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Maintenance-free for quiet, continuous
operation in vending machines

The possible uses of automatic machines have become more diverse and with increasing mechanisation, many more innovations can be expected. Vending machines, for example, are no longer merely used to sell things, they also serve as advertising surfaces and can gather user data for monitoring purposes. They have long been a part of everyday life and, in most cases, are hardly noticeable any more. Above all when they work reliably and without problems. Bearings and gears in payment systems, shelves that can be pulled out with linear guides, electric linear systems that move scanners or product dispensers, energy chains that carry cables: all these components are expected to meet high requirements with regard not only to their performance but also to their design and they are often in use around the clock. Our maintenance-free, high-performance polymers ensure that vending machines, which are expected to work autonomously, are not permanently dependent on maintenance assistance from us human beings.

Benefits of igus products:

  • Maintenance-free
  • Cost-effective
  • Save installation space and weight
  • Easy assembly
  • Complete systems or individual components from batch size 1
  • Service life calculation
  • Low noise and low vibration

Vending machines

Linear and plain bearing technology, energy chains, gears, and gearbox solutions for maintenance-free, durable, cost-effective vending machines.
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Automation solutions in the catering industry

Robotics solutions, bearing technology, and e-chains for fast, maintenance-free, economical automation of services in restaurants and cafés.
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Lubrication-free, low-maintenance, durable
components in coffee machines
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Coffee machine

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Continuously expandable drive axis
Rust-proof angular gearbox with lightweight housing
SCARA robot with four degrees of freedom

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Free samples – as a box or individually for your application

See for yourself the quality of our motion plastics
  • Order a free motion plastics sample box with our most important products and information about various vending machine applications.
  • The box is not specific enough? We will find the right product for your application and send you an individual sample free of charge.
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Selected motion plastics for the vending machine industry

E2 micro e-chain

E2 micro e-chains

For the smallest of installation spaces

UL94-V2 (optional V0)

Stable, light and quiet

chainflex CF130.UL & CF140.UL cables

chainflex CF130.UL & CF140.UL

PVC outer jacket (CF140 shielded)

For medium-duty applications


drylin E linear robots

drylin E linear robots

Fast assembly

Defined stroke length

Everything from one source

drylin E electric linear axis and linear drive with motor

drylin E single axes with a motor

Easy installation

Proximity switch mounting by means of T slot

Everything from one source, readily assembled and tested

drylin N low-profile linear guides

drylin N low-profile linear guides

Very lightweight

Low installation height 6-12mm

Numerous carriage options

drylin lead screw technology with dryspin technology

drylin lead screw technology

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

Low noise and low vibration


Successful in use in vending machine technology

Little RoboEatz kitchen area

Lubrication- and maintenance-free components for the autonomous robo kitchen

Healthy fast food prepared and served by a cooking robot: for their autonomous robo kitchen, the designers at the Canadian start-up RoboEatz were looking for components that are suitable for food processing and as cost-saving as they are durable and low-maintenance. Energy supply systems, various bearings and drive components from igus are the perfect solution here...
sec°mat ice cream vending machine

Durable and low-maintenance: Apiro gearbox solution in an ice cream vending machine

The sec°mat IC One, made by Bochum-based Seco Manufaktur, turns the serving of ice cream and the sales process into an event. Modular Apiro robot kinematics not only ensure long-lasting, low-maintenance operation of the vending machine, but also that special wow effect for users ...
Various customer projects from vending machinery

... other success stories

Drive systems and energy supply systems in bar robots, linear robots in WC cassette cleaning machines, and guide systems in coffee machines: Discover more applications from our customers in the vending machine industry, where our motion plastics are demonstrating their advantages.
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Tested in the test laboratory for use in the real world

All products are tested for wear and load capacity under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. The results are incorporated into our service life calculation tools and allow exact durability predictions.

Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely customised conditions.

The huge motion plastics sample box

Trying things out made easy: with the igus corner, you always have the most recent motion plastics suited to your individual industry sector at hand. 
We will bring the display to you, assemble it upon request and fill the compartments with the products of your choice. Or you can set it up yourself. As a permanent exhibition or for a limited period of time.
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What are the most important regulations for food sector vending machine manufacturers? How can installation space be saved in the face of a growing product range? The igus blog features interesting articles on vending machine technology.
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