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Motion plastics specialist igus has introduced a cost-effective alternative to its standard drylin ZLW linear guides for simple positioning and adjustment task. Available ready-to-install, the drylin ZLW eco is suitable for applications where a high degree of positioning accuracy and the ability to handle high loads and speeds are not key requirements. A typical application would be in a vending machine for dispensing packaged food or drink bottles.

The slides and trusses of the drylin ZLW eco are injection-moulded, which reduces the component count and therefore simplifies installation. The plain bearings of the carriage are made of iglidur engineering plastics, which are self-lubricating and maintenance-free, further benefiting the end application. Offered in two standard installation sizes, the drylin ZLW eco features an anodised aluminium drylin W profile. At the ends of the profile, plastic traverses are located for the drive technology. A neoprene toothed belt is tensioned between the trusses, which feeds back and forth a full plastic slide with a positioning accuracy of 0.3 mm. The stroke lengths can be individually determined by the user. Thanks to lightweight construction, the toothed belt axes weigh only 0.3 and 0.7 kg and can move loads up to 3 or 10 kg. Suitable motor kits are available as an option.

For more information about the drylin ZLW eco range, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/drylinZLW or call igus directly on 01604 677240.

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Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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