Mould-resistant igus polymer plain bearings for cleaner air

The lubrication-free iglidur plain bearings available from
Treotham are made of high-performance plastics and can effectively resist fungi
and bacteria. The mould-resistant properties of igus’ polymer plain bearings make
them suitable for use in ventilation applications in the building, vehicle and
aircraft industries by ensuring clean air.

Mould is a serious health hazard in building, vehicle
and aircraft applications. Mould prevention begins with employing the right
ventilation technology that uses mould-resistant components. igus had its
materials tested for mould growth with the results showing all plain bearings were
resistant to fungi and bacteria.

When mould develops in the ventilation systems of closed
spaces, vehicles or buildings, the mould spores are permanently distributed in
the air and can easily get into the respiratory tract. To avoid this risk,
designers rely on machine elements that are resistant to mould. The
high-performance plastics from Treotham meet these requirements.

In a laboratory test, seven iglidur materials were
tested for the effect of microorganisms in accordance with DIN EN ISA 846
method A. This test examined the resistance of the materials to fungi and
bacteria; after all, plastics can be used by microorganisms as a source of food
and can be changed by the metabolic products of the bacteria. For the test, the
plain bearings were stored in a special culture for four weeks at 29 degrees
Celsius. No alteration was found on the tested materials, nor was there a case
of mildew.

Multiple
uses in ventilation technology

The mould-resistant, lubrication-free and
maintenance-free plain bearings are used in aircraft seat and arm adjustments as
well as for the storage of onboard kitchen equipment and luggage lockers.

In building technology, plain bearings made of iglidur
materials can be found, for example, in ventilators and air damper regulators,
which also benefit from the corrosion-free nature of the plastic bearings.
Highly insensitive to dirt, the polymer bearings are easy to clean and
resistant to temperature, media and chemicals.

The service life of iglidur bearings can also be
easily determined online with the service life calculator.

For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.

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