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Machine elements made of plastic for car wash systems

Car owners know the problem if the car is dirty. Dirt sticks and it looks ugly. There is no way around washing the vehicle. This is where car washes come into play. They are there to clean vehicles such as lorries, cars, buses or even trains. As a rule, a distinction is made between car washes, self-service car washes and gantry car washes. In car washes, the car passes through a conveyor belt through various stages of cleaning. Customers do not have to leave the car. On the other hand, there are car washes in which the car wash is done manually. Here the vehicles are cleaned by high-pressure cleaners and foam brushes. The third form of car wash is the gantry car wash. The car is left standing after driving the car into the car wash. The cleaning process starts and brushes do the cleaning fully automatically. In order to meet the ever-increasing demands on modern washing systems, the motion plastics specialist igus helps to increase the service life of your systems with maintenance-free and self-lubricating high-performance plastics while reducing costs.

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New products in 2021

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Chain opener for the E2.1 series

▲ Tech up
  • Quick opening of longer e-chain pieces without great effort
  • Versatile assembly tools for the E2.1 series
▼ Cost down
  • Opening time reduced by a factor of 16 (from 33 to 2 seconds for a 1m chain)
  • Fast return on investment

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Servo cable series suitable for Fanuc drives

CFX clamps with stacker saddles for pneumatic hoses

Own robot kinematics through fully integrated individual joints

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The advantages of igus technology for car washes at a glance:

Gantry washing system

Selected products for washing systems

igubal spherical bearings

igubal spherical bearings

  • Resistant to dust and dirt
  • 80% lighter than metallic alternatives
  • Self-lubricating and low maintenance

drylin linear guides

drylin linear guides

  • Corrosion-free
  • Dirt-resistant
  • Lightweight and robust

xiros ball bearings

xiros ball bearings

  • Temperature-resistant from -40 to +80°C
  • Tough and corrosion-resistant
  • Light and low-maintenance

energy chains

E4 energy chain

  • Low abrasion, vibration-free and highly stable
  • Suitable for confined installation spaces
  • Suitable for long travels.

Harnessed readychain systems


  • Reduction of manufacturing costs
  • Logistics effort kept to a minimum
  • Reduce assembly time

chainflex cables for motion

chainflex cables in the overview

  • Calculable and predictable service life
  • Available from stock, from 1m length
  • Cables for all types of motion

Application examples of our customers

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Tribo-polymers developed for dry operation: the dry-tech test laboratory

Further information

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