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igus Presents FastLine Service with an Online Configurator for Developers in the Automotive Supply Industry

Farewell to lengthy ready instances: utilizing the FastLine service and the iglide designer, prospects can configure their production-ready and lubrication-free plain bearing in a flash and obtain their required elements in simply seven days. (Supply: igus GmbH)

An injection-molded polymer plain bearing in simply seven days

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2023/ — igus®, the Germany-based producer of movement plastics, has launched an answer for automotive designers and patrons who want distinctive elements for prototypes and sequence manufacturing rapidly. Beforehand, they needed to wait as much as six weeks to get the required injection mildew. However now, with igus’ FastLine service, they will full it inside seven days. Clients can use iglide® designer to order the tribologically optimized plain bearing in 4 simple on-line steps.

Designers and patrons in the automotive provide trade typically require a particular part not out there in the catalog. They want it urgently for validation past the prototype section. Whereas 3D printing is a fast resolution, it might not match the required tolerances and materials properties. CNC lathes and milling machines additionally can’t obtain the similar floor end as injection molding. However injection molding takes as much as six weeks, which may be inconvenient when time is of the essence.

Configure cylindrical bushings, flanged bushings, and washers on-line in only a few seconds

To assist designers and patrons validate assemblies with preliminary samples, igus developed the FastLine service. With FastLine, prospects can simply configure and order triboplastic elements comparable to cylindrical bushings, flanged bushings, and washers on-line in simply 4 steps utilizing the iglide plain bearing designer.

First, customers choose the form they want, comparable to a sleeve bearing, after which select an appropriate materials from the iglide vary for injection molding. The configurator shows the key traits of the supplies, together with most ambient temperature and floor stress, in a transparent margin. As soon as the person enters the dimensions of the internal diameter, outer diameter, and bearing width, the complete worth for injection molding manufacturing is immediately displayed, permitting the person to put an order.

The bearing’s STEP recordsdata and PDF drawings can be found for free obtain for additional planning and designing. After inserting the order, the on-line device routinely generates 3D fashions and different design recordsdata utilized by the in-house igus device store’s particular workforce, iform, to program CNC machine instruments.

With minimal guide effort, the machines can begin producing the injection-molding device sooner than ever. The method standardization with brief throughput instances gained igus the “Excellence in Manufacturing” competitors of the machine device laboratory WZL of the RWTH Aachen College and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Know-how (IPT) in the class “Inner toolmaking from 50 workers.”

Manufacturing time drops to seven days

“This interplay of on-line configuration, machine networking, and course of automation is a novelty in toolmaking,” says Stefan Loockmann-Rittich, iglide Enterprise Unit Supervisor at igus. “In consequence, the FastLine service permits us to scale back the manufacturing time of injection molds for cylindrical bushings, flanged bushings, and washers in particular dimensions appropriate for sequence manufacturing from six weeks to seven days.”

Clients obtain the particular elements accordingly sooner and might begin validating their assemblies. igus has been energetic in the automotive trade since 1964. The corporate provides over 500 million plain bearings for automotive purposes yearly. The polymer bearings are used not solely in inside techniques comparable to seats, middle consoles, or pedals but additionally in gearboxes and the thermal administration of the drive.

Along with the price benefits in comparison with metallic bearing options, design engineers and patrons admire the light-weight high quality, the lack of lubrication, the small bearing clearance, and the vibration-dampening and, thus, noise-reducing specs.


igus GmbH develops and produces movement plastics. These self-lubricating, high-performance polymers enhance expertise and scale back prices wherever issues transfer. In power provides, extremely versatile cables, plain and linear bearings, and lead screw expertise fabricated from tribo-polymers, igus is the worldwide market chief. The family-run firm primarily based in Cologne, Germany, is represented in 35 international locations and employs 4,900 folks throughout the globe. In 2021, igus generated a turnover of €961 million. Analysis in the trade’s largest take a look at laboratories continuously yields improvements and extra person safety. 200 thirty-four thousand articles can be found from inventory, and repair life may be calculated on-line. In recent times, the firm has expanded by creating inner startups, for instance, ball bearings, robotic drives, 3D printing, the RBTX platform for Lean Robotics, and clever “sensible plastics” for Industry 4.0. Amongst the most vital environmental investments are the “chainge” program – recycling used e-chains and collaborating in an enterprise that produces oil from plastic waste.

Michael Rielly
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