Machine Slides

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Used typically with heavy duty applications such as CNC machining equipment, automated assembly machinery, tooling and cutting, machine slides are able to handle massive loads. These motorized linear slides offer precision movement capabilities along vertical or horizontal rails that can be single, double or multi-axis. Read More…

Machine Slides Machine slides, or machine tool slides, are linear slide mechanisms used in automated machinery to push, pull or position equipment.

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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Machine slides are moved by drive mechanisms; these mechanisms can be mechanical, hydraulic or electronic. Machine slides are designed to have close tolerances and high rigidity to ensure that motion, even in high-paced applications, is controlled.

The slides consist of a stationary base which holds the linear rails and a moving component, or carriage, that is attached to the bearings channels and moves along the cylindrical or ball bearing slides within the railings.

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Dovetail slides are often used in machine slide processes because of their increased precision and close tolerance performances. The slides also have a gib which ensures the components stay in place along the linear rails and make up for any slip-stick which may inadvertently occur.

Four-slide machines are a popular type of machine slide which are used to manufacture metal parts by using moving mechanisms on four separate axes that act upon the metal to create a finished component. They are able to produce completed components in fast turnaround times.

Stainless steel, cast iron and aluminum are the most common materials used in the construction of machine slides. Material choice is dependent upon the specifics of the application and the intended work environment and load capacity.

Cast iron is durable and can maintain its structure under the pressure of weight, whereas stainless steel is important for corrosion resistance purposes. Most machine slides have to be custom designed because they are used for product specific or equipment specific processes and therefore need to be adjusted accordingly.

Options include: ball screw, lead screw, air or hydraulic cylinders for motion control, including blocks and keepers at the end of the desired motion range. Also, machine way wipers are used with machine slides to protect the equipment against wear and tear from dust and debris along the linear rails.

The wipers move in front of the carriage or sliding mechanism to ensure smooth movement of the bearings and rail. Covers, bellows or other linear rail shields can also be used to further protect against the contamination of the bearing system within the linear system.

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