igus FastLine delivers injection-moulded plain bearings within a week

New production line in the in-house igus toolmaking department enables fast production of customised plain bearings.

igus has introduced the FastLine Service from its expanded in-house toolmaking department. With this FastLine Service, igus will be able to offer production of wear-resistant plain bearings in different dimensions from injection moulding.

Stefan Loockmann-Rittich, business unit manager of iglidur at igus, commented: “By investing in our toolmaking department with its own production line for round parts with modern CNC technology, we are now able to respond even faster to our customers’ needs. In addition to our large catalogue range of polymer plain bearings, which are available from stock, we can produce customised parts cost-effectively in just a few days using the appropriate injection moulding tool.”

To facilitate operator’s decision if production in injection moulding might be worthwhile and more cost-effective, igus offers the iglidur Designer. In this online tool, operators can enter the dimensions of the plain bearing, select the desired material, define the quantity, and they will be shown an overview of the manufacturing processes with costs.

A user of the FastLine Service is ergoline. The ergometer manufacturer was looking for a suitable maintenance-free plain bearing solution for the height adjustment of its new range. The plain bearings in standard dimensions were not being considered due to special inner and outer diameters. The initial tests were successfully made with turned bearings made of iglidur bar stock, but the start of batch production had to be quick due to the demand in the market.

Dominik Huber, developer at ergoline, explained: “Six weeks for a regular mould was too late for us, and turning bearings from bar stock all the time was too time consuming and expensive. That’s why we were very happy about the igus FastLine Service. It took just four days from order to delivery, and the price is three times more cost-effective than expected.”