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Countless design options on the basis of the drylin® W linear guide construction kit

Glides instead of rolling! Lubricant-free through dry-tech® polymers

igus® linear guides are made from maintenance-free, e.g. self-lubricating high-performance plastics. The lubricant is incorporated into the bearing material, rendering the bearing materials suitable for dry-running conditions, e.g. they are maintenance-free for the entire length of their service life. By eliminating lubricants, igus® linear systems are

Modular system

 

Use the technical product advantages of our maintenance-free drylin® W linear construction kit:

1.1. Resistant against dirt, dust, moisture absorption

Particles are repelled from the contact surface by the movement.

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Resistant against dirt, dust, moisture absorption  
Dry run, without lubrication

drylin® linear bearing systems are designed for dry-running. All applications are therefore protected against contamination with grease or oil. Even the application under coarse dirt and sand is possible.

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Insensitivity to dirt

Dirtparticles are repelled from the contact surface by the movement itself. Here the front side of the gliders works like a wiper. The contact surface remains clean.

Application example

 
Concrete cutting machine

Previously, bushing contamination would regularly result in blockages, even breaking the shaft. Thanks to drylin®, the machine now operates completely free of malfunctions.

1.2. Low noise

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Quiet and smooth  
Quiet

The operating noise is also greatly reduced by switching the operating principle from rolling to gliding. There is no mechanical rolling up of hard gliding partner and no ball collisions that cause loud noises.

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Low noise

The gliding motion is extremely low noise and only a light friction noise is audible.

Application example

 
Elevator system

Despite its relatively high travel speed, the elevator moves with very low noise. The smooth and quite running led to the use of drylin®.

1.3. Clean and hygienic

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Quiet and smooth  
Clean and hygenic

The dry-running properties of iglidur® plain bearings are not only advantageous in contaminated environments. The absence of lubrication is also an important criterion in applications with elevated requirements for hygiene and purity.

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clear room applicable

The tested drylin® guides reveal a distinct applicability for cleanrooms. The following drylin® guides from igus® were tested: N40, W10, T25 and T30.

Application example

 
Blister machine feeding system

Specific advantages of the drylin® W linear guide system are the low installation height, the absence of lubricants and the certification for cleanroom applications by the Fraunhofer Institute.

1.4. Resistant to corrosion

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Corrosion behavior  
Resistant to corrosion and media resistant

All iglidur® plastic plain bearings are by their nature corrosion-free. There are also special purpose materials, which can be used against caustic solutions, acids, cleaning agents, etc., and, due to their media resistance, can be used even under the most adverse conditions. - The product range also has special purpose materials for permanent use in submerged conditions.

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Resistant to corrosion and media resistant  
Corrosion-free unit

The resistance of linear bearing systems is equally dependent on the counter partner. The igus® construction kit can be delivered complete as a corrosion-free unit made from stainless steel.

Application example

 
Leather splitting machine

In the development of the machine, the responsible engineering firm Dr. Dorstewitz decided on the comprehensive use of polymer plain bearings, which reliably operate under these rough environmental conditions. In total, 239 igus® plain bearings are installed in the new machine.

2. bearing materials

Materials for any shaft material, superior specific wear

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Low wear - plain bearing liners made from high-performance polymers  
High Performance Polymers

Depending on their application, linear guides can be adjusted in regard to the plain bearing material. For instance, iglidur® A180 was developed for applications that require an FDA compliant solution.

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Low wear

igus® provides various materials for gliding elements and counter partners for linear systems. Extensive lab tests and years of field experience have shown that iglidur® J, J 200 and X are the ideal materials for most linear applications due to their favorable wear and friction properties.

Application example

 
Filling-shoe mechanism in a compaction unit

By changing over to the drylin® R linear plain bearing, the maintenance rate of this compaction unit could be extended by 2 years, despite high stressing from powder particles and abrasive agents. The previous recirculating ball-bearing solution necessitated a replacement of bearings and shafts every 2 to 3 months due to worn shafts.

3. Selecting the ideal housing bearing material

 
Various housing bearing materials available

Zinc die-casting: cost-effective standard bearing

Aluminium: low component weight

Stainless steel: corrosion-resistant and also for high temperatures

Turn-to-fit mechanism: Manual adjustable clearance by „Turn-to-Fit“ function with allen key

4. Selecting the ideal carriage length

 

Guide carriages are available from stock in various standard lengths, e.g. 100mm , 150mm und 200mm.

5. Various rails available, various diametres and versions

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Various rails available  
Various rails available

We will cut the guide rails to your desired length. There is no minimum length and also no maximum stroke length.

