To meet the growing demand for weight savings, whether in the aerospace, automotive or medical industry, technical plastics expert igus® has developed its drylin® W linear guide system constructed entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). Extremely lightweight, the carbon drylin rail features additional advantages over metallic solutions by being stiffer and non-magnetic. The system will be highlighted at Southern Manufacturing 2016
Available for travel lengths of up to 2 metres, the drylin® W linear guide system is claimed to be up to 60% lighter than a traditional steel rail system, and 40% less compared with, the ‘light’ alternative, an aluminium rail. This light weight system enables designers to develop a more cost effective solution – especially in aerospace and motorsport applications where weight may constitute money, or where high dynamic movements are important, such as robots for manufacturing. In addition, the carbon drylin® rail is available as a completely metal-free belt drive system, which integrates plastic pulleys and xiros® plastic ball bearings – all available from igus®. Being completely free from metal, these linear guide systems can be used without restrictions within X-ray equipment.
“We have tested this system using iglidur® L250 for the plastic carriage and have seen optimum wear and friction coefficients, meaning manufactures can benefit from a metal-free solution which, like all products from igus®, requires no lubrication and is therefore maintenance free,” says Rob Dumayne, director, igus®. “The one piece carriage, combined with iglidur L250 tribo-optimised plastic, running on carbon fibre rails creates what may be the lightest linear system in the world.”
For further information about the new carbon drylin® W linear guide system, head over to the igus stand N97 www.igus.co.uk or call igus® directly on 01604 677240.