Tough recycled polymer bearing

MOTION plastics specialist igus has introduced a new plain bearing made from recycled plastic. The bearing, iglide ECO P210, is a chemical-resistant variant that has been added to the company’s iglide ECO series.

The iglide ECO series is manufactured using regranulate made from the sprue and defective injection-moulded parts produced by igus. This allows the company to recycle plastic waste and reduce the amount of virgin plastic used in production.

The new iglide ECO P210 plain bearing has been designed for use in machines that regularly come into contact with chemicals. Potential applications include agitators, laboratory mills, filtration devices, and car washes. The bearing has a maximum recommended surface pressure of 50MPa at room temperature and can operate between -40°C (-40°F) and 100°C (212°F). Like all igus plain bearing materials, it does not require external lubrication with oil or grease.

“Our in-house laboratory tests show that plain bearings made of regranulate provide almost the same performance as the conventional iglidur P210 series. They are similarly resistant to edge pressure, shocks and impacts with only slight concessions, says South Africa’s product manager responsible for bearings, Juan-Eric Davidtz.