Welcome to TechTalk, a design advice series created and written by igus® product managers, which offers design guidance and tips that make specifying igus®' plastic machinery components simple in any application.
Ten years ago, round-shaped ball bearings or T-shaped linear profile rails were the two geometries found on most machines. Nowadays, the introduction of flexible, long-lasting drylin® W linear guides has changed all that.
Linear plain bearings are becoming commonplace in today’s manufacturing industry. As technologies and material sciences have advanced, so have the capabilities of linear plain bearings, particularly those made of plastic, such as the drylin® series of self-lubricating linear bearings from igus®.