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Maximum stroke lengths

Guide rails can be connected in series, since the glide element can travel over the rail joints with ease. This facilitates stroke lengths of more than 20 metres. Assembly is simplified by the distinctive joint marking provided at the factory.

Application example

 
Glass cutting machine

Due to the price advantage in combination with the resistance against dirt and dust, the customer opted for the drylin® W.

6. Large construction kit of guide rails

Rectangular, round, as individual or double rail, Ø 6mm, 10mm, 16mm, 20mm, also with manual clearance adjustment.

Single Rail

 

Installation size (square): 6 - 20 mm
Installation size (round): 10 - 25 mm

Double rail

 

Installation size (square): 6 - 20 mm
Installation size (round): 10 - 25 mm

Rail widths

 

Wdths: 30 - 120 mm

7. Highly flexible - you determine length and width

Variable width, length, installation type. As fixed and floating bearing systems

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Highly flexible - you determine the length and width  
Highly flexible installation

drylin® W linear guides support highly flexible uses. Alignment and parallelism errors can be compensated by using floating bearings.

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Floating bearing for guide system

There is a suitable fixed-/floating-bearing solution for every installation location, whether it be horizontal, vertical or lateral. This installation method prevents a sluggishness and/or a jamming of the guide with parallelism deviations between the guides.

Application example

 
Fitness equipment

Fit-Equip sought for cost-efficient solutions to replace the previously employed guide systems. Besides an appealing design, the linear guide should be additionally quiet and absolutely lubricant-free. Guide systems from the drylin® W modular kit system were selected.

8. Surface contact

No point loads, as is for instance the case with recirculating ball bearing systems.

The application of non-hardened shafts is possible.

Even non-metallic counter-partners are usable

A galling is completely excluded.

Details of working principle

Surface contact  
Surface contact

The use of liners made from high-performance plastics allows the plain bearing to be in contact with the shaft across the entire surface. Thus a considerably larger contact surface becomes available resulting in a much lower surface pressure.

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Optimum load distribution due to larger contact surface  
Optimum load distribution

Because of the large surface contact in comparison to the point load on a recirculating ball bearing guide, softer, frequently also more cost-effective shaft materials (e.g VA) can be used in addition to hardened shafts.

Application example

 
Presses

The durability of the steel shafts in these presses and separators has increased at least four-fold, therefore not only highlighting the technical advantages of lubricant-free linear guides, but also making an investment into this equipment a good financial proposition.

9. Hard-anodised aluminium rail

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Low wear - plain bearing liners made from high-performance polymers  
Low wear

igus® plain bearing materials are matched to their counter partner with respect to friction and wear characteristics. One attains the longest service life in combination with anodised aluminium. The function and service life of your application can be calculated on-line via freely accessible service life calculation programs.

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Calculable

In an effort to continuously improve our product range and to address your specific needs, we are reviewing various shaft materials and extensively testing these with a variety of bearing solutions in our igus® dry-tech® lab.

Application example

 
Filling-shoe mechanism in a compaction unit

By changing over to the drylin® R linear plain bearing, the maintenance rate of this compaction unit could be extended by 2 years, despite high stressing from powder particles and abrasive agents. The previous recirculating ball-bearing solution necessitated a replacement of bearings and shafts every 2 to 3 months due to worn shafts.

10. numerous accessories

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numerous accessories  
numerous accessories

In addition to the classic guide, consisting of guide rail and guide carriage, the linear system can also be customised to suite your needs.

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Numerous variants

drylin® W is available as a measurement system unit, with manual clamp, clearance adjustment, in stainless steel, as a mono slide and with hybrid bearings.

Application example

video examples  
Camera slider

Individually adjustable bearings, manual clamps, hybrid carriages "Rolling instead of gliding" and more ensure shock-free, lubricant-free gliding in camera systems.

11. drylin® drive technology

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Rolling and gliding  
Drive Technology

Based on our drylin® W linear construction kit, we can also provide drive units based on a lead screw or timing belt. The systems can be customised to suit your needs.

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Product finder

Just enter useful application-data and compare adequate Linear Slide Tables online and configure them.

Application example

 
Positioning of milling heads

The positioning of milling heads is done with drylin® SHT linear slide table in this plant which manufactures aluminum window frames. As lubricants are not used in any bearing position, aluminum dust and chips do not stick.

12. drylin® E

Details of working principle

Rolling and gliding  
Drive Technology

The "E" stands for "Electric" and completes the igus® product range with hybrid stepper motors, DC motors, proximity switches and the proven chainflex® motor cables.

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Product finder

Enter available application data and compare, design and configure suitable linear units incl, motors on-line.

Application example

 
Sampler/pipette

Space-saving telescope adjustment due to compact and lubricant-free drylin® ZLW timing belt axis.

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