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The Engineering Edge – High Speed Linear Motion – Sleeve Style Linear Bearings

Motion Control – Sleeve Type Linear Bearings
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LM76 has two standard options for sleeve-style linear bearings when replacing linear ball bearings. Same format, dramatically different results. Read more »

Motion Control – Pegasus Linear Bearings – For the Time A Linear Bearing Simply Cannot Fail!

Motion Control – Hybrid Ceramic Ball Linear Bearings

For those times when a Linear Bearing “CANNOT” Fail!

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Motion Control – LM76 has developed the most corrosion resistant linear bearing available. In space, deep under the sea, or in the harshest environments, when there can be no “Plan B,” Pegasus Series 1 Linear Ball Bearings can be counted on to perform. In some applications linear bearings will not move for days, weeks, months or even years, however, when called on to perform they must work as if they just came out of the box. LM76’s Pegasus Series 1 Linear Bearings feature Silicon Nitride (SiNi) Ceramic Balls in a shell with retainer and end caps all made from 440 Stainless Steel and then ArmorloyTM coated. Read more »

Motion Control – FOODSTREAM Pillow and Flange Blocks From LM76 Are FDA/USDA and 3A-Dairy Compliant!

Motion Control – FDA/USDA/3a Dairy Compliant Products

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E. Longmeadow, MA — Motion Control – FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant Motion Control Components – Linear Motion – FOODSTREAM electroless Nickel plated pillow and flange blocks from LM76 are FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy compliant linear motion components.

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They complement LM76’s line of FDA compliant bearings, scraper seals, and shafting. FOODSTREAM off-the-shelf pillow and flange blocks are ideal for use in processing and packaging food, producing pharmaceuticals, the BioPharma industry, and in medical devices. Inch size FOODSTREAM pillow blocks are available in single and double length sizes, and as closed or open models in sizes from .5 in. to 1.5 in. Electroless Nickel protects the aluminum base from corrosive liquids, harsh caustic wash down chemicals, and biological fluids. Read more »

Motion Control – “Basic Linear Slides” Are: Prealigned, Precision, Low Cost, and Shipped the Same Day!

Motion Control – Single & Dual Axis Linear Slides

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E. Longmeadow, MA – Motion Control – New! Precision! Low cost! “Basic Linear Motion Slides” from LM76 are available with self lubricating, MinutemanTM Series, Teflon® composite bearings or exceptionally low friction steel jacketed linear ball bearings. The “Basic Linear Slide” consist of 2 precision drilled end blocks, 2 pieces of hard chrome steel shafting, and a single 2 bearing or double 4 bearing block that is predrilled for easy, “Plug & Play,” integration into new and existing applications. Read more »

Motion Control – Linear Motion – How Do You Move Articles of Antiquity?

Motion Control – Linear Bearings Application
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Motion Control Application – How Do You Move Articles of Antiquity?

Very Carefully With A High Load Rail System from LM76!

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E. Longmeadow, MA – — Motion Control Application -The Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has to move articles of antiquity from one location to another. In this instance, they are moving a 5000 year old relief (hieroglyphics) weighing 8000 pounds to a new location in the Museum. Here is a frontal photo of the Relief from The Tomb of Senenuka.

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Part of wall from tomb of Senenuka; nine stones fitting together and including two niches; lower left piece smooth limestone; upper far left preliminary black ink sketch; right of this sketch is a complete relief showing two seated figures; central piece has large scene of seated male on the left and other smaller male figure to the right; upper far right male figure relief outline; left of this again a scene of two seated figures at a table.

Senenuka Time of Khufu or Khafre (Maybe Dyn 5?) Overseer of the Pyramid-town of Khufu, Director of King’s wad-priests, Boundary official of a settlement, etc. Read more »

Linear Motion Control Application – Polishing Machine’s Linear Ball Bearing Failures Solved by LM76!

