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RI 02914

+1 800 521 2747
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Advancing linear slide bearings for 25 years with "sliding vs. rolling" technology

An alternative to recirculating ball bearings

Since 1985, we have designed maintenance-free slide bearings for shafts with plastic liners, which are available from a range of materials depending upon your application’s requirements—high temperatures, FDA-compliance, chemical resistance and other technical needs. Our patented split-design for our plastic liners allows for easy assembly onto the linear shaft while it remains still in place. The built-in slide pads also wipe away debris, making drylin® R linear shafts ideal for use in dirty environments.
Drylin® R linear slide bearings are also dimensionally equal to standard recirculating ball bearings for easy retrofitting or replacement. We offer our linear bearing selection with stainless steel housings or anodized aluminum housings—both metric and imperial sizes.
Specifically used in industries such as packaging machinery, medical and laboratory equipment, kiosks, vending and 3D printing.


  • Dimensionally identical to standard recirculating ball bearings
  • Corrosion resistant (with hard-anodized & 300-series components available)
  • Dirt resistant, lightweight, for all shaft materials
  • Easily-replaceable plastic bearing liners keep installation time to a minimum
  • Various liner materials & housing options
  • Aluminum, steel, stainless steel & carbon fiber shafts 
  • Up to 250°C (482°F) long-term (depending on materials)
For more info, read our TechTalk below: "Sliding Bearings: 3 Major Bearing Considerations for Linear Sliding Applications"

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The history of drylin® R

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Linear shafts

drylin® R linear shafts

  • Aluminum, steel, stainless steel & carbon fiber
  • Supported & unsupported parts, inch & metric
  • Surface optimized for drylin® linear bearings
  • No cutting charge

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Pillow blocks

drylin® R pillow blocks

  • Easy installation
  • Interchangeable with recirculating ball bearings
  • Easy-to-exchange bearing liners
  • Inch and metric sizes available

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Linear plain bearings

drylin® R linear plain bearings

  • For supported and unsupported shafting
  • High temperatures (up to 482°F), FDA-compliant and other liner materials available
  • Inch and metric sizes available

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Use our Free Service Life Calculator

drylin R shaft configurator

The drylin® R service life calculator is a comprehensive tool
for configuring your linear slide bearing system. Download
CAD files or add to your cart and checkout.

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Liners for a range of applications

drylin R liners

Whether your application is high speed, operates in extreme temperatures ranging from -58°F to 482°F or requires FDA/EU-compliant parts, you can find the ideal plain bearing liner that meets your specifications.

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Contact our drylin® R product expert

Whether you're interested in 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 Matt Mowry at (800) 521-2747.

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