Ball Rail System shortens cycle times.

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Generation 2 Ball Rail® System, with integrated lubrication system, uses foam insert inside runner block to release lubrication to balls over time. Optional ball chain technology enables travels speeds up to 10 m/sec, and provides noise reductions up to 6 dBA. Runner block offers improved sealing for use in harsh environments.

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Generation 2 Ball Rail® System shortens cycle times, reduces maintenance costs

Company will feature new aluminum profiles at the IMTS 2002 Manufacturing Conference, September 4-11, 2002 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Booth #4222

The Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies division of Bosch Rexroth Corporation will introduce its Generation 2 Ball Rail® System at IMTS, booth 4222, September 4 - 11.

The Generation 2 Ball Rail® System features a new runner block which can help machine builders shorten machine cycle times, increase production and reduce lubrication and maintenance costs. Optional ball chain technology and a unique integrated lubrication system reduce lubrication requirements substantially, enable travel speeds up to 10 m/sec and increase dynamic load capacities by 30%. The new design is a step forward for builders whose customers are demanding more environmentally friendly machines.

The unique integrated lubrication system uses a foam insert inside the runner block to release the lubrication to the balls over time. The result is a dramatic reduction in the number of re-lube episodes in the life of the block and concurrent reductions in costs for lubricant, lubricant disposal, and machine downtime. For many machines, the enhanced lubrication technology means maintenance-free operation for the rated life of the machine.

The new runner blocks also offer improved sealing for use in harsh environments. Optional ball chains provide noise reductions of up to 6 dBA and travel speeds up to 2 times as fast as conventional technologies.

Bosch Rexroth Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. In the year 2001 the company had total revenues of approximately $3.42 billion (3.86 billion Euros) and a worldwide total of around 26,000 employees. Divisions include Industrial Hydraulics, Electric Drives and Controls, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, Pneumatics, Service Automation and Mobile Hydraulics. Bosch Rexroth - The Drive & Control Company - offers comprehensive solutions for drives and motion control in 80 countries around the world.

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