Linear Motion Control Application – Truck Wheel Buffing Machines

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The Application –

Polishing Aluminum Truck Wheels is done with a polishing machine that has a 36″ vertical stroke indexer, having a 2500 pound load moving @ 4″ per second. The polishing media is like toothpaste with glass in it. It is extremely abrasive, and sticky/tacky.
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The Problem –

The industrial buffing system is chewing-up linear ball bearings and spitting them out every 2 weeks! This is the situation one of customers found themselves in while for years accepting lost production and costly maintenance shutdowns. When LM76 got a call from a proactive new maintenance manager, we were eager to try a scraper seal design we had recently had success with on another application.

Originally, these systems came with protective bellows which helped keep polishing media from contaminating the 2″ linear ball bearing pillow blocks. According to our maintenance manager, once a bellow was damaged, it was removed and thrown away. Maintenance personnel so disliked having to take off and reinstall bellows that they mysteriously disappeared. Even with protective bellows, aluminum dust mixed with polishing media formed what one mechanic termed, “toothpaste with glass in it.”This abrasive “lapping compound”would stick to shafting, dry and semi-harden. As a bearing rolled along, polishing media would penetrate it’s seals “sliming” balls and clogging ball tracks. This would quickly lead to bearing failure and shaft brinneling (grooving). Needless to mention, routinely replacing linear ball bearings and more costly shafting was too much for the new maintenance manager who called LM76 for help.

The Solution –

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For this application, we chose our Black Racer Ceramic Coated Linear Bearing. This bearing is extremely tough, is of one piece construction (no mechanical components, no catastrophic failure mode or shaft grooving) and has the longest life test we know of on record. Like linear ball bearings, Black Racer requires lubrication.

John Tarbell (President of LM76), specified a zero clearance beryllium copper scraper seal. Beryllium copper is exceptionally ridgid, extremely hard and wear resistant. The Beryllium copper would trap lubricant and distribute it as a fine, uniform film on the shaft. This film reduces friction, disperses heat and wets shafting. The wetted shaft surface forms a barrier between media and steel – keeping polishing media from cleating into disparities on the shaft (remaining peaks and valleys). Tarbel, said, “A Zamboni doesn’t lay down an inch of ice, it fills in the skate marks.” When the scraper travels on the shaft, it easily lifts the media and moves it along to the end of the stroke. Unlike linear ball bearings, Black Racer has no balls so some residual “slime” is easily accommodated. (Seen below, the beryllium scraper seal is captured between the bearing counter-bored face and the machined steel end cap.) Admittedly, a heavy interference fit dramatically raised system friction but was mitigated because the system is hydraulically driven – driving force is not an issue.

Staying within the form factor of the original OEM design–standard roundway pillow block and shafting–we chose our direct drop-in 2″ closed pillow block and Black Racer Ceramic Coated bearing coupled with our 2″, Class L Rc60 Case Hardened Shafting. Tarbell then designed a steel end cap retainer ring that pinned the beryllium scraper seal against the bearing face.

Note: The bearing leading and trailing faces have machined counter-bores to locate and capture the back of the scraper seal. To keep the retainer ring secured to the pillow block, set screws were positioned on both sides and driven into a slot machined into the OD surface.

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About LM76

Founded in 1976, LM76 has been a leading designer/manufacturer of linear bearings, slides and linear motion systems. LM76 is renowned for its industry leading Minuteman PTFE Composite linear bearings. LM76 is a leading supplier of precision linear shafting: RC60, 300 Series Stainless Steel, and ceramic-coated aluminum shafting. LM76 also offers several FDA/USDA compliant linear bearings and slides for the food processing, pharmaceutical, medical, and packaging industries.

For additional information contact Mike Quinn at: LM76, 140 Industrial Dr., E. Longmeadow, MA 01028; Telephone: 413-525-4166, Fax: 413-525-3735 or E-Mail: mquinn@lm76.com or visit the website at http://www.lm76.com

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Motion Control – Application – In “Off-Roading” LM76’s Black Racer Bearing is a Winner!

Motion Control – Application – Ceramic Linear Bearings

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Motion Control – Anyone who’s worked on cars knows how critically important ