Machine slides, or machine tool slides, are linear slide mechanisms used in automated machinery to push, pull or position equipment. Used typically with heavy duty applications such as CNC machining equipment, automated assembly machinery, tooling and cutting, machine slides are able to handle massive loads. These motorized linear slides offer precision movement capabilities along vertical or horizontal rails that can be single, double or multi-axis.
Del-Tron Precision, Inc.
Del-Tron Precision, Inc. was founded in order to serve the needs of automated equipment manufacturers for innovative, high quality and reasonably priced anti-friction linear bearings. After 30 years, we remain firmly focused on that original premise. We offer one of the broadest product ranges in the industry including machine slides. We concentrate on providing superior customer service.
Tusk Direct, Inc.
Welcome to Tusk Direct. We specialize in supplying you with the highest quality linear motion components, backed by personalized service. Our team of experienced engineers works closely with you. We understand your need for reliable products with superior performance. That`s why all our products like machine slides are chosen to meet our rigorous standards and backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
Parker Hannifin - Electromechanical Division
Rohnert Park, CA
Parker Hannifin is the world`s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. Our products are vital to virtually everything that moves or requires control. Contact us for all of your machine slide needs and let us show you what we're all about.
In business since 1971, look to Generic Slides for your linear motion systems and components-ball slides, dovetail slides, pneumatic slides, manual positioning slides, motor ready & motorized slides. Metric or Imperial measures are available. Our products are used in aerospace, automation, commercial & other applications. Visit our website today to learn more about our products and services.
Machine slides are moved by drive mechanisms; these mechanisms can be mechanical, hydraulic or electronic. Machine slides are designed to have close tolerances and high rigidity to ensure that motion, even in high-paced applications, is controlled. The slides consist of a stationary base which holds the linear rails and a moving component, or carriage, that is attached to the bearings channels and moves along the cylindrical or ball bearing slides within the railings. Dovetail slides are often used in machine slide processes because of their increased precision and close tolerance performances. The slides also have a gib which ensures the components stay in place along the linear rails and make up for any slip-stick which may inadvertently occur. Four-slide machines are a popular type of machine slide which are used to manufacture metal parts by using moving mechanisms on four separate axes that act upon the metal to create a finished component. They are able to produce completed components in fast turnaround times.
Stainless steel, cast iron and aluminum are the most common materials used in the construction of machine slides. Material choice is dependent upon the specifics of the application and the intended work environment and load capacity. Cast iron is durable and can maintain its structure under the pressure of weight, whereas stainless steel is important for corrosion resistance purposes. Most machine slides have to be custom designed because they are used for product specific or equipment specific processes and therefore need to be adjusted accordingly. Options include: ball screw, lead screw, air or hydraulic cylinders for motion control, including blocks and keepers at the end of the desired motion range. Also, machine way wipers are used with machine slides to protect the equipment against wear and tear from dust and debris along the linear rails. The wipers move in front of the carriage or sliding mechanism to ensure smooth movement of the bearings and rail. Covers, bellows or other linear rail shields can also be used to further protect against the contamination of the bearing system within the linear system.