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Linear Actuators

drylin® linear actuators

Belt-driven, Screw-driven & Electric Linear Actuators

Converting rotary motion into grease-free linear motion is easier and more efficent with drylin® linear actuators. Our belt-driven and lead screw driven systems are designed with our highly engineered self-lubricating plastic linear bearing liners and do not require any external lubricants. drylin® linear actuators are also lightweight, dirt-resistant, maintenance-free and quieter than recirculating ball bearings.

Our lead screw driven actuators are ideal for low-cycle positioning applications and are well-suited for moving heavy loads up to 25021N (5,625 lbs). We offer various lead screw diameters and materials, as well as stepper motors, DC motors and hand wheel accessories.

Our belt-driven systems are suitable for high-speed applications; drylin® ZLW belt-drives, for example, are rated for speeds up to 5m/s. Other benefits include long stroke lengths and no frictional heat issues.

All of our linear actuators, slides, and bearings are rigorously tested within our 41,000 square-foot test laboratory at our headquarters in Germany. For help deciding between belt-driven and lead screw driven actuators, refer to this tech talk for mechanical insights.

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drylin® SLW

Lead Screw Actuators with Rails: SLW/SAW

  • Low-cost and low-profile
  • Support rails give added torsion-resistance
  • Available in stainless steel and X-Y configurations

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drylin® electric linear actuators

Lead Screw Driven Actuator with Shafts: HTS/HTSP

  • Easy online configuration tool
  • Many liner, shaft and nut material options
  • Available in stainless steel and X-Y configurations

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drylin® ZLW - belt drive

Belt Driven Actuators: ZLW

  • Ideal for low load/high-speed applications
  • Low-cost and lightweight
  • Also available as 2 or 3-axis gantries

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drylin SLN 27 miniature linear actuator

Miniature Lead Screw Actuators: SLN, SLT

  • Compact for low profile application requirements. 
  • Motorized & manually-driven options
  • Lightweight & grease-free

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drylin HTSP low-cost, entry-level

Low-Cost, Econ-series Linear Actuators

  • Entry-level performance for ultra low-cost
  • Lightweight, quiet and maintenance-free

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Actuators with Gear Racks: GRQ, GRW

  • Constant steady axis regardless of the stroke length
  • For high precision and speeds, long travels
  • Freely controllable installation position

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Design your specific linear actuator

drylin linear actuator configurator

The drylin® linear actuator configurator is a comprehensive tool for configuring your own linear actuator, calculating service life, downloading CAD files and placing an order—all in one place. Simply enter your application parameters, choose from the recommended slide tables or linear actuators, pick your accessories and add to your shopping cart.

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Stepper, DC & EC/BLDC motors

  • Wide range for linear actuators & gantries
  •  With encoders, brakes, motor controllers
  • Design solution to specs with config tool

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XYZ gantry robots

Gantries and Cartesian Robots

  • From stock or easily customizable
  • Available with motors and drive/motor controllers
  • Low-cost, lightweight and maintenance-free

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linear actuator accessories

Linear Actuator Accessories

  • Motor controllers, motor flanges, couplings
  • Initiators and proximity reference switches
  • External braking resistors

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Discuss your project with a linear actuator expert

Whether you're interested in turnkey, fully assembled solutions or looking to build your own customizable project, let us assist you with a solution based on your specific application and requirements. Contact us via the form below or call us at (800) 521-2747 to discuss your project today!

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Linear actuator accessories

Looking for individual parts for your actuator? Browse our selection below.

linear bearings and slides

Linear bearings and slides

  • Compatible with standard ball bushings
  • Interchangeable liners
  • Highly wear-resistant
  • Durable and dirt-resistant

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drylin lead screw with nut

Lead screw drive and nut assemblies

  • Lead screw nuts
  • Flange lead screw nuts
  • Stainless-stell or aluminum lead screws
  • Accessories for specific requirements

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Electric motors

Electric motors

  • Stepper motors
  • Direct current motors (DC)
  • Motor controllers

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Engineer's Toolbox Resources


FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is a drylin® linear actuator?

    A: A linear actuator changes the rotational motion of a motor into a straight line. drylin® linear actuators use drylin® linear plain bearing liners instead of recirculating ball bearings.

  • Q: What are the benefits of a drylin® actuator vs. a ball
    bearing actuator?

    A: drylin® actuators are: Self-lubricating, no-maintenance, quiet, lightweight, durable, cost-effective, and corrosion resistant and delivered from stock. 

  • Q: What materials are drylin® actuators made from?

    A: Most standard series use aluminum rails, zinc carriages, plastic liners and ss fasteners.  We also offer 300-series stainless systems for corrosion-resistance, carbon-fiber for lightweight and non-magnetic applications, as well as low and high-temperature bearing and belt materials. 

  • Q: How much axial load is a drylin® actuator capable of handling?

    A:  We have various actuators to fit most needs, but static axial loads up to 75kg  for belt-driven systems and up to 625kg for lead screw systems are possible

  • Q: What speed can a drylin® actuator achieve?

    A: Depending on dynamic load, drylin screw drives are rated for between 200-1500rpm (depending on size), and up to 5m/s for the belt-driven tables.  This is all load dependent.

  • Q: Do you provide motors and or manual accessories for
    your actuators?

    A: Yes, igus offers Stepper/DC/BLDC motors and motor mounts for servo motors, as well as various thumbscrews, hand wheels, and 90-degree drives for manual applications

  • Q: Does igus offer motor controllers?

    A: Yes, we offer a wide range of drylin Dryve® controllers for a wide range of DC, BLDC, and stepper motors.

  • Q: How to choose a drylin® linear actuator?

    A: You can use our  online configuration tool or contact igus direct for in-person application support. 

  • Q: Are drylin® actuators standard lengths or are they built to order?

    A: Our systems are designed to be modular to meet the needs of most applications using off-the-shelf components

  • Q: How accurate are your drylin® actuators?

    A: igus® lead screw systems have a linear positioning tolerance of +/-0.1mm, and belt-drives are typically between +/- 0.2 and +/-0.35mm for single-axis systems.  Please consult igus as we may be able to provide more accurate systems depending on your application.

  • Q: What is the max stroke length for drylin® actuators?

    A: This depends on the size, but our lead screw systems have max stroke lengths between 350mm-1250mm, and belt-driven actuators between 1000-3000mm (for the most common series). 

  • Q: What are some common industries drylin® actuators have
    been successfully used?

    A: Lab and medical, automation machinery, marine, food processing, packaging, 3D printing, in-cabin use for off-highway, kiosk, AGV's and many other industries.

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