New polymer developed that can be recognised by metal detectors
Treotham announces a new polymer material developed by plastic bearings expert igus that can be recognised by metal detectors. The new material finds application in diverse industrial applications including packaging, sports equipment, food processing and automotive manufacturing.
igus’ complete igubal range includes lubrication- and maintenance-free rod end bearings and clevis joints, flanged units, press-fit and pedestal bearings. Both the housing and spherical balls are made from detectable plastic.
The igubal bearings range made from the new polymer allows easy detection by standard metal detection systems including all potential plastic residues down to the tiniest particle.
Manufactured completely from tribo-optimised polymers, the self-adjusting bearings are easy to install, adjust to all angular misalignments, and can replace metallic components in many applications.
Key features and benefits of the igubal detectable bearings include up to 80 per cent lighter than traditional metal bearings, increasing efficiency of machines and systems; dry running properties; unaffected by dirt and dust contamination; ability to operate in liquids and a variety of chemicals; and corrosion resistance.
igubal bearings can operate in application temperatures from 4°C to 80°C. The two-part combined bearings, unlike their steel counterparts, can absorb vibrations, enabling bearing components to absorb very high forces.
Unlike roller bearings that fail prematurely and require readjustment or retrofitting to compensate for alignment errors, igubal spherical bearings eliminate the need for exact placement of shafts and housing, making them an ideal solution for simple as well as complex designs.