution based on 100,000 products available from stock with between 1,500 and 2,500 new product introductions each year

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