Linear Guideways

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This type of movement is useful in a wide variety of industrial applications where heavy objects need to be transported efficiently between two locations. Usually linear guideways are installed between machines in a factory or in areas were goods are constantly being moved. Read More…

Linear Guideways A linear guideway is a metal rail that houses a mechanism that moves laterally using bearings that are fitted to the component and roll along the rail to allow for smooth linear motion.

Leading Manufacturers

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. $$$

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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A linear guideway can be powered by a motor or the mechanism can be moved along the rail by hand. Various types of bearings or rolling parts can be used inside the linear motion guide to allow it to roll smoothly along the guide rail.

Some linear guideways use ball bearings to slide along the rail, but others use roller bearings or magnetic bearings.

Ball bearing slides are the most common. Ball bearing linear guideways are smooth and precise because they operate on a single axis using self-lubricating ball bearings in a linear base.

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A roller bearing, also known as a rolling element bearing, has an outer ring with several balls within that are contained by cage-like structures. These are economical and long lasting bearings that cause minimal friction.

Magnetic bearings use two encased magnets whose polarized forces oppose each other. This repelling force creates smooth and controlled motion along the rail. A linear table is a small table that is attached to a linear guideway.

Items can be placed on this table and moved along the rail, and sometimes a table is attached to two rails on a linear guideway to provide a higher weight capacity.

Linear guideways are used in all kinds of household and industrial applications. Even common household features like sliding doors or drawers use a type of linear guideway to allow for opening and closing movement.

Conveyor belts in some automated factory assembly lines use linear guideways to keep products moving down the assembly line and on to the next stage of the manufacturing or packaging process.

In industrial or household settings, linear motion systems help to make tasks easier and more efficient every single day.

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