Plastic bearings have come a long way in recent years, replacing metal bearings in many industries and applications. In particular, engineers are using sliding, or linear bearings made of engineered composite plastic as an alternative to recirculating metal ball bearings. These bearings are self-lubricating, reducing maintenance costs and associated downtime. They are suited for environments where oil and grease can be detrimental, such as cleanroom or food production facilities. The lack of external lubricant is also beneficial in dirty environments, where dust and grime can wreak havoc on traditional rolling bearings. Attendees of this presentation will learn how engineers are lowering equipment costs and improving machinery performance in a wide variety of applications ranging from lab automation to packaging to 3D printing.
- Understand the characteristic of engineered plastics and linear plastics bearings
- Discover the benefits of plastic linear bearings when compared with traditional ball bearings
- Learn how plastic bearings improve machine performance and lower maintenance costs
- Understand why plastic bearings are good for cleanroom as well as dirty environments
As the DryLin® product manager for igus®, Matt Mowry oversees all aspects of the company's comprehensive line of DryLin® linear bearings and guide systems. Mowry is a graduate of Washington State University; he joined the igus® team in 2000.