Find the right bearing fit with new igus® Fit Calculator app

igus® Fit Calculator is a new app for iOS and Android that enables engineers to calculate dimensions and tolerances for bearings according to ISO 286. The app, which can be easily found and downloaded from the smartphone’s or tablet’s app store, is very simple to use and requires no registration.

By selecting the nominal bearing size (between 0.01 and 500mm) and required tolerance grades for the housing bore and shaft, the igus® Fit Calculator app calculates the dimensions and tolerances instantly. The maximum and minimum dimensions and the associated type of fit (clearance or interference fit) are also provided.

A key benefit of this streamlined app is that it can be used offline, which is particularly useful when working in closed machine or safety zones. In addition, users can swap the units at any time between metric and imperial systems.

Detailed help regarding the calculations of the tolerance field is provided, as well as direct contact with an igus bearing specialist. For more information, please visit: or call igus directly on 01604 677240.

Editor Matthew Aldridge writes:

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting customers in central London, in between meetings I grabbed a sandwich and coffee from a street vendor and sat down on a bench to enjoy my lunch. Two homeless men were on a bench next to me, and I could not help overhearing their loud conversation. They were discussing the excellent quality sandwiches which a well known chain gives out at the end of the day to homeless people. Apparently this company pays a higher hourly rate to London staff than the rest of the UK, but the trade off is that the staff do not get free food. The homeless man was explaining to his friend how he helps a member of staff to save money by circumventing this regulation; he takes two boxes of sandwiches, meets the lady at the end of her shift, and gives one to her.

No such measures are needed to save money when using igus® parts; if you have moving parts on your machine then it is highly likely we can save you money while also increasing the life of your design! Email me with the details of your requirements and, I promise I will give it my urgent attention. This applies to bearings, linear guides, cable chains and flexible cables, the samples are free and you could save a lot of money.

You can also come and see the latest ideas and products from igus® at the Engineering Design Show. This is held once again at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 19th and 20th October, you will find igus® on stand D20, please drop by to see the latest igus® e-chains®, chainflex® cables, and dry-tech® bearings, we will be serving drinks and light refreshments all day every day.

We will also be exhibiting at Advanced Manufacturing at the NEC, Birmingham on 2nd and 3rd November, you will find igus® on stand H40. Again you can see the latest igus® products while enjoying drinks and light refreshments.

Even if you cannot visit these shows, please take time to look at the video at the right where you can get a guided tour through the latest products from igus® released this Autumn.

Best regards

Matthew Aldridge
Matthew Aldridge


igus® to showcase Industry 4.0 solutions at Manufacturing Management Show

At this year’s Manufacturing Management Show, taking place 23-24th November at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, we will showcase our next evolution for motion plastics: Industry 4.0-ready smart plastics. Comprising smart cables, energy chains and linear guides, smart plastics monitor themselves constantly, providing performance data and early warning of critical wear.


igus® UK’s Managing director, Matthew Aldridge, will present a workshop at the show entitled:

on Wednesday 23rd November at 10:15.

About the workshop, he says: “Manufacturing solutions must keep pace with the speed, flexibility and cost-effectiveness demanded by modern smart factories and Industry 4.0 production capabilities. By deploying smart plastics, customers can increase plant availability, maximise uptime and reduce costs through automated condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.”


We will also have on show our drylin W linear guides. Combining extremely high flexibility in design with simple installation, these linear guides offer best-in-class friction and wear resistance. Without the need for lubricants, the system is insensitive to dirt, thereby increasing reliability and reducing maintenance costs. They exhibit low coefficients of friction in dry operation, high resistance to corrosion and wear, and provide for a flexible utilisation of installation space.


Members of the our team will be available on stand F16 to answer questions and demonstrate the potential applications of our bearing products and cable management systems, as well as provide insight into the full range of igus products suitable for their industry and application. For more information, please visit:


To arrange an appointment, please email Megan Campbell: and for further information, please visit: or call igus directly on 01604 677240.Follow us at, watch our videos at, connect with us at and read our blog on


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