TX1 polymer bearings compared to bronze bearings
igus® polymer bearings have been produced in iglidur® materials for over 50 years. The standard range of moulded iglidur® bearings is extensive, however, not every requirement conforms to the standard range. So, igus® introduced stock materials. This allows customers to machine components that are outside the “standard” catalogue parameters.
But we didn’t stop there. The age-old argument was still floating around about whether plastic bearings can withstand the weight and pressure of metal bearings. Despite there being a selection of specially formulated materials to do just this, some people still needed convincing…..
So, we took it further and looked at new methods, new materials, new ideas.
iglidur® TX1 polymer bearings was born. Finally, a comparable material to take on bronze bearings!
The change was in the manufacturing process; from a moulded polymer bearing to a fibre wound composite bearing. This enabled an even stronger support material to be produced. The long fibres offer true stability. Having the same iglidur® technology means no lubrication is required. Solid lubricants are part of the bearing’s intricate makeup. This is what allows a maintenance-free and lubrication- free bearing.
Where would you use these TX1 polymer bearings?
Industries such as agricultural, construction and wind power are industries that are already using the TX1 polymer bearings. They are perfect for applications such as rotor lock systems on wind turbines. The heavy-duty bearings can withstand the pressure on them, even up at the dizzy heights of the propellors. They can also cope with up to 200MPa static load and 140MPa dynamic, so despite being a polymer bearing, they can handle the forces required.
Easy replacement of bronze bearings, both on a dimensional and technical level in applications within agriculture, in farm machinery for example. These dirt- resistant composite bearings are ideal for applications where they are going to encounter extreme conditions. The specially formulated bearing is also media- resistant, again making it ideal for outdoor applications.
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Standard ‘in stock’ items?
These are an igus® stock item! We hold a range of different sizes in the UK and Germany. This product range grows every year with some weird and wonderful sizes to match, so if you can’t find what you want online, speak to the team! We can have these custom- made to the exact size you want, so if the standard range doesn’t fit your requirements, let us know.