There is a vast range of linear motion products on the market and it can be difficult to know which product to select. This article discusses the various types of products available according to their rolling element and explores their advantages, disadvantages and limitations. Finally a selection chart clearly lists each product’s characteristics to help with specifying the best linear motion product.
Some of our linear motion products are shown in the table below:
|Linear Bearings, Housings, Shafts & Supports||Heavy Duty Rollers (NUTR, NUKR, NNTR)||Vee Bearings||Motion Guidance Systems (Standard & Aluminium)|
|Miniature Motion Guidance||Track Guidance System||Combined Roller Bearings||Plain Sliding Linear Bearings|
What are Linear Motion Products?
The primary purpose of linear motion products is to move something from one place to another in one direction along a straight line. Usually this is achieved using a bearing with a rolling element. Traditionally this rolling element would be a ball or roller, but these days some linear motion bearings do not incorporate a rolling element and consequently are known as ‘plain’ bearings. These plain bearings are simply plastic or ceramic bushes and are sometimes lined with PTFE or oil impregnated plastic to help reduce the sliding friction. Continue reading