Ball Bearing Slides

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Ball bearing slides use spheres composed from a durable material such as aluminum, steel or galvanized steel located within a rail or railing system set up in the desired direction of flow. The linear system is also comprised of a moving component which is attached to the railing and spherical components. Read More…

Ball Bearing Slides Ball bearing slides are the most commonly found type of linear slide or roller slide. Linear slides are used to produce smooth, low friction motion and ball bearing slides are a straightforward and low maintenance method of achieving this.

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Bethel, CT  |  203-778-2727

Del-Tron is a linear slide manufacturer/distributor of ball bearing slides, crossed roller tables, roller slides, multi-axis positioning stages, xy tables, motor-ready lead screw stages & crossed roller rail sets. With the world’s first subminiature heavy-duty ball slide with straight-line design & recirculating feature, custom designs are available. Website life/load calculators & CAD drawings.

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Del-Tron Precision, Inc. $$$

Bethel, CT  |  800-447-2042

When describing Tusk Direct, a linear slide distributor, products such as linear motion components, roller tables, ball & crossed roller slides, dovetail slides, bushings, multi-axis positioners & motor ready lead screw actuators, come to mind. Our linear slide products (subminiature - heavy duty) offer high accuracy & long travel available. Same day shipment, life-load calculators, cad drawings.

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Tusk Direct, Inc. $$$

Pittsburg, CA  |  888-580-8272

Discover the Bishop-Wisecarver difference. Offering 60 years of design experience with the widest range of guide wheel based solutions in the world. Suitable for numerous applications, Bishop-Wisecarver’s miniature slides, heavy duty slide systems, telescopic ball bearing slides, stainless steel & simple-select slide systems offer exceptional performance in a variety of operating environments.

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Bishop-Wisecarver $$$

San Rafael, CA  |  415-924-7938

Modern Linear manufactures guide roller components and integrated slides for applications ranging from clean/vacuum environments to food processing/packaging, and heavy contamination. Our versatile and durable products have been specified in semiconductor and medical equipment as well as demanding military machinery. We continue to develop products with unique features to benefit the growing mechanical automation market.

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Modern Linear Incorporated $$$

Bloomfield, NY  |  800-642-6446

Established in 1967, Velmex makes manual & motor driven dovetail slides, open frame tables, twin rail slides, rotary and XY stages. Choose hand, lead screw or belt drive. Our UniSlide, XSlide & BiSlide Assemblies can do scanning, indexing and positioning. Use them to move sensors, antennas, cameras, measure distance & more. See our website for more information, or call today!

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Velmex, Inc. $$$

Hicksville, NY  |  516-595-7495

Isel USA manufactures and distributes a diverse set of quality linear motion and automation products. We offer linear slides in both belt and ball screw driven versions with a variety of options. Our linear slides are ideal for applications such as assembly, routing and drilling, inspection, dispensing and welding. For more information on how we can build your success, call today.

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Isel USA, Inc. $$$

Lansdale, PA  |  800-313-4753

SKF Motion Technologies is a leading global supplier of linear slides that offer precise motion. Our products range covers the guiding variants of linear ball bearings, miniature profile rails and precision rails. Call us today for all of your linear motion needs.

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Ewellix $$$
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There are a number of various applications for ball bearing slides, including robotics and instrumentation construction, clean room operating systems, high-end appliances and cabinetry, as well as electronics and construction industries.

A common every day use of ball bearings is in drawer slides as the weight of the drawer and its contents are easily managed by the ball bearings. However, they are typically not used for heavy weight applications as ball bearings have a lower load capacity relative to their size as they are less resistant to deterioration from the sliding process.

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Ball bearing systems can be powered by drive mechanisms, gravity or by hand if an operator is present. Depending on the size and weight of the load, the most appropriate system can be installed.

A limitation of ball bearing slides is their need for a specific housing or driving system which allows the bearings enough freedom of motion in order to rotate efficiently, but not so much that they movement produces is ineffective and imprecise.

The systems themselves are commonly constructed from aluminum or rolled steel and typically are two linear rails of bearings within the containment guides. The carriage is supported by these rails and should move smoothly across the bearings.

These systems typically do not require the frequent addition of a lubricant as the movement is not the sliding of surfaces across each other, however the railing systems themselves may have to be disassembled and cleaned periodically, especially when the linear slides are used in environments with levels of dust and debris which could contaminate the interior workings of the railings.

Ball bearings create a much lower level of friction and therefore heat and are an ideal choice for many applications, providing a relatively cost-effective method of improving motion and reducing slip-stick tendencies within an operation. The balls used are easy to manufacture and are typically cheaper than components of other linear slide systems.

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