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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.


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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

Reliable navigation

This aircraft uses numerous iglidur plain bearings, which impress by their very low weight. Metallic bearings are out of the question as weight plays a major role in the air. Rotors and rudders have been equipped with lubrication-free bearings.


Reliable bearings thanks to iglidur

Easy to fit

In this glider, various cables for control instruments are ideally guided by an energy chain. Despite the small installation space, the e-chain offers space for further cables. A great advantage is the opening system of the chain, by which individual cables can be easily replaced.


High-performance glider

Safe guidance

Hydraulic work platforms in a hangar for an Airbus 380 have been fitted with igus e-chains. The problem is the high altitude, which makes the supply of energy and compressed air difficult. The energy chains in zig-zag shape remedy the situation and work safely over the entire travel.


Hydraulic lifter in airplane hangar

Six-stage telescopic crane for tanker

Before igus products were used in this application, hoses and cables were used without guidance on the vehicle. Energy chains, control cables and pneumatic hoses were used in order to approach the aircraft to be refuelled.


Airfield tanker vehicle

Multi Solution Gate: The world's first multipurpose system for defrosting, washing and testing aircraft. In use: igubal spherical bearings

 

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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Passenger boarding bridge with igus products  

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