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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)


Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Ski safe with Igus

Ski safe with Igus
A high end manufacturer of Telemark ski-bindings has incorporated Iglidur plastic  plain bearings from Igus into their product. This has created a more reliable product and virtually eliminated maintenance requirements. Defective ski-bindings present a great risk to the safety of a Telemark or 'free heel' skier, so it is vitally important that every component works efficiently at all times. The Iglidur W300 bearings are used in the 'knuckle', which enables the heel of the skier's boot to raise and lower with each turn. Iglidur J bearings are used in the rear cases, of which there are two per binding set. 

To meet the brief the ski bindings had to be low profile and able to fit into a limited space. They also needed to be lightweight, since Telemark skiers are very weight conscious. iglidur low profile, lightweight plain bearings proved ideal for both these design requirements. The bearings also had to be able to last for the lifetime of the product, or be easy and quick to replace. Iglidur bearings were ideal, since they have a long, predictable service life and are easy to install. They also possess a high tensile strength and can handle the high-level impacts involved when skiing. They absorb minimal moisture and can withstand the low temperatures encountered out on the slopes. 

Iglidur W300 - which Igus has nicknamed 'The Marathon Runner' - offers especially long life, extremely high wear and dirt resistance, and a low coefficient of friction. Iglidur J offers low wear against different shaft materials, a low coefficient of friction, low moisture absorption, and has vibration dampening properties.
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