Welcome to our new educational tool — Motion Control Classroom or MC2 as we call it.
MC2 is a new online reference series for design engineers needing information about motion components and systems. Curated by Design World’s editorial team, each installment is a digital content hub with comprehensive background information, current trends, typical and emerging applications, and FAQs on one motion technology.
Check out the first MC2 …
Linear systems: Welcome to this installment of MC² on linear guide and slide systems!
Recall that linear-motion supports take the form of guide rails, slides, and ways … and include profile rails, linear bearings, guide wheels, slides, and plain-bearing systems that bear load while employing either sliding or rolling to allow translational motion. Typical designs pair rail or shaft with mating carriages or runner blocks. At the MC2 on linear systems, you’ll find resources on linear guides and slides to help you choose from the vast array of these linear systems … and satisfy requirements for loading, stroke, speed, accuracy, and design life.
Also check out the references on preloading considerations and market-specific topics … including machine-tool applications and semiconductor manufacturing, where rolling linear guides abound; advanced medical applications, where square rails are common; and simpler machine axes, where forgiving slide designs maintain machine-build ruggedness.