Tech Tips - Selecting Pneumatic Linear Slides for Automation Projects

Selecting Pneumatic Linear Slides for Automation Projects FIGURE 1a sponsored by: A pneumatic linear slide combines an air cylinder power source with a guide mechanism that supports the workload over a precise linear path. They can perform tasks as simple as a pressing operation, or as demanding as multi- axis robotics. FIGURE 1 Guide Shaft Bearing Block Air Cylinder Tool bar Figure 1 shows the top view of one style of linear slide that could be used in a pressing application. The guide mechanism consists of a bearing block with two guide shafts attached to a common tool bar. Above, two linear slides have been combined to form a two-axis slide in Figure 1A. Today’s equipment designer can choose from a wide array of Linear Slide models offered in the marketplace, but how does one decide which model best suits the application? 2

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