Antistatic material for ESD-compatible applications

Igus has introduced a universal plain bearing material that is said to help prevent the build-up of electrostatic charges.Being electrically conductive, any electrostatic charge is safely discharged avoiding sparking, and like all other iglidur materials, the bearings are self-lubricating and require no maintenance.

The ESD-compatible iglidur F2 plain bearings are suitable for use in wet conditions, in addition to numerous applications including material handling, automation and electronics manufacturing.

Iglidur F2 plain bearings are claimed to demonstrate good wear and media resistance, and can operate over a temperature range of -40 to 120°C, with short term use at 165°C.The maximum moisture absorption is 0.2% at 23°C and 50%RH.The bearings are also said to feature a resistance to chemicals and most lubricants.

The universal bearings are currently available in two types, a cylindrical sleeve and with a flange, with six standard internal diameters and lengths ranging from 6 to 20mm.Other standard sizes can be requested.