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Square profile linear guide offers adjustable clearance

Square profile linear guide offers adjustable clearance

Igus has extended its Q10 series square guide with the introduction of the drylin Q20. This new size, with a 20mm profile is said to be ideal for self-supporting and high load applications. The guide's rigid square profile ensures resistance against twisting, while supporting torque of up to 10Nm in all directions. The bearing clearance can be adjusted manually, allowing the running accuracy to be increased or decreased, depending on the application.

The hollow profile of the drylin Q20 provides convenient space for services such as compressed air, cables and fluids, and is ideal for use in confined spaces for example in laboratory equipment, packaging machinery, machine guarding and conveyor systems. Due to the space saving and self-lubricating properties, the drylin Q20 is also suitable for use in the medical and food and drinks industries.

"Previously, to achieve a linear guide system that is self-supporting and resistant to twisting, we used two parallel circular profile shafts or a classic monorail guide that was often mounted to a support structure, rather than self-supporting," explains Rob Dumayne, director at Igus. "The drylin Q20 closes this gap for higher loads and is available as a complete system."

In addition to the adjustable guide carriage, the modular system consists of hard anodised aluminium square profile shafts, available in lengths of up to 4m. In addition, the drylin Q20 guide carriage can be combined with all 20/20 aluminium profile construction systems, commonly used in machine building. The carriage itself offers multiple options for attaching via the use of slots and slot nuts.
With a hollow chamber design, the aluminium profile is very light and is suitable for the simultaneous conducting of supply cables.

Other drylin Q products include bearing housings in carriage, enclosed or solid polymer versions, flange bearings, and complete gripper axes. The gripper axis is a toothed, hard-coated and corrosion-protected hollow profile suitable for moving loads up to 500g at speeds of up to 0.7m/s. The bearing is made of iglidur J. The axis is supplied complete with a NEMA 11 stepper motor with gear wheel.

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