EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Igus® Inc. offers a maintenance-free alternative to re-circulating ball bearings and cumbersome, expensive linear guides. DryLin® linear bearings and guide systems are wear-resistant, self-lubricating, contamination and corrosion-free and have a low coefficient of friction.
Igus manufactures four styles of linear guide systems, including DryLin T, DryLin N, DryLin W and DryLin linear slide tables. DryLin T consists of a hard-anodized aluminum, T-shaped rail, an adjustable carriage made of clear-anodized aluminum and gliding elements made from igus’ iglide J polymer material blend, to form a lightweight unit. DryLin T can be used in both automation and material handling applications, and due to its corrosion-resistant, lubrication-free features, is ideal for food, medical and clean room technologies.
Some additional features of DryLin T include:
- a low rate of inertia for high accelerations and high speeds;
- adjustable clearance for a space-saving solution;
- extremely quiet operation; and
- the capacity to withstand high static loads in all directions for consistent performance under strenuous conditions.
DryLin N, a lightweight, low-profile linear guide system, is designed for both high-speed and short-travel applications. Plastic gliding elements run in an anodized aluminum rail, which enables maintenance-free operation. The guide system also boasts a small mounting height and width.
DryLin N delivers superior performance in many different applications, such as:
- medical devices;
- packaging machinery;
- material-handling devices; and
- test instruments.
DryLin W, the newest member of the DryLin suite of linear bearings, is available in multiple rail configurations and styles to provide more design options. This low-cost, extremely compact linear guide system can be found in automation, textile or machine tool applications. It is available as a combination of two supported round shafts in one profile, in a split rail configuration or with square rails.
DryLin W is an ideal solution when:
- a robust, corrosion-free and wear-resistant component is needed;
- space-restraints are an issue; and
- elements such as dirt or dust are present.
Like DryLin W, DryLin linear slide tables also are cost-effective. They are designed to last in applications where ball screws and slides fail, and are available in five styles with a number of accessory options. Drylin linear slide tables can be used in low-speed or hand-powered motor applications requiring precise movement and, because they are lubrication-free, DryLin slide tables are well suited for environments where oil or any type of lubrication would lead to contamination and erosion.
DryLin linear slide tables also:
- are resistant to both corrosion and chemicals;
- deliver a maintenance-free, dry-running performance; and
- are immune to contaminant build-up, which prevents shaft damage and failure.
In addition to its line of DryLin linear guide systems, igus also offers DryLin R linear bearings. DryLin R compensates for misalignment errors and is a weight-saving alternative to ball bearings. In applications where noise reduction is imperative, DryLin R is an ideal choice and can be used in conjunction with Drylin S aluminum shafting in underwater applications and where excessive amounts of dirt are present. DryLin R is available in plain, pillow block and flange styles.
All DryLin bearings and guide systems are lightweight, maintenance-free and corrosion-resistant. DryLin is part of the iglide suite of plastic bearings, which are available in more than 6,000 sizes and styles from stock.