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Lubrication-free, cleanroom-compatible polymer solutions for medical equipment

Lubrication-free, cleanroom-compatible, media-resistant, corrosion-free, quiet – these are crucial criteria for medical equipment components. igus polymer bearings and energy chains possess these properties exactly. Lubrication-free bearings are used in X-ray robots, laboratory devices, patient chairs, hospital beds and prostheses, amongst other things. Maintenance-free energy chains are used for the protection and guidance of cables, e.g. in operating theatre devices, rehabilitation systems and imaging diagnostic equipment.

Advantages of the igus® solutions:

  • Cost-effective
  • Save installation space and weight
  • Maintenance-free for 24/7 use
  • Fast delivery
  • Easy assembly
  • Complete system or individual components from batch size 1
  • Service life calculation
  • Low noise and low vibration

motion plastics innovations 2020:
8 highlights in a 4-minute video

Innovations for medical technology

Tech up, cost down: this is the goal of new types of e-chains, new cables, new isense measuring and monitoring systems, specially designed for the needs of medical technology.
You can find more information on these and further product innovations at our 400m2 trade show stand. You can either explore it virtually on your own or together with our industry expert. Make an appointment now for a guided virtual tour with individual consultation:

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e-skin flat single pods

Install and remove cables within minutes

Cleanroom e-skin flat cables now as individual connectable profiles

▲ Tech up

Individual connectable profiles as required, can  be opened with a zipper

Optional with e-skin® flat, support chain for higher unsupported length

▼ Cost down

Openability leads to fast cable filling and short installation time

No minimum order quantity

More information about e-skin flat single pods

Threads in laboratory and medical technology

Tech up & cost down

▲ Tech up: freedom from lubrication and maintenance for hygiene sensitive areas
▼Cost down: up to 25% less wear and up to 30% longer service life due to thread asymmetry

Discover here

Diagram of automated resuscitation bags

Quick free samples and support

For the development of automated resuscitation bags

Due to the acute need for respirators worldwide and the development of new solutions for automating resuscitation bags (Ambu bags): igus quickly delivers free samples, components and further support.
We will also be pleased to answer your questions about the technology and function of these applications with our specialists.

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Advantages of our products at a glance


Lubrication-free and quiet

Lean assembly: extremely easy installation

High degree of safety and reliability in small installation spaces


Tested wear resistance

Predictable service life

Integrated intelligence ()

Failsafe cables with warranty

Low cost automation and robotics

Plastic solutions for medical equipment

Medical furnishings

Medical furnishings

Frame adjustment mechanisms, electric and hydraulic actuators for adjusting functions.

Dental equipment

Dental equipment

Dental X-ray systems, storage surfaces and device holders, movement of treatment units.

Surgery equipment and devices

Surgery equipment and devices

Lamps, moveable device holders, comfort seating systems and mobile/stationary eye-testing devices.



Scissor-type mechanisms, adjustable trays or chassis components.

Operating theatre

Operating theatre

Tables, lamps, plug-in devices and monitor carriers.

Prostheses & ortheses

Prostheses & ortheses

Hand prostheses, prosthesis joints and arm prostheses.

Customer application examples

Products frequently used in medical, laboratory and rehabilitation technology

E2 mini

E2 mini

Easy to fit

Small pitch for silent operation

High torsional resistance

Diverse means of interior separation

Measuring system cable

chainflex® CF11.D

No unscheduled downtimes

36 month guarantee

Oil resistance: oil-resistant (acc. to DIN EN 50363-10-2)

Plain bearing iglidur® G1

Plain bearing iglidur® G1

Two times longer service life at high loads.

Long-term service temperature +180°C

50% less moisture absorption

Pressfit up to +120°C

bar stock iglidur® A350

Bar stocks

Operating temperature up to +180 °C

Comply with the requirements of the FDA

For medium to high loads

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

Lead screw technology

Lead screw technology

Lower costs by up to 40%


The radius tooth design ensures quiet, low-vibration running

Service life can be calculated online

drylin® linear guides

drylin linear technology

Lubrication and maintenance-free



Lubrication & maintenance free

Plastic ball bearings

xiros® plastic ball bearings

Save money and installation space



Lubrication-free and 60% lighter

3D printing service

Configure gears

Configure gear wheels online

Simple, fast & cost-effective

High wear resistance

Ready in 1 to 3 days

robolink® modular kit

robolink® modular kit

Build or buy low-cost robots

Combination of robolink® joints and motors is possible

Modular approach

Low cost

Medical equipment white paper

Whitepaper: Automated pipetting equipment

Innovative plastic technology in modern analytics

Taking account of the specific requirements regarding medical equipment, precision and hygiene, on the one hand, and general economic aspects, productivity and the pressure of costs, on the other, manufacturers of medical equipment are always on the lookout for materials and solutions that they can use to make the very best dosing systems for their customers' wishes, which are becoming more and more complex. Polymer bearings from igus have crucial advantages that enable a reduction of weight, costs and the necessary installation space ...

Medical box

Order the free medical sample box!

Test our energy supply systems and bearing technology for medical equipment yourself; they improve the performance of your equipment and lower costs at the same time.

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Prostheses & orthoses

For 95% less wear.

Sports, fitness & rehab

Light, low noise and lubrication-free adjustment.