Acetal Transport Chain on LubX C Track
[ NOTE: click any photo to enlarge ]
GENERAL DESCRIPTIONLubX®C is a specially-formulated engineering plastic that is a blend of UHMW Polyethylene with added solid lubricants to reduce friction. Polyethylenes are semi-crystalline materials with excellent chemical resistance, good fatigue and wear resistance. They offer good resistance to organic solvents, degreasing agents and electrolytic attack. They have high impact strength, are light in weight, resistant to staining, and have low moisture absorption rates.
LUBX®C PROPERTIESLubX®C is an engineering plastic material that provides all of the physical properties of UHMW, but has been modified to provide additional lubrication for material-handling and automation applications, especially where FDA compliance is required. LubX C was designed specifically for conveying and material handling applications by Röchling Engineering Plastics with a proprietary blend of dry-running lubricants. This material is available in molded sheet form in 1/4" to 4" thicknesses and is BLUE-GRAY in color.
NOTE: LubX C is also available in rod and extruded profile shapes. Contact us for more information about special pricing and availability.
The important mechanical, thermal and chemical resistance properties remain unchanged in comparison to standard UHMW Polyethylene. This engineering plastic is machinable and has good dimensional stability for tracks, slides and guides. LUBX C complies with FDA regulations concerning direct contact with food.
LUBX®C MATERIAL DEVELOPMENTLubX C has outstanding dry-running properties. Compared with conventional sliding materials, conveying systems equipped with LubX® C need considerably less energy. The comparatively lower coefficient of friction of LubX C eliminates the possibility of the slip-stick effect (back sliding) almost completely and thus increases process stability.
In the development of LubX C, great care has not only been taken to minimize the coefficient of friction of the sliding materials, but also to consider the tribological system of the sliding partners in an integrated manner. The individual motion and transport segments of different conveying systems were analyzed, and the relative movements of the elements and the frictional forces arising at the points of contact were examined. Energy-savings may also be seen when utilizing LubX C components. With optimized sliding properties in conveying processes, the conveying power required –- and thus the energy applied –- may be reduced to a minimum.
LubX C offers several key advantages over other materials used in material-handling and automation systems:
Coefficient of friction up to 75% less than standard UHMW-PE Outstanding dry-running properties
Energy saving FDA Compliant Noise reducing Eliminates the slip-stick effect (back-sliding)
EXAMPLE LUBX®C APPLICATIONS
LubX C is an excellent material for the following material-handling, food & beverage processing, automation, and other FDA-approved applications:
Corner Tracks Turns and Curves Wear Strips Chain Guides Conveyor Parts Friction Reduction Guide Wheels
( see also Standard Polyethylene Specifications for comparison )
TYPICAL PROPERTIES of LUBX® C LOW-FRICTION UHMW
|ISO / DIN test||Property||LubX® C|
|ISO 1183-1||Density (lb/in³)
|ISO 62||Water Absorption, 24 hrs (%)||<0.01|
|ISO 50||Tensile Strength (psi)||2,900|
|ISO 50||Tensile Modulus (psi)||94,000|
|ISO 868||Hardness, Shore D||D60|
|ISO 179||Impact Strength (ft-lb/in)||No Break|
|DIN 53575||Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion
(x 10-5 in./in./°F)
|Average||Max Operating Temp (°F / °C)
266 / 130
176 / 80
|-||Approx. Melting Temperature (°F / °C)||270 / 134|
NOTE: see Standard Polyethylene Properties Datasheet for more information
NOTE: The information contained herein are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers' complete material property datasheets.LUBX C is a registered trademark of Röchling Engineering Plastics.
All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.