Brand new launch: xiros® End Cap Ball Bearings, a real plastic for longer life

High-performance material, Xirodur B180, ensures a reliable wear resistant and durable bearing ideal for a variety of application areas. The self lubricating and water-proof nature makes this a perfect solution for the food and packaging industry.

Xiros product manager, Dean Aylott from igus, gives us his top 5 application problems that a Xiros ball bearing solves within the food industry:

  1. Food Contamination:

The self-lubricating and FDA approved material properties eliminate the need to add lubrication therefore reducing food contamination.

  1. Heavy machinery:

The light-weight nature reduces weight in the food packaging machines.

  1. High level of friction/ static build-up:

Xiros bearings reduce friction enabling you to run your machines at higher speeds with less drag, increasing productivity.

  1. High demand in maintenance:

Maintenance-free nature; increasing service-life and reducing costs.

  1. Long or time-consuming installation process:

Maintenance-free, no need for un-scheduled downtime. Replace greased steel and stainless steel ball bearings.

xiros® success stories

By swapping to plastic, we have had success in a number of applications. igus recently had an application where steel ball bearings were insufficiently maintained on a UK built machine, that was wrapping confectionary goods overseas. Steel ball bearings were sprayed down with a chemical product/ solution which in-turn penetrated the seal and corroded the original bearing.

The company made an enquiry to igus for a solution to their problem. igus products proved to be of favour and from what was a three week failure rate , igus have completely turned around. Now as it stands, the bearings are still operating within the application two years later. Outstanding feedback! Not only have igus products extended the machine service life, they have also enabled the customer to increase through-put and dramatically slash costs.

The new addition to the xiros® family

The Xiros product range has been extended: the new Xiros End Cap Ball Bearings for larger diameter rollers, such as those used within the success story example above. They feature not only sacrificial ribs for easy installation, yet can withstand a vast range of temperatures from -40°C to +80°C and have a load rating of 294N per bearing.

“The Xiros End Cap Ball Bearings are exactly what the food packaging industry needs.” Dean Aylott enthused, “They can withstand the dynamic and challenging environments that are faced by this industry, making it a reliable and durable market component. With products like these, we can bring the traditional method of conveying inline with 21st Century technology”.

For more information:

Visit the igus website on:

Or contact Dean Aylott (xiros® product manager) on:

07779291934 or




iglidur on tour-Welcome to New Delhi

Sascha, igligur’s very own driver, shares the start of his all around the world tour.

‘To be honest I do not even know where to start. I have only been here four days but have already experienced more than I can summarize in a blog entry!

Let’s start with the flight.
Actually, everything went fantastic until we were on the way to the airport in New Delhi. What I thought were normal clouds, was in reality a mixture of smog and fog that lay over the whole city and buried everything underneath. I recently just read that the air pollution in New Delhi is even worse than Beijing. The smoke, smog, fog was so dense that I though I was sitting right next to it, the wings I could no longer see. What is an inconvenience for me, was a big problem for the pilot. After the third attempt, he broke off the landing and flew to Mumbai.

After a short recharge (1.5 hours to Mumbai and then 1.5 hours back to New Delhi) I finally arrived in the city, seven hours late, which was so incredibly strange.

How can you take a first impression and describe it fully in one word? I would say that the best way to describe it is “intense”. If you leave the quiet, insular airport hall, the first thing you perceive is a significant amount of taxis. Everyone is trying to outdo the other and to lure you in. I chose one of the many taxis and began a ride that I will look back upon as a mixture between fun and looking death in the eye, switching back and forth. I had the impression that my taxi driver was driving without any system. Everyone seemed to be driving so fast no matter how small the spaces were. The Road Traffic Act seemed to me to play a subordinate role, with drivers permanently honking while driving. I am sure that when I reflect upon my time in New Delhi, the whole honking scenario is definitely going to be the first thing think of. Horns can be heard actually constantly to at any time, whether morning, noon, evening or night. A few days after my first taxi ride I had the theory that the horns are the reason why I have not seen any accidents. You honk when you drive into a road when you overtake a car or when you see that someone comes too close.

When I finally arrived, after what felt like an eternity, at the hotel I went straight to my bed. The next day I set out to explore the city in which I will live for the next two weeks. My Indian colleague: Nitin, picked me up at the hotel and showed me a few sights. What prevails life on Delhi’s roads I found really impressive. Above all, the peaceful coexistence between extreme opposites, e.g. between rich and poor has fascinated me. Here there are high-tech shops next to hawkers, stray dogs and cows next to modern skyscrapers and cars sometimes in addition to very exotic means of transport such as elephants.

I would love to tell you more about the city, such as where to eat but I have not had time to explore the past couple of days. The last two days we spent at customs in order to free iglidur ® from the shackles of Indian bureaucracy. I have never waited so long in my life for a few signatures. While Monday was probably “Happy customs day” and none of the officials felt responsible for us. After waiting seven hours, we were good to go. Nevertheless, the wait was worth it!

