Linear Guide System has plastic glide elements.

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DryLin® W, available in multiple rail configurations, is self-lubricating, maintenance-free, and contaminant-resistant. Measuring only 14 mm high, it is available as combination of 2 supported round shafts in one profile or in split-rail configuration. Slides, comprised of 2 or 4 gliding carriages, are made of pressure die-cast zinc; spacing can be pre-selected at 100, 150, or 200 mm. Product is corrosion and wear resistant.

Original Press Release:

igus Introduces the DryLin W Linear Guide System

New linear slide with plastic glide elements delivers flexibility, versatility and multiple design options

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - November 4, 2003 - igus® Inc. today introduced the DryLin® W linear guide system, the latest addition to the DryLin suite of linear bearings and slides with plastic glide elements. New DryLin W is available in multiple rail configurations to provide more design options. It is a low-cost, extremely compact and easy to install solution. As with all DryLin bearings and slides, DryLin W is lightweight, self-lubricating, maintenance-free and contaminant-resistant.

DryLin W has a very low overall height of 14 millimeters and is available as a combination of two supported round shafts in one profile, or in a split rail configuration. Each option provides its own unique advantages. The single profile option significantly lowers the cost of an application and eliminates time-consuming shaft alignment and assembly. If the acting forces project beyond the slide or space is limited, the split rails can be assembled at a 90 degree angle. Other options include installing the linear slides as four bearing blocks connected to a mounting plate for ease and simplicity, or bolting them directly to the superstructure to reduce height by an additional six millimeters.

The round shaft guide design increases resistance to dirt, dust and other contaminants. With this design-regardless of installation position-dirt is unable to remain on the glide tracks. The overall dry-running nature of DryLin further ensures that debris will not stick to the guide system. Special liners are also available if chemical resistance is required.

The slides, comprised of two or four gliding carriages, are made of low-cost, pressure die-cast zinc. The spacing of the slides can be pre-selected at 100, 150 or 200 millimeters. By varying the spacing, it is possible to achieve the necessary torque-resistance.

DryLin W is well-suited for automation, packaging, textile and medical applications. As does the entire DryLin family of linear guide systems, DryLin W delivers superior performance even in high-acceleration or short-stroke applications.

DryLin linear guide systems are an ideal replacement for re-circulating ball bearings due to their maintenance-free, oil-free, and self-lubricating operation. Unlike ball bearings, contaminants cannot build up in DryLin. This prevents malfunction or shaft damage. DryLin bearings and guide systems have a low coefficient of friction, are corrosion-resistant and wear-resistant. The DryLin family also includes DryLin R linear plain bearings, DryLin T linear slides, DryLin N micro slides, Quadroslide preassembled slide units and DryLin S anodized aluminum shafting.

DryLin is a member of the iglide® suite of plastic bearings which offers customers the choice of more than 6,000 imperial and metric bearing sizes from stock. Iglide plastic bearings are a convenient, cost-effective alternative to bronze, metal-backed and custom injection-molded bearings. All iglide bearings are self-lubricating and maintenance-free. The plastic-based construction eliminates corrosion and delivers better vibration dampening than metal bearings.

About igus
Igus Inc., based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading, plastic-based cable carriers, continuous-flex cables and plain and linear bearings. With more than 28,000 products, the company markets its Energy Chain Systems®, Chainflex® cables and iglide oil-free, plastic bearings worldwide. For more information contact igus at (888) 803-1895 or visit

igus, DryLin, iglide, Energy Chain Systems, and Chainflex are registered trademarks of igus Inc.

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