Linear guides assemblies are mechanisms that can bear loads while also guiding the linear movement of the loads simultaneously. They are designed for high loads and high stiffness.
Linear guides assemblies consist of a mechanism in which rolling elements recirculate along a ball groove formed on a rail and ball slide. Similar to ball screw assemblies, the balls are then forced to change their circulating direction by a return guide, repeating the endless circulation motion. They have low friction and can take loads in all directions with enhanced moving accuracy and high precision.
Linear guides assemblies are used as guides to move machine tables in inspection apparatus and manufacturing equipment that requires high precision positioning. They are also found in machine cutting tools and material-handling robots.
Other typical applications of linear guides assemblies include: