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Hepcomotion has added a corrosion-resistant model to its LBG range of ball guides, opening up the market for this product in clean rooms where previously stainless steel was the only suitable option.

The hard chrome alternative is available for all rails and bearing blocks in this linear ball guide product programme.

It provides a good degree of corrosion-resistance for application where moisture or contaminants could cause surface pitting.

The company said the LBG range offers high quality, good rigidity and accuracy.

Its basis is a four-row angular contact ball track that is said to have numerous benefits.

These include low friction and reduced differential slip, high load-carrying capacity in four directions and installation compliance.

It also compensates for minor errors on the mounting surface without compromising performance, Hepcomotion added.

A felt wiper within the bearing block aids lubrication, maintaining a positive oil film on the bearing contact surfaces.

Extended life and increased maintenance intervals are achieved by having the correct amount of lubrication at the contact faces.

LBG corrosion-resistant rails are supplied up to 4m in length and in matched sets to ensure that even with the addition of the hard chrome coating, the pre-load of the block onto the rail is consistent.

A stock range is available to cover the majority of automation requirements.

However, a wider combination of pre-loads and grades can be supplied to suit the specific needs of individual applications.

Designing a unique engineering principle and making it a commercial success is quite an accomplishment.  Developing that concept and embracing complementary technologies to the point where the business becomes a world leader in its field takes that achievement into a different league.  HepcoMotion has achieved both and in 2009 celebrates 40th year of trading.   

Today HepcoMotion is one of the world’s foremost innovators and manufacturers of linear motion technology.  And this can be attributed to the important tenet – continued investment in its people processes and products.  This has allowed the company to grow even at times of economical difficulty.  

Although its range of individual, linear motion products remains an important part of its business the growth area for HepcoMotion in recent years is in specials and assemblies.  Almost one fifth of its shop floor space is devoted to assembly and the company has invested heavily in flexible manufacturing to ensure that even last minute changes can be accommodated to customer specification.  

Constantly re-assessing its strengths against changing market demands continues to provide HepcoMotion with the momentum for business growth.  The culture of ongoing investment has certainly worked well throughout its first 40 years and will continue to underpin its business in the decades to come.

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