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igus® test laboratory

Research in an area of 3,800m²

In 1985, the igus test laboratory was called into being in order to rigorously test the company's own products. Every igus product is tested thoroughly before it is put on sale. More than 15,000 tests are performed. Covering an area of 3,800m², it is the largest of its kind for tribo-polymers in the industry. Many wishes and dreams of our customers make a start here and we try these ideas out until they are ready to be implemented in the form of a product.

dry-tech test laboratory

A glimpse into the igus test laboratory

    Bearing technology test laboratory
    • 135 trillion test movements per year
    • 11,300 tribological tests on more than 50 testing machines
    • approx. 400 customer-specific investigations
    Energy chain test laboratory
    • 4,100 tests on more than 60 testing machines
    • 7,512 findings added to the electronic database
    • Long-term durability 10 billion e-chain® cycles per year in the e-chains® and chainflex® laboratory
    Cable test laboratory
    • 2.0 billion test strokes per year
    • 1,561 production monitoring tests per year
    • 58 testing machines
    • Up to 1.4 million electrical measurements during tests

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    Test results improve our online tools

    Since 2001, we have been developing innovative online tools based on the database of our test lab results. With these online tools, the economic efficiency and safety of our products can be determined quickly and very easily online all round the clock. This means a high degree of transparency for our customers and enables them to find the most cost-effective, functioning solution for their problem.  

    • More than 40 free online tools 
    • Online service life calculator for all products apart from new ones
    • Configuring products individually
    • More than 50 different iglidur materials for nearly any service life and application
    • Reliable data 

    "Every product goes through our hands."

    "No two days are the same in the test laboratory. Here, we test everything that igus produces. There are also requests from customers who would like to know whether they can use our products and materials in their applications. The knowledge gained from these customer-specific investigations goes into development and a new product often arises from a customer's problem. Every product and every material goes through our hands and is tested and examined thoroughly. The results are recorded in a database and are then used by our numerous online tools, where they, in turn, benefit our customers. " 
    Dr.-Ing. Ralf Selzer, Head of Research and Development

    Dr. Ralf Selzer, Head of Research and Development

    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 3-shift operation. In the light of the growing challenges, searching for the tribologically optimised component is time well spent for every mechanical engineer.