igus® introduces a new plain bearing material developed specifically for medical and laboratory applications. Called iglidur® AB, the material has undergone rigorous antimicrobial efficacy testing, which is the measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces, according to the ISO 22196: 2011 standard. Results show that its antibacterial properties will help reduce bacterial contamination to users and patients and, like all other iglidur materials, is self-lubricating and therefore maintenance-free.
“From pick & place equipment in the laboratory to mechanical joints on patient furniture, the areas of application for this new material are diverse,” says Robert Dumayne, director, igus®. “As well as its antibacterial properties, iglidur® AB brings two further advantages to the medical and laboratory industry – there is no risk of contamination by oil or grease and machinery and equipment can be cleaned safely, without the risk of washing away lubricants.”
iglidur® AB offers good resistance to chemicals, which enables bearings made of this material to withstand aggressive cleaning agents. In addition, a continuous application temperature range of -40 to +70ºC is possible.