Linear ball guide brake imposes no load on the bearing block
28 June 2010
Sometimes the introduction of a simple device can make a significant difference to the application scope of a product. The LBG brake option from HepcoMotion, which provides a compact and easy method of locking a bearing block in position on its LBG linear ball guide, is a good example.
Stainless steel bodied to resist corrosion, the brake is intended for manual locking of a stationary block and can be supplied with a range of brake plates to suit most of the LBG bearing block options. The brake assembly has two jaws which, when tightened via a ratchet locking lever, apply equal pressure to the LBG rail to ensure even clamping. When the brake is applied, the resulting clamping force does not impose any load on the bearing block.
Although designed principally to extend the capability of HepcoMotion LBG linear ball guides, the brake is compatible with all other ball guide systems with which the LBG system is interchangeable. Brakes in sizes 15 through 30 are available ex-stock from HepcoMotion’s e-shop, in combination with the most popular guide sizes to suit most automation requirements.
Meanwhile, HepcoMotion has made considerable enhancements to its Precision Ring Track system (PRT), which comprises a very comprehensive range of ring slides, ring segments, bearings and ancillary components. The new PRT2 product group introduces a substantially expanded range of sizes, across-the-range load capacity increases of typically 50% or more, and stainless steel as standard rather than an option. This friction-free, debris-tolerant system also adds several new features that give machine builders much greater design flexibility. Track systems freely combine ring segments and straight slides to achieve an almost limitless variation of open paths and closed circuits.
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