What are Linear Slides?
- Linear slides also referred to as linear guides or linear-motion bearings, are types of bearings that allow smooth and near-frictionless motion in a single axis.
- The working principles of linear slides are based on rolling element bearings, plain surface bearings, and magnetic bearings.
- The bearings, carriage, and guide rails are the major components of a linear slide. Additional components such as drive units, sensors, controllers, lubrication systems, and others make up the whole linear motion guide system.
- The most common types of linear slides are dovetail, boxway, sleeve bearing, linear bushing, linear slide, crossed roller, and ball screw slides.