Antibacterial material for medical applications

Igus has released a plain bearing material developed specifically for medical and laboratory applications. Called iglidur AB, igus claims that the material has undergone rigorous antimicrobial efficacy testing, which is the measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces.Results show that its antibacterial properties will help reduce bacterial contamination to users and patients and is self-lubricating and therefore maintenance-free.

“From pick & place equipment in the laboratory to mechanical joints on patient furniture, the areas of application for this new material are diverse,” says Robert Dumayne, director, igus. “As well as its antibacterial properties, iglidur AB brings two further advantages to the medical and laboratory industry – there is no risk of contamination by oil or grease and machinery and equipment can be cleaned safely, without the risk of washing away lubricants.”

Iglidur AB is said to offer resistance to chemicals, which enables bearings made of this material to withstand aggressive cleaning agents. In addition, a continuous application temperature range of -40 to 70°C is possible.