GLOBAL June 2019
 
High loads can now move easily with lubrication-free igus ball transfer units
 
igus new polymer ball transfer units for conveyor tables can now ensure 5 times more load bearing capacity.
Ball tables are used if delicate or heavy goods are to be transported in different directions and these may include items such as food products and goods in airports amongst others.
Equipped with the new high-performance polymer ball transfer units from igus, they ensure smooth and fast transport even at high loads. The ball transfer units are made of the high-performance plastic xirodur B180 which absorb loads of up to 500 N, are lubrication-free and maintenance-free. Stainless steel balls inside the roller also allows smooth running.
Although seemingly identical to metallic ball transfer units, igus units are lubrication-free and maintenance-free, thereby ensuring no lubricating grease can adhere to the goods. By using a plastic ball, the use of new rollers is particularly suitable when sensitive goods are to be transported. Another advantage compared to metal ball is that the ball transfer units can be used in any installation position, whether horizontal, vertical or overhead, which now also extends the field of application to the furniture industry.
The optimised polymer ball transfer units also have a new housing interior, so they can now take up to 5 times more load than before. The ball transfer units are currently available in 3 installation sizes and, depending on their size, withstand an axial load of 150 to 500 N. Due to their material, they are extremely abrasion-resistant, have a long service life and have an electrically insulating effect. The rollers are mounted by simply pressing into the housing. If the user wants to additionally secure the polymer ball transfer unit, igus offers a clamping ring for extra security. If required, using the glass balls inside the housing, the ball transfer units can be assembled on customer request individually as a completely metal-free and therefore non-magnetic solution. igus GmbH is a leading global manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings has an annual sales turnover exceeding Euros 690 million (US$772 million).
igus operates the largest test laboratories and factories in its sector to offer customers quick turnaround times on innovative products and solutions tailored to their needs.
 
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