Reliable and versatile, HepcoMotion offers a wide range of linear motion systems and automation components to meet practically any requirement, including linear bearings, linear guides and rails, ball screw assemblies, and drawer slides. Available in a range of sizes and materials, including stainless steel, HepcoMotion has an experienced technical team to specify the right product for each application.
Linear guides (comprising of a carriage plate and guide rail) are the mechanical elements that provide movement within a system in a linear direction. Linear guides are used to support loads during movement and are typically used in automation processes to guide and transfer a component around a system between processes.
In this video our experts discuss what you should consider when choosing the right linear guide for your application (including factors such as speed, load and environment).
A linear guide is a system that helps with the movement and supporting of a load in a linear direction, either vertically or horizontally. There are several types of linear guides including V guides, ball rails, ball bushings, telescopic slide and plain bushings.
Preload is the amount of clearance between the moving element and the guide. A high preload reduces the clearance between the guide and carriage, which makes the system more rigid and reduces deflection. A low preload has the lowest amount of contact, thereby there is less friction and less accuracy.
There are many different types of lubrication; choosing the right one will depend on the application.
For example, the application may require a dry lubrication, a special food grade lubrication or a vacuum lubrication for example.