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Aviation: Equip aircraft and airports with long-lasting igus® plastics

Aviation means the transport of people and goods through the airspace. Aviation also includes non-airborne activities such as the operation of airports and any type of aircraft, as well as the navigation of pilots on the runway. Whether security check or monitoring of air traffic: security is always the focus of attention, especially at German airports and also internationally. Through years of research, the motion plastics manufacturer igus has come to focus on lubrication-free, durable and technically developed high-performance plastics. For special applications in the field of aeronautics, space and airport equipment, igus provides many products and systems that ensure maintenance-free operations.

New from April 2020

Worldwide 3D printing service

Worldwide 3D printing service

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Wear-resistant functional components, prototypes and replacement parts delivered within two to five days around the world

▼ Cost down

Lower shipping and product development costs due to local production and faster functional prototypes

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drylin polymer telescopic extension NTP27

First metal-free telescopic guide

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Lubrication-free, corrosion-resistant, quiet

64% weight savings compared to drylin NT-35 series

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Fast assembly in seconds

Cost-effective production in injection moulding

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iglidur K250 clip bearings

Clip bearings for e-coating processes

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High temperature resistance

Dimensionally stable

▼ Cost down

Quick assembly due to easy clipping in

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

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The advantages of igus products for the aviation industry:

  • Light and inexpensive due to plastic and aluminium
  • Materials approved for the aviation industry
  • Completely maintenance-free and without lubricants
  • Highly resistant to stress
  • Customised solutions possible

Airplane seat

Selected products for the aviation industry

Plastic solutions for airplane interiors & ground handling at airports

energy chains

E2 micro e-chain

  • Quiet, low abrasion & vibration-free
  • Highly stable and long-lasting
  • Long travels

chainflex cables for motion

chainflex cables in the overview

  • For extremely heavy-duty applications
  • Largest assortment with 1,354 cable types
  • 25 years experience - 36 month guarantee

igubal spherical bearings

igubal spherical bearings

  • Up to 40% more cost-effective than metal bearings
  • 80% lighter than metallic alternatives
  • Lubrication-free and therefore low-maintenance

iglidur plain bearings

iglidur plain bearings

  • Light and quiet
  • Resistant to dirt
  • Wide range of standard products

Individual special bearings

igus special bearings

  • Tailored to your own needs
  • Variety of wear-resistant materials
  • Lubrication and maintenance-free

Application examples of our customers

Passenger boarding bridges

The use of energy chains and highly flexible chainflex cables in the telescopic movement serves to bring the passenger boarding bridge to the aircraft. During the lifting movement, the e-chains are used to bring the passenger boarding bridge up to the height of the doors. The mechanical movement must run smoothly. Without passenger boarding bridges, entry into modern aircraft becomes difficult. With a boarding height of up to four metres above the ground, very high stairs would be necessary, making it complicated for older passengers to board, for example. The points where reliable and fail-safe igus products are used can be seen here:

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