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Linear bearings & slides from drylin®

Unlike re-circulating ball bearing guides that roll, drylin® linear bearings & assemblies are engineered to slide. Sliding elements made of high-performance, self-lubricating plastics allow the linear bearing assembly to be maintenance-free and resistant to external influences. The special materials also allow the linear bearings to run extremely quietly. By making the switch to drylin® linear bearings, costs are also reduced by up to 40%.  In addition to these benefits, igus® products offer fast shipping times within 24hrsonline service-life calculators and tools for nearly all product lines, and tested reliability.

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Bed and Wheelchair Transfer

Disability Mobility Solutions The first ever seated self-transfer system between bed & wheelchair

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This student project deals with the development of an NC-controlled gantry used as a machine tool

Mobile and stationary saw mills

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Maintenance-free polymer bearings in mobile and stationary saw mills.

Design a custom linear guide

Configure your own linear bearing assembly in just a few steps to your application requirements and parameters.  Easily calculate service life and find the most approporiate linear bearing for your application based on your technical specifications. Once you configure your bearing, download CAD files to use in our free CAD library, request a quote, or add to your cart and checkout.
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drylin® W linear guide rails

drylin W linear guide rails
  • Dirt-resistant and durable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Lightweight and quiet-running
  • Largest rail variety
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drylin® N low profile linear slides

drylin® N low profile linear slides
  • Low height between 6 and 12 mm
  • Lightweight
  • Rails in silver or black anodize
  • 4 rail widths between 17-80 mm
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drylin® T linear guide rails

drylin T
  • Easy alternative to ball guides
  • Identical in connection and drilling dimensions
  • Automatic adjustable bearing clearance
  • High static load capacity
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drylin® R linear slide bearings

drylin R
  • Compatible with standard ball bushings
  • Interchangeable liners
  • Highly wear-resistant
  • Durable and dirt-resistant
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drylin® Q square rails

drylin Q
  • Non-rotating
  • Space saving and lightweight
  • Bearing clearance infinitely adjustable
  • Durable and self-lubricating
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drylin® NT telescopic rails

drylin® NT telescopic rails
  • Step-less stroke lengths up to 600 mm
  • Useful in hygienic environments
  • Durable with ease of use
  • Self-lubricating and quiet
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Contact a linear bearings and slides expert

Whether you're interested in fully assembled solutions or looking to build your own customizable project, let us assist you with a solution based on your specific application and requirements. Contact us via the form below or call us at (905) 760-8448 to discuss your project today!
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How do drylin® Plastic Linear Plain Bearings Compare to PTFE-Lined Plain Bearings?

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Linear plain bearings are becoming commonplace in today’s manufacturing industry. As technologies and material sciences have advanced, so have the capabilities of linear plain bearings, particularly those made of plastic. This whitepaper will compare how they outperform a competitive linear plain bearing technology, which uses a PTFE-based liner. See a variety of test results in easy-to-digest comparison charts.
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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What are the most important things to consider when using
    drylin linear bearings?

    A: The location of both the drive force and payload's center of gravity, as well as load-force, speed, and precision requirements need to be taken into consideration.  Typically drylin® has a clearance range of 0.02-15mm, but we do offer many preloaded or adjustable versions.

  • Q: How does igus® test its linear bearings and what certifications
    are available?

    A: igus® has the world’s largest ‘motion plastic’ test lab where we perform over 15,000 tests per year.  For an overview of this and the certifications and approvals please click this link

  • Q: How long do drylin® linear bearings last and are the liners

    A: igus® provides an online lifetime calculator which calculates wear per km (or mile), calculates the stack-up clearance for your application, a pdf report of your application, as well as other valuable engineering information.  And yes, the liners are easy to replace and offer several ‘quick change’ options. For a video please click here.

  • Q: What is the longest linear rail or shaft that you offer?
    Can they be joined together?

    A:  Depending on the size we stock rails in lengths between 2000mm – 4000mm.  Most sizes can be joined together.  For more information please click here.

  • Q: Do you cut rails in-house, and can you do custom machining?

    A: Yes, we cut rails in-house to an overall +/-2mm length tolerance on a chop saw.  The rails are cut to the desired length with the holes symmetrically placed.  We also carry no-hole rail and are able to customize the parts based on your needs—simply provide us with a drawing and we are happy to help. We also offer a linear shaft configurator which provides both 2D and 3D CAD files, assigns a part number, and allows you to order online.

  • Q: Can drylin® linear bearings be used outdoors,
    saltwater or in washdown environments?

    A: Since drylin® is self-lubricating and does not require oil or grease they are ideal in dirty, dusty environments. Since drylin® is based on corrosion-resistant bearing liners and either anodized aluminum or 300-series stainless rails/shafts they are commonly used in splash-water, underwater, saltwater and chemical washdown applications.  We have passed saltwater testing in several major boat manufacturer’s test labs.

  • Q: Does drylin® offer noise reduction advantages
    over metal or RBB’s?

    A: drylin® rails and slides offer a significant amount of noise reduction compared to recirculation ball bearing systems. In most cases drylin® plastic bearings technology is 4 times quieter (-20b) compared to metal. This is due to our maintenance free sliding elements made of high-performance, self-lubricating plastics. For more information, please click here.

  • Q: What materials do igus® slides and rails come in?

    A: igus® offers linear rails, pillow blocks and carriages. We offer shaft options in several different material options: steel, stainless and nonferrous options like hard/clear anodized aluminum and carbon fiber, in both inch and metric sizes. Our linear slide bearings, pillow block and carriage options include stainless steel aluminum and diecast zinc. 

  • Q: What is a floating bearing and when are they needed?

    A: drylin® floating bearings offer advantages for nearly all applications. They offer an easier assembly, less adjustment necessary and lower wear and drive force by elimination of misalignment forces on the bearings. To help prevent binding simply mount the linear guides with one guide fixed and the other guide floating. This allows for lower friction-forces, lower wear, as well as being easier to assemble.

  • Q: Does igus® offer curved rails?

    A: Yes, igus® has options for curved rails in full circle, half circle and quadrant. We also have options in  convex and concave. Additional information can be found here.

  • Q: How do I align my igus® rails?

    A: When two linear guides are mounted in parallel, with bearings on each guide connected by a plate or carriage, precautions must be taken to prevent binding, or “jerking” motion that can be caused by misalignment between the rails, uneven loads on each bearing, or differences in manufacturing tolerances between rails and bearings. Here are some helpful tips for aligning igus® rails.

  • Q: Can igus® parts be interchanged with my current system?

    A: Yes, in most cases igus® products can be easily retrofitted to replace up and running systems. Our drylin® T and R are often used as a direct replacement recirculating ball bearings systems, and even drylin® W has a cross-reference option.

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