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Polymer Stock Bars are machinable.

Press Release Summary:

Self-lubricating iglide® R and iglide J are semi-finished products that can be used in any machined part. Anything machined from these 2 in. dia solid rods will possess material qualities such as resistance to dirt, dust, wear, and friction. Materials consist of complementary polymers, reinforcing fibers, and solid lubricants that help optimize material properties. When used as bearing, machined plastic parts will have predictable life span.

Original Press Release:

High-Performance Polymers Now Machinable

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - April 16, 2008- Bearings specialist igus® now also offers semi-finished products in the form of lubrication-free, wear-resistant polymer stock bars.

This means users can now benefit from using high quality, self-lubricating iglide® polymers in any machined part. It also means customers can now order a mechanically machined, special size bearing in any dimension from igus in low quantities. This is ideal for maintenance managers, special-purpose machinery manufacturers and plant builders who require high-performance material components in special dimensions, small quantities, or for test samples and prototypes.

The 2-inch diameter solid rod is available in either iglide R or iglide J: two high quality bearing materials not accessible anywhere else on the market as semi-finished products. Anything machined from the stock bar will automatically possess the material qualities unique to all igus polymers: self-lubrication, zero maintenance, dirt and dust resistance, low wear, low friction, and so on. The machined plastic part will also have a predictable life when used as a bearing; something igus is able to calculate for plain bearings made from any of its iglide range. There are plans to make the stock bar available in other iglide materials in the future.

iglide materials consist of complementary polymers, reinforcing fibers and solid lubricants for optimized material properties. igus conducts more than 8,000 tests every year while developing these in its in-house test center. One aim is to provide users with precise predictions about bearing behavior and service life. Critical factors observed during these tests include wear, friction, driving force, and responses to varying speeds and temperatures, corrosive agents, dirt, impacts, and shocks.

About igus
igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems® to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings. For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit

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