Igus (East Providence, RI) has expanded its wide range of iglide plastic bar stock by no less than four materials; among them two for the food sector: the heat-resistant material iglide AC500 and the resilient material iglide A250. The extremely hard-wearing material iglide H3 and the particularly wear-resistant endurance material iglide E complete the product range. This makes it possible to mill and turn lubrication and maintenance free prototypes and special components for a wide variety of applications.
For the production of special bushings, rollers and other sliding elements that come into contact with food, igus has developed iglide AC500 – an FDA-compliant high-temperature material for the food industry that withstands extreme temperatures of up to 250°C (482°F). Thus, components made of AC500 are suitable, among other things, for sliding elements in baking lines. When a plain bearing made of AC500 rotates on a high-grade stainless-steel shaft, wear is only 0.16 micrometers per kilometer, as tests in the in-house test laboratory showed. In addition, the material has exceptionally high chemical resistance, so that it reliably withstands cleaning agents common to the food industry. Lubrication is not necessary in this case. A double advantage, as the risk of contamination and the maintenance effort are reduced.