How to avoid guide wear on drive chains

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Drives chains transmit mechanical power from one place to another a common industrial application is a conveyor. For these long runs, chain guides are used that are often made of Polypropylene or a similar low cost material. Wear problems that occur on these moving applications can be rectified quickly by means of stock plate made from high performance engineering plastics, such as iglidur.

In this week’s video, igus demonstrates a wear test that it is currently performing at its test facility in Cologne, Germany. Results show that the iglidur stock plate chain guide has a low coefficient of friction and is therefore significantly more wear resistant compared to traditional materials. As the stock plate is made of regular iglidur materials, igus online tools such as the lifetime calculator are also applicable.

Available immediately from stock, igus stock plate chain guides have the same qualities and properties as ‘from stock’ iglidur bearings. They are self-lubricating and maintenance free, and resistant to damage from dust and dirt.


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