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Igus has introduced Drylin Fast Forward, a mechanism that allows quick positional adjustment of the slide on a trapezoidal lead screw drive.

This saves considerable amounts of time when adjusting machine settings, particularly in applications that involve long lead screws.

The location of the linear slide can still be positioned precisely on the trapezoidal thread using the conventional hand-wheel adjustment mechanism.

The Fast Forward function, on the other hand, releases the slide from the thread to enable it to be slid quickly to a new approximate position by hand first, followed by more precise positioning with the hand wheel.

The lubricant-free Drylin linear tables with Fast Forward are available in two types: the SHT series, which is a precise, rigid aluminium version made of machined and anodised aluminium parts; and the SHTP series, a lightweight, low-price alternative made of solid plastic The Fast Forward function is achieved using a quick-release nut, which is released from the thread at the push of the button on top of the slide.

Once repositioned, the quick-release nut locks back into the thread and acts as a brake, bringing the slide to an immediate standstill.

This particularly applies to vertical applications, where it remains fixed in position after locking.

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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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