Bearings Win Best Product Award

Plastic bearings named 2011 Golden Mousetrap Winner

East Providence, RI - April 6, 2011 - iglide® X6 plastic plain bearings from igus® have been selected by Design News magazine as a 2011 Golden Mousetrap Best Products Winner. iglide X6 is made of an advanced bearing material containing nano particles. The material is up to six times more wear resistant at long term temperatures of 482 degrees Fahrenheit than its predecessor.

This year, out of a record number of entries, editors from Design News presented a total of 18 Golden Mousetrap awards in four major categories: Electronics & Test, Automation & Control, Design Tools: Hardware & Software, and Materials & Assembly. iglide X6 plastic plain bearings were recognized in the Materials and Assembly category for innovation in engineering and creativity in product design.

"The products highlighted in this year's Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists clearly demonstrate both cutting-edge design ideas and the practical evolution of technologies for systems and product design engineers. Design News congratulates all the engineers and their companies who have been recognized with the Golden Mousetrap Award, and we are grateful for their contribution to this year's competition," said Editorial Director, David Greenfield.

Nano technology was used to optimize the new X6 material. In this area, surface properties play a more important role than material volume properties: the size of the object determines its properties. These are 'size-induced functionalities'. The use of nano particles has a decisive influence on the superior performance of iglide X6 plain bearings, especially under the influence of temperature.

iglide X6 plastic plain bearings are available from stock in 24 different dimensions. Call 1-888-803-1895 or e-mail for more information.

igus' Twisterband TB30 cable carrier system, specially designed to turn through 3,000 degrees in minimal spaces in robotic applications, was also recognized by Design News as a Golden Mousetrap Award finalist. Twisterband TB30 cable carriers are lightweight and easy to use. The injection-molded chain has easy access links allowing users to simply press in cables and hoses through split openings. Applications include robotics supplying one and six axes in special machine construction, handling, lifting and assembly equipment, and test jigs.

About igus
igus develops industry-leading Energy Chain® cable carriers, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide plastic plain bearings, igubal® spherical bearings, and DryLin® linear bearings and guide systems. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and continuous-flex cable since 1989, igus provides the right solution from over 80,000 products available from stock. No minimum order required. For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit

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