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Custom assemblies delivered quickly and ready to fitLeading plastic plain bearing specialist igus UK has launched a new cost-effective manufacturing service - speedifit - which supplies bespoke complete bearing assemblies, enabling customers to save time and money. The housing is manufactured to custom requirements, fitted with an igus bearing, and supplied as one whole unit, ready to install.
A speedifit part is made by taking a standard or custom iglidur plain bearing, and fitting this into a bespoke housing machined to a customer's drawing and specifications. Any igus bearing can be fitted into a housing which can be manufactured from many materials including aluminium, anodised aluminium, mild steel and stainless steel, titanium as well as common engineering plastics.
The speedifit service is easy to use, requiring just a few simple steps. The customer sends igus the assembly and housing drawings directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they receive a quote typically within 24 hours which includes fitting of all bearings. Once ordered, the speedifit manufacturing and assembly centre produces the custom part and the complete assembly is delivered ready to install, within the confirmed lead-time.
Delivery timescales depends on the material, complexity, and quantity but speedifit parts are usually delivered within five to 10 working days. In every speedifit quotation, a firm maximum lead-time is given. The delivery of the speedifit part saves customers valuable manufacturing and logistics time, and the one-piece assembly does not need any further process or work.
igus' iglidur plastic bearings are reliable, high quality, wear-resistant and free from lubrication, therefore requiring no maintenance and offering a long service life. As with all igus components, there is no minimum order, and customers can order any number of parts.
The cost of the speedifit part depends on the individual requirements and materials, but customers can also benefit from cost savings associated with reduced manufacturing and logistics time.
"We're excited to be launching this new service, which expands our custom manufacturing offering," says Matthew Aldridge, director at igus. "Manufacturers are increasingly looking for bespoke parts but at a more cost-effective price and at igus we give customers this flexibility. speedifit components are made completely to our customers' specifications and we also work closely with them to make significant cost savings by, for example, changing a machined stainless steel bearing housing to a casting, and supplying this as a speedifit assembly."
Whether it's concept or prototype, or from low volume to high volume parts, igus has a full service offering, with its speedigus range of manufacturing services. The speedigus offering includes speedimold, a rapid prototyping and injection moulding service, speedicut, a rapid machining service and now speedifit, making it as easy as possible for customers to realise cost-effective bespoke solutions.
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