Tech Tips - Selecting Pneumatic Linear Slides for Automation Projects

sponsored by: 12 2-axis motion - continued application examples Pallet lift station An EZ Series Slide with front flange mounting used as a pallet lift mechanism on a conveyor type assembly system. Extra length guide shafts extend through the slide's toolbar and act as locating dowels that engage pallet bushings to provide precise pallet positioning. The proximity sensors shown are used for position sensing. Extended guide shafts act as dowels Pallet Pallet bushing MF1 Front flange mount Figure 12 “TS” Series (Linear ball bearings) Very compact. It is the only linear ball bearing slide available that is “built into” the air cylinder. “EZ” Series (Linear ball bearings) Rugged slide with guide sha s either side of integral aircylinder. Bearings arespaced furtherapartasthestroke increases, providing exceptional bearing support. “L & S” Series (Sleeve bearings) An inexpensive series using non- repairableaircylinders. e“L”Series issimilartothe“EZ”Series while the “S” Series is similar to the “SE”. Note: Sleeve bearings need clearance to operate. ereforesometoolbarplay exists.“L”&“S”slidesarenotintended for ultra-precision applications. “SE” Series (Linear ball bearings) A shortened version of the “EZ” Series to save length. Cylinder is built into the bearing block which houses four linear ball bearings. “GB” Series (sleeve bearings) Aircylinderismachinedintobear- ingblock.Standardfeaturesinclude bottom,side&rearmountingholes, top & side ports. Toolbar with top, front,andbottommountingholes. Reasons to select: Rugged block slide, featuring replace- able Duralon ® bearings, repairable built-in cylinder, interchangeable bolt pattern. Dual port locations, multiple mounting surfaces. 10 inch stroke or less. Reasons to select: Used for applications where the extreme precision of a linear ball bearing slide is not required. “S” Series – Shorter than “L”, but has less capacity and more “play”. Reasons to select: Wide spacing of guide sha s to resist torsional load. Good load capacity. Provides “no-play” precision motion. Widest choice of tooling, stop, and shock options. Reasons to select: Shorter than “EZ”. Good load capacity. Wide spacing of guide sha s to resist torsional load. Linear ball bearings at each end of bearing block provide “no-play” precision motion. Reasons to select: Used where space is limited. High load capacity. Linear ball bearings at each end of cylinder provide “no-play” precision motion. Many tooling options available. Quick reference guide to FABCO-AIR linear slides www. f a b c o - a i r. c om f a b c o - a i r . c o m