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Northampton NN4 7PW

+44 1604 677240
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Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

igus® test laboratory

Proven, predictable, tested

Tech up, cost down - at igus we manufacture our materials and products according to this motto. These offer you a long service life, which extends the operating time of your machines and applications, eliminates maintenance work and reduces costs. Our engineers consider workpiece quality and safety (that is, workpiece resilience and service life) as important criteria in development. Every igus product is tested thoroughly before it is made available for sale. To this end, we have been operating our own test laboratory since 1985. It's not only the industry's largest test laboratory for tribopolymers in terms of area, but it also conducts the highest number of product tests and test procedures.

Long life guaranteed

What is tested?

Our facilities for testing applications and materials cover a total of 3,800m². Every business sector has its own test laboratory, and we test some product areas together. For example, 1,500m² is dedicated to testing chainflex cables in our own energy chains. For especially long travels, 2,000m² of outdoor space is available. iglidur plain bearings, drylin linear bearings, and our Low Cost Automation components are tested in an area of over 300m². The latter partly under real conditions in quality assurance.

To be able to develop new cleanroom-compatible products more quickly, we operate our own cleanroom laboratory with an ISO Class 1 cleanroom system in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPA. An outdoor testing area, a laboratory for noise tests and the climatic chamber with -40°C complete our test area. To achieve maximum realistic conditions, we also test customer applications and conduct industry tests.

What happens to the test data?

Use of testing data does not stop after development. We have been developing innovative online tools since 2001 and sensor-based smart plastics since 2016, which are based on the data of our test laboratory results. With these tools, the economic efficiency and safety of our products can be determined quickly and very easily online around the clock. This means a high degree of transparency for our customers and enables them to find the most cost-effective, functioning solution to their problem. More than 40 tools are available to you free of charge, including:
Test in the test laboratory and igus online tool
Long travel outdoor test
Dr.-Ing. Ralf Selzer, Head of Research and Development of plain bearings at igus

How many tests are conducted in the test laboratory?

Annually, a large number of tests and material examinations are conducted at the numerous test facilities:

  • Out of over 15,000 tests, around 4,000 for e-chains and chainflex and around 11,000 for dry-tech (rotating, pivoting, linear, tumbling, heated, under   water, and so on.)
  • 450 test rigs for bearings
  • 10 billion e-chain cycles
  • 3,500 tested cables
  • 400 customer-specific examinations

What are tribo-polymers?

Tribology is the science of friction and wear. Tribologically optimised plastics are those that exhibit minimal friction behaviour and low wear rates. Base polymers, solid lubricants and reinforcements are combined in our dry-tech products in such a way that the bearings, unlike those made of metal, do not require additional lubrication, all desired characteristics are met and only the slightest friction, heat generation and abrasion occur." - Dr.-Ing. Ralf Selzer, Head of Research and Development of plain bearings

Tribology is the core of our motion plastics

The use of wear-resistant materials and maintenance-free components not only saves money but also reduces the risk of wear-related equipment failure or extensive maintenance work. igus has acquired considerable know-how in tribology and a large amount of data in the test laboratory – the best conditions for all mechanical engineers. The reason: machines today are often fully utilised in three-shift operation. In the light of the growing challenges, searching for the tribologically optimised component is time well spent for every mechanical engineer.  

The different areas of the igus test laboratory

e-chains energy supplies

Energy chains test rig

robolink Low Cost Automation

robolink test rig

... according to application area

The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "igutex", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH