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Self-lubricating and cleanroom-compatible plastic solutions for medical equipment

It is crucial that the components used in medical equipment be self-lubricating, cleanroom-compatible, media-resistant, corrosion-free and noise-dampening. igus® supplies plastic bearings and energy chains that encompass all of these properties. Self-lubricating bearings are used in X-ray robots, laboratory devices, patient chairs, hospital beds and prostheses, among others. Maintenance-free energy chains are also used to protect and guide cables in operating theater devices, rehabilitation systems, imaging diagnostic equipment and more.

Your advantages at a glance:

Self-lubricating and noise-dampeningt

Lean assembly: easy installation

Cleanroom compatible

Failsafe cables with warranty

Integrated intelligence (smart plastics)

Strong and flexible

Low cost automation and robotics

High degree of safety and reliability in small installation spaces

No kinking or curling of supply cables during pendular movements with igus® energy chains.

Plastic solutions for medical equipment

Medical bed

Medical furnishings

Frame adjustment mechanisms, electric and hydraulic actuators for adjusting functions.

dental equipment

Dental equipment

Dental X-ray systems, storage surfaces and device holders, movement of treatment units.

Surgery equipment and devices

Surgery equipment and devices

Lamps, moveable device holders, comfort seating systems and mobile/stationary eye-testing devices.



Scissor-type mechanisms, adjustable trays or chassis components.

Operating theater

Operating theater

Tables, lamps, plug-in devices and monitor carriers.

Prostheses & ortheses

Prostheses & ortheses

Hand prostheses, prosthesis joints and arm prostheses.

Application examples of our customers

twisterchain in robots

Safe and reliable guidance of cables when they have to move in small circles

Energy chains from the twisterchain series are used in the X-ray robots at the Buck Engineering & Consulting company in Germany. twisterchain enables safe and reliable cable guidance in the case of rotations up to 540º.

MRI applications

Non-magnetic components for MRI applications

iglide® H1 bearings, linear technology and leadscrew technology are used in MRI machines as they are not ferromagnetic and are impervious to methods of cleaning and sterilisation.

medical couch

Make bearing points wear resistant and cost-effective

iglide® G300 bearing are extremely robust and withstand frequent adjustments of the couch without any problems occurring. Due to their material composition, they do not require external lubrication and are also corrosion-free and maintenance-free.

medical bearings

Costs lowered by 93% and assembly time shortened

Metal bearings with stainless-steel shafts used for this decanter centrifuge led to high costs incurred due to material wear, maintenance and external lubrication. After iglide® bearings were installed, the manufacturer was able to reduce the costs by 93% and shorten the assembly time by 10 minutes.

Tested for cleanroom compatibility and wear resistance

medical test

Test: Cleanroom compatibility

medical test

Test: Pivoting wear rate

Products frequently used in medical, laboratory and rehabilitation technology

E2 mini

E2 mini

Easy to fit

Small pitch for silent operation

High torsional resistance

Diverse means of interior separation

Measuring system cable


No unscheduled downtimes

36 month guarantee

Oil resistant (acc. to DIN EN 50363-10-2)

Plain bearing iglide® G1

iglide G1

Two times longer service life at high loads

Long-term service temperature +356ºF

50% less moisture absorption

Pressfit up to +248ºF

Bar stock iglide® A350

Bar stock

Operating temperature up to +356ºF

Compliant with FDA standards

For medium to high loads

Self-lubricating and maintenance-free

Lead screw technology

Medical dryspin

Lower costs by up to 40%

Media resistant

Quiet adm vibration dampening due to the radius tooth design

Service life can be calculated online

drylin® linear guides

drylin W

Self-lubricating and maintenance free



Clean & hygienic

Plastic ball bearings

xiros B180

Save money and installation space



Self-lubricating and 60% lighter

3D printing service


Configure gear wheels online

Simple, fast & cost-effective

High wear resistance

Ready in 1 to 3 days

robolink® modular kit


Build or buy low-cost robots

Combination of robolink® joints and motors is possible

Modular approach

Low cost

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