Igus bearings help showroom to stay cool
Iglidur polymer plain bearings
High-performance maintenance-free bearings from Igus are playing an essential role in a novel variable-geometry facade developed by FKN for use in a car sales showroom.
The facade was required to maximise a shop-window effect by providing passers-by with a clear view into the showroom, while also minimising heat build up inside during the summer months.
FKN developed a facade comprising glass elements - known as lamellae - that would pivot in hot weather to provide ventilation for the building.
Excessive heat build up in the showroom was eliminated without the need for a powerful air-conditioning system.
The use of conventional metal profile frames for the lamellae was ruled out, as the end client wanted the showroom to have a high-impact minimalist appearance.
FKN needed to find suitable bearings for use in the drives that would control the position of the glass lamellae.
Engineers concluded that iglidur bearings from Igus were the most suitable choice.
Originally developed for machine and plant applications, these bearings are manufactured from high-performance polymers and also offer significant benefits in architectural engineering.
They require no lubrication and are virtually maintenance free.
They are unaffected by the accumulation of dirt and resistant to corrosion and even with high loads, they provide consistent low-friction operation.
Iglidur polymer plain bearings are an advantageous and cost effective alternative to bronze, metal-backed and custom injection-moulded bearings.
Plain bearings manufactured from iglidur G are used for all of the facade drives in the FKN car showroom project.
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