The application was a laboratory 'rocking' piece of equipment and a 'reciprocating' shaker used for mixing or agitating vessels containing different types of chemical substances. The original design used a metal link arm housing two bronze sintered bearings to link the motor drive and the moving platform. This was difficult to align on assembly and had to be in exactly the right position. It was also expensive. igus® bearings were a 'godsend'. Not only were they cheaper to purchase than the metal links, but they were 'self-aligning' on assembly, which also took labour cost out. The production operatives are much happier. The cost has been significantly reduced, without affecting quality."
New Product Design Engineer
Barloworld Scientific Ltd.