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Discover the World of Plastic Bearings Webinar

Plastic bearings can replace steel or bronze bearings in almost any application, whether rotating, oscillating, or linear. Plastic bearings cost less, are simple to install, and they reduce maintenance. Learn about the characteristics of plastic plain bearings, the different polymer materials available, and the many benefits these types of bearings offer in comparison to metal bearing alternatives.

Date: August 21, 2013
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Bearing materials made from polymeric substances have been shown to be advantageous when fluid lubricants are not viable due to extreme environments or the potential for contamination. The latter is particularly critical in the food, pharmaceutical, and medical industries. Plastic bearings are also useful when fluid lubricants challenge maintenance procedures, or fail to offer the necessary levels of boundary lubrication when one of the mating surfaces is metal.

Each year, igus® engineers develop more than 100 new plastic compounds which are tested in bushing form in more than 5,000 experiments annually. The company has used this test data to build a comprehensive database covering the tribological properties of its plastics. Attendees of this presentation will discover the science behind plastic bearings; they will gain a better understanding of plastic bearing design benefits; and they will learn how to select plastic bearing materials according to their applications.

Key Take-Aways

  • Discover the characteristics of plastic plain bearings
  • Understand the advantages of plastic vs bronze bushings and ball-bearing systems
  • Learn about the differences between polymers and composite polymers
  • Learn how to design plastic bearings into rotating, oscillating, and linear applications
  • Discover the wide range of applications for plastic bearings


Matt Mowry, DryLin® Product Manager, igus®

igus® Product Manager Matt Mowry oversees all aspects of the company's line of DryLin® linear bearings and guide systems.

Nicole Lang, iglide® Product Manager, igus®

Nicole Lang, iglide® Product Manager, oversees the company's comprehensive line of iglide® plain bearings, igubal® spherical bearings, and xiros® plastic ball bearings.