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Marine technology ...

Lightweight, rustproof and cost-effective motion plastics® for shipbuilding

Tried and tested in numerous applications on the high seas: energy chain systems and plain bearings from igus® withstand the toughest environments. They are extremely reliable and fail-safe in shipyards, on deep sea crane ships and working vessels or shore power applications in ports.
Our solutions are:

Maintenance-free, self-lubricating

Strong, yet lighter than steel

Resistant to corrosion, seawater, chemicals and UV rays

Suitable for use in extreme temperatures

Easy installation, flexible, modular

With predictable service life

e-chains® and cables for shipbuilding

e-chain® E4-1  
Strong and maintenance-free

Almost all applications are possible with this e-chain®.

chainflex® cables  
Fail-safe cables

Worldwide No. 1 in terms of choice, testing and guarantee

Moving energy made easy

Ready-to-install e-chain systems® and harnessed cables

Rotary module  
For fast rotating applications

Integrated strain relief and cable guides in guide trough

twisterchain® technology  
Rugged, quiet, for high loads

energy chains for circular movements up to 540°. Quick cable replacement

twisterband HD  
Rotary movements in minimum space

Stable pin/hook connection for high load and long service life

Bearing technology for the shipbuilding

drylin® W ES  
Modular linear system

Combination of self-lubricating Tribo-polymers and corrosion-proof stainless steel

drylin® R ES  
Self-lubricating and corrosion-free

Round guide systems made of stainless steel and sliding elements made from Tribo-polymers

iglide® PRT ES  
Maintenance-free and easily installed

Rotary tables as stainless steel version V4A

DNV-GL certificate  
Certified reliability

403 Cable types with DNV GL certification

chainflex® guarantee  
Predictable reliability

Guarantee of 36 months or 10 million double strokes on all cables*

Online tools  
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Application examples

From the shipbuilding and offshore sector

Boat cranes

In contrast to metal and bronze bearings, the igus® bearings do not corrode due to their high-performance polymer structure and are for this reason the ideal choice for underwater application.

Boat cranes    

Underwater boring machine

This drill is used in extremely demanding offshore environments and uses continuous-flex cables from igus®

Underwater boring machine    

Ship loader

Wind and weather proof, energy chain cable carrier and chainflex® cables on a ship loader at the Baltic Sea port of Wismar.

Ship loader    

Flow distributor

igubal® plastic self-aligning bearings (including clevis joints) are used here because they are corrosion and water resistant, lubrication-free and low cost

Flow distributor    

Roller chains

iglide® plastic bushings in rust-proof roller chains on the high seas.

Roller chains    

Plastic Bushings in ship fittings

Plastic bushings iglide300® for ship fittings

Plastic Bushings in ship fittings    

Application examples Offshore

Successful applications with polymer products in the offshore industry

Application examples Offshore    
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Additional information

* Guaranteed for 36 months or 10 million double strokes (up to 5 million double strokes for cables in the chainflex® M line). Whichever comes first. The number of double strokes depends on the type of installation and cable quality. This is described in the current catalog, in the data sheets and in the service life calculator at