The lifetime: Anything that rubs and slides is subject to wear and so limited lifetime. The pikchain®, too, doesn’t last for ever! The pikchain®-link slides within the guiding rails, the wear of the sliding runners depends on three main parameters:
Velocity, weight or pressure and the material of the friction partner.
igus® can’t determine the speed of your application or the pressure placed upon it, but we can choose the material of the friction partner. On one hand we have the hard ionized aluminium sliding rails and on the other hand we have the specialised plastic for plain bearings. Based on more than 40 years of experience and thousands of tests in our laboratory we are able to determine the best plastic for you application. The sliding components are a spare part and can be replaced quickly and easily in case of too much wear. This saves costs and time.