Smooth Guidance

Linear guidance in the food industry

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - October 30, 2009 - A cutting machine's in-feed uses pillow blocks from the igus® DryLin® linear range on its guidance mechanism used to center blocks of cheese weighing up to 187 pounds.

The arms of this centralizing unit are mounted on the pillow blocks and then guided smoothly up from beneath a conveyor. The position of the guides means they are subjected to severe washdowns, are potential bacteria traps and inaccessible for maintenance.

Fortunately, the DryLin components are water and chemical resistant, will not corrode and have virtually no cavities in which food can lodge. They are also lubrication- and maintenance-free and so are ideal for use in this application.

The DryLin® range of linear bearings and components are made entirely from solid, wear-resistant iglide® polymers, which offer technical advantages as well as a clear price advantage over dimensionally interchangeable linear ball-bearing equivalents. DryLin bearings and pillow blocks offer a cleaner, more cost-effective operation, boast an extremely low coefficient of friction and are lightweight.

About igus

igus develops industry-leading Energy Chain® cable carriers, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide® plastic plain bearings, igubal® spherical bearings, DryLin linear bearings and guide systems. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and continuous-flex cable since 1989, igus provides the right solution based on 70,000 products available from stock. No minimum order required.

For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit

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