Well known as a global manufacturer of telescopic slides, Accuride has used all its experience of sliding systems to design a range of friction guides well suited to the automation industry. The tough anodised tracks, which can be cut to required length or butted together for longer tracks, along with the superior polymer sliding surface within the guides will mean that these are both hard wearing and long lasting.
There are three guide options to choose from: manual adjust, automatic adjust and non-adjust. The height, width and hole pitches all refer to the ISO 12090 standard so they can be used as an interchangeable alternative to recirculating linear guides. The guides can be used in any orientation and have been designed to absorb equal wear in both the Y and Z orientations.
The lack of exposed moving parts makes friction guides ideal for extreme environments where dust and dirt might be present. They are light, easy to use and engineered to minimise stress and wear on the friction elements. This adds to the low total cost of ownership and also makes it an attractive alternative to costlier over-engineered solutions.
To help engineers estimate maintenance intervals, Accuride offers a wear calculator on their website. There is also a comprehensive technical FAQ section and direct access to the technical team for additional help.
David Brooks is the Design Engineer behind the new guides and explains: “We have produced a product that goes beyond customer expectations yet still provides a cost-effective solution. Our new guides are lightweight, hard-wearing and easy to use as well as being an alternative drop-in solution for existing guides – and we’re always available to discuss application suitability with our customers.”
Peter Baxter is European Distribution Director for Accuride and comments: “We are delivering a ‘best in class’ friction guide that offers customers across industry a high performance, easy to use product backed by our great engineering team. It’s a product that proves that the best engineering solution is often the most straightforward.”
All the items are held in stock at Accuride’s Northampton based logistics centre and can be bought through their distribution network or, for large quantities, direct from Accuride.
More technical information, drawing downloads and videos can be found at www.accuride-europe.com.