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article image Igus DIN 71802 polymer ball and socket joints.

AVAILABLE with M5, M6, M8 and M10 threads, the new igus DIN 71802 polymer ball and socket joint from the igubal range, available from Treotham Trading , can be used as a 90° coupling element for pneumatic cylinders, gas struts and tie bars to compensate for misalignment.

A three-part design with a wear resistant iglidur polymer liner gives good service life. The product dampens micro vibration, keeps noise to a minimum, and allows rapid and simple installation. Low assembly forces allow simple manual fitting.

The retention forces are much higher than the joining forces and guarantee stability even in challenging applications.

The ball and socket joints are maintenance-free, and corrosion and wear resistant. Temperature fluctuation from -30°C to +80°C is no problem for ball and socket joints. A combination with metallic DIN parts (like rivet pins and threaded ball studs) is also attractive to designers.

Depending on the application, the inner liner may comprise one of 20 possible iglidur materials. Together with compact design this allows numerous applications.

The product be used in cases where chemical resistance or adherence to hygienic rules is required, as well as in the agricultural industry where the environment requires the joints to be maintenance free and insensitive to abrasion.

For example, tractors and precision sowing machines benefit from the tolerance to dirt and resistance to manure. The igubal ball and socket joints are also used in the throttle lever mechanism found in special purpose vehicles.

Costs and weight reduction, as well as corrosion resistance are major concerns in the rail industry, which is why a leading manufacturer of rail ventilators in Europe chose ball and socket joints from igus.

The igus company is the first manufacturer to put an entire bearing technology online so that a user simply clicks onto the web based service to receive a bearing life calculation. The only requirement is to enter some parameters of the application into the fields for the expert system to immediately calculate the expected lifetime.

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