Out with metal bearings, in with plastic

By | 2022-03-18T05:54:42+00:00 March 18th, 2022|

The recently launched spherical insert bearings – intended to replace steel roller bearings in heavy-duty applications – by German polymer bearing manufacturer, igus, are ultra-durable.

Using advanced tribology to eliminate the requirement for lubrication, the corrosion resistant bearings are ideally suited for most applications, including conveyors, clean applications, manufacturing, concrete, steel and a host of others.

With a proven service life of up to eight times longer than steel ball bearings, especially in dirty environments, the igubal Spherical Bearings can be installed quickly and easily to replace existing bearings. In addition to greater durability and better wear life, the injection-moulded spherical insert bearings are also less costly than traditional bearings.

Ian Hewat, managing director of igus South Africa, says, “Users can dramatically decrease downtime on site and ensure more reliable throughput of product from their operations. In addition, they save on lubrication as we believe the lowest-cost lubrication method is the one you don’t need at all.

“Due to their corrosion resistance and insensitivity to dirt and dust, igubal Spherical Insert Bearings for metal pillow block and fixed flange bearings, can also improve the operating time of most processes.”

Polymer plastic insert bearings from igus last up to eight times longer. Image credit: igus South Africa

Polymer plastic insert bearings from igus last up to eight times longer. Image credit: igus South Africa