Plain linear guides offer advantages for robotic welding

Igus says that self-lubricating plain linear guides offer a number advantages for robotic welding applications, as the lack of oil and grease helps to prevent dirt and weld spatter becoming trapped.

Welding robots play a key role within many industries - especially automotive. These robots use a linear slide on the top of the welding equipment to provide a wide range of movement. Traditional metal linear slides require regular lubrication, and the exposed lubricant on the bearing slides can trap dirt and welding spatter, eventually causing the machine to stop working. However, igus DryLin T linear guide systems are self-lubricating, thus prevents dirt and welding spatter getting trapped. One of the best-known compact car manufacturers in Germany has used igus DryLin T linear guides on its welding robots; the guides lasted throughout the entire production period of the car and were still fully functional on completion.

DryLin T linear guide systems are specially developed for this type of application in automation and handling systems. The profile rail and base body of the carriage are made of aluminium, with the rail being hard-anodised and the base body of the carriage being clear anodised.

There are six gliding elements made of iglidur J self-lubricating bearing material that serve as guide bearings; these are arranged in opposing pairs to make up three guide bearings, and each of these three guide bearings is continuously adjustable. All steel parts are stainless steel and the end caps are made of solid plastic.

Follow the link to see a movie of the igus DryLin T linear guide system in a robotic welding application.

igus (UK) Ltd

51A Caswell Road
Brackmills
Northampton
NN4 7PW
UNITED KINGDOM

+44 (0)1604 677240

sales@igus.co.uk

www.igus.co.uk

More applications
58 minutes ago
Innovation, technology, collaboration and sustainability
Rockwell Automation has released the program for its flagship European event, ROKLive EMEA 2022, 24-27 October in Gothenburg, Sweden, with keynote topics focusing on innovation, technology, collaboration and sustainability.
1 day ago
Igus acquires majority stake in Commonplace Robotics
Motion plastics specialist Igus is investing in growing its low cost automation activities and has now acquired a majority stake in robot integrator Commonplace Robotics.
1 day ago
Trio extends automation control capabilities at SPS 2022
Trio Motion Technology is presenting a host of new automation control capabilities for machine builders at Germany’s SPS exhibition, including a new motion coordinator, servo drive, and industrial PC.
1 day ago
Minitec UK highlights profile system and design software at EDS
Minitec UK will be exhibiting at this year’s Engineering Design Show, held at the Coventry Building Society Arena, from 12–13 October. Highlights of this year’s stand will be the Minitec Aluminium Profile System and Minitec UK’s iCAD Assembler software.
2 days ago
Securing the future of spring manufacturing
In many Lesjöfors businesses, the company sees apprenticeships as a strategic way to introduce, train and keep the most suitable staff for the future. In the UK, European Springs and Pressings has just on-boarded five new apprentices in an extensive program.
2 days ago
EMS to showcase Faulhaber range at Engineering Design Show
Electro Mechanical Systems (EMS) will showcase the latest Faulhaber motor systems at the Engineering Design Show (EDS), taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena on October 12 to 13, 2022.
3 days ago
Rockwell Automation announces intent to acquire Cubic
Rockwell Automation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cubic, a company that specialises in modular systems for the construction of electrical panels.
3 days ago
LG Motion highlights cobot system at EDS 2022
At the Engineering Design Show (EDS) 2022, LG Motion’s will showcase the Techman collaborative robots (cobots) which are easy to implement and install. They will be shown as part of an integrated conveyor system.
4 days ago
Tackling noise emissions from industrial machinery
Employers and dutyholders are required under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) to provide workers with equipment that meets relevant supply laws. They must also adhere to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers guidance which sets out an employer’s legal obligations. Paul Taylor, business development director for industrial services at TÜV SÜD, looks at the issue of machinery noise.
6 days ago
Compair highlights the importance of compressor energy efficiency
With the global rise in electricity prices, the energy costs of compressed air have increased to as much as 91% of the total cost of ownership, and operators need to urgently review the efficiency of their system says Graham Read, product manager for industrial compressors at Compair.

Login / Sign up