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Modular linear axes from igus for custom linear drives

16 November 2016

With the new drylin ZLW modular system igus offers versatility and designing freedom for engineers - widths, rail distances and materials of the ready-to-install axes can be assembled according to your requirement.

“Ready to install linear robots is becoming very popular in machine and plant manufacturing,” says Robert Dumayne, director, igus "Off-the-shelf solutions that fit exactly to the applications requirements are not always available and, if they are, come with a high price tag. The drylin ZLW system allows engineers to configure their own solution - width, rail distances and length of the axes can be adapted quickly and easily.” 

Due to the low profile of the toothed belt axes, even tight installation spaces are accommodated. In addition, users can order the support blocks, rails and carriages made of aluminium or stainless steel. The stainless steel system is of particular interest for applications in the food industry, which is unique when considering standard 'off-the-shelf' items. A maximum service life is possible when used in combination with liners made of iglidur E7. The linear guides can also be supplied with the igus motor as standard.

Due to the new installation size ZLW-20, loads up to 75kg can be lifted, with maximum stroke lengths of up to 3m. The wide drive belt also permits high speeds of more than 5 m/s depending on the load. The polyurethane toothed belt with steel cable reinforcement is set centrally on the carriage at the required belt tension. Underwater applications are also possible with a special belt. 

Grooved ball bearings ensure a robust support and greater energy efficiency. Quiet and a long service life even in continuous operation make the ready to install solutions interesting for numerous applications, such as the most varied handling tasks in the food or laboratory technology. Due to the open design, the linear axes are easy to clean and also insensitive to dirt.

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