Plastics For Longer Life®
igus has been manufacturing engineered plastics for more than 50 years, and develops each of the engineered plastic materials and all technology behind its products. A family developed and owned company, igus is committed to using its innovative materials to develop products to provide creative solutions, and exceed customer expectations while delivering fast, accurate service.
Our business is centered around four main product lines that focus on the idea of “motion plastics.” igus’ lines of energy chain cable carrier systems, chainflex flexible motion cables, iglide self-lubricating bearings, and drylin linear bearings and guides, all utilize igus’ own proprietary plastic materials, and are extensively tested at what is possibly the world’s largest plastic components test laboratory in Germany. Data from these tests are compiled into online tools and calculators to help customers to specify the best material and part for their specific application, as well as provide accurate service life calculators based on use in real-world applications and environments.
With over 28,000 products available from stock in our Rhode Island warehouse facility, we are able to provide customers with the components they need extremely quickly and efficiently.
Our lean processes and components inventory enables up to 97 percent of orders to be shipped within 24 hours.
Our team of sales engineers is available from 8 AM to 5 PM, coast to coast, with a dedicated team of technical sales experts located across North America for quick on-site assistance or installation and engineering services. Complimentary online CAD files, extensive free product samples, and a range of online tools and lifetime calculators also separate igus from its competitors.
In addition to providing customers with reliable, high-performance products and superior customer support and service, igus also believes in the importance of fostering the mechanical design ideas of students. Through the YES (Young Engineers Support) Program, igus donates free products to robotic competitions, schools, and students worldwide. igus executive leadership, sales, finance, and marketing operations are all involved with the YES Program, which benefits students and organizations including FIRST® Robotics, BEST™ Robotics, Botball®, The SAE Collegiate Design Series, many more. Through our partnership with FIRST® Robotics alone, igus is able to help more than 100,000 students each year through product donations.
iglide® self-lubricating plastic bearings are maintenance-free, cost-effective and long-lasting. A range of bearing materials is available to suit virtually any application requirement. Resistance to abrasion, wear and chemicals is
provided, as well as up to a 40% reduction in costs. Online tools are available for configuration and service life calculation.
drylin® linear systems are engineered to slide, unlike recirculating ball bearing guides that roll. The self-lubricating guides, gantries and lead screws are resistant to corrosion, shocks and dirt. The new low cost drylin®
delta robot is for automated pick and place tasks, with a pick rate of 60/minute.
chainflex® flexible cables are available from stock, in any quantity, with no minimum length requirement. They are guaranteed to last for 36 months and fulfill various industry standards and certifications. More than 1,200
cables are available as control, data, Ethernet, fiber optic, bus, measuring system, servo, hybrid, motor and robot.
energy chain® cable carriers are referred to as the lifeline of modern machines. They guide and protect moving cables and hoses in a range of automated applications. Multi-axis systems for robots, and chains with sensors that alert when repair is necessary are offered (smart plastics). Pre-harnessed systems are also available.
igus® develops industry leading plastic plain, spherical, and ball bearings, linear bearings and guides, cable carrier systems, and guaranteed continuous-flex cables.
These seemingly unrelated products are all linked in a belief of making technically advanced, yet affordable components and assemblies for almost any moving application. With more than 50 years of research and development, igus is able to provide the right solution for your application based on a massive range of tested, reliable components from stock with the ability to ship as early as same-day.
igus works with all customers to find the best, most cost-effective solution for all applications via online chat, phone, email, or on site. Online tools and lifetime calculation, cable harnessing, custom component manufacturing, prototyping, and testing available.