Next time I’ll tell you more about the liberation of iglidur ® and also where there is a connection between our car and a flock of sheep. Strange but true. :).

Until next time.

Your Sascha


iglidur on tour-A successful press event

The iglidur on our press event, hosted at igus HQ in Cologne, was a superb way to reveal and celebrate the start of the world-wide tour.

Our very own Leanne Golding, Marketing Manager here, was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event for herself.

“The event was very well organised and included lots of featured product areas that kept every visitor engaged. Presentations from the CEO, Frank Blase, and colleagues were informative and really drummed up the excitement between myself and other attendees in terms of seeing what challenges the tour will bring!”

Concluding this, on the 20th of January 2014, the car was then driven to Frankfurt airport to be flown to India in preparation for the launch of the tour in Asia.

Meet the driver

Our ‘iglidur on tour’ car is accompanied by Sascha, who introduces himself in the following Clip:

Third week of remodelling

Now for the real thing!

Our car for “iglidur® on tour” shows us what’s ‘under the bonnet’!

Now that our car has disclosed its secrets the remodelling goes one step further! The bearings at the break pedal have already been replaced! Following you will find more novelties:

Now it is time to start dealing with the “starter”. This is used to not only start the engine but also generate electricity. In our car the “starter” is fixed to a shoulder bolt. Allowing the bolt to move enables radial- as well as axial movements to balance out vibrations. This ensures that the link which connects starter and crank shaft, is tensioned all times. The bolt, holding the starter, is fixed by two bearings. They enable the movements and are going to be replaced by igus® bearings.

The bold that carries the “starter”

Also the suspension strut is brought to focus. Its purpose is to prevent smashing our heads on the ceiling when going over a bump. More precisely we are going to examine the rolling bearing which is located above the suspension to ensure that the axis can be moved. As it is frequently in use it has to be able to endure pressure and friction over a long period of time.

This bearing is planned to be replaced with an igus® bearing which is specifically manufactured to endure pressures up to 11KN (which is about 2420 pounds)! Nevertheless there are two challenges with this bearing: The original bearing is of a different size which means we need to confirm if we still can use this special igus® standard-bearing or if one needs to be manufactured first. Furthermore, the suspension is screwed with the rolling bearing. Thus the igus bearing® has to be adapted. Will the suspension work afterwards or shall we already prepare ourselves to face a terrible headache?

The original bearing (right) and the possible igus® bearing (left).

Johannes Thomé is showing where the bearing is located

The throttle valve was examined too! Throttle valves are located in the air intake pipe of a car. Modern engines not only need fuel but the right mixture ratio of both fuel and air. The volume of air flow is determined by how fast we accelerate which is regulated by the throttle valve. It is placed on a shaft, which is moved by a small electric motor fitted inside our two bearings. They will be replaced by igus® bearings.

The throttle valve which is located on a shaft.

The handbrake

Last but not least the handbrake. The hand lever is connected to a module that is located on the car body. It is going to be investigated if the hand lever is connected through a replaceable bearing or just a metal bolt. This decides on whether we can fit an igus® bearing or not.

Conclusion: It comes to details but it still remains exciting!

iglidur® on tour

First week of remodelling At least 21 countries in nine months! Our car for “iglidur® on tour” is going to drive not only on conventional roads but also on dirt roads along fields, mountains and forests to visit customers, branches and exhibitions. India, China, South Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil and almost all of Europe are destinations of this extraordinary tour.

In the Cologne University of Applied Sciences students are working under the instruction of Johannes Thome to get the car ready for the trip. Over the course of the next four weeks various parts and bearings in the car are going to be replaced by igus® parts which will be put on the test when travelling about 100000km. During the exhibition in Hannover in 2015 they are going to be removed again to demonstrate how they endured the tour.

Currently students have already removed the chassis to get access to the modules they work on. In the next step they analyse how certain bearings in the car could be replaced. For instance they exposed the front part to be able to deal with the linkage of the windscreen wipers and the steering gear. The rear chassis as well as the doors have been removed too. The bearings which are helping to lift and lower the window will be replaced by igus® bearings.

The chassis on the sides had been removed to work on the window opener

In the course of the next weeks the project will be accompanied to document how the car will be prepared for this unique adventure.

RoboThespian 2013 Manus award winner, entertains at the Consumer Electronics Show.

RoboThespian, designed by Engineered Arts Limited, is a life-sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public place that can be used for multiple purposes from education to pure entertainment. The integration of 85 iglidur bearings, from igus, allow for the smooth human-like movements to flow throughout the body from head to toe. This contributes to a longer life for RoboThespians around the world. The low friction, small size and lightweight iglidur bearings complement the anodised aerospace grade aluminium components used throughout RoboThespian. To see the robot in action at the Consumer Electronics Show recently in Las Vegas, click here: For more information on igus bearings, visit the website on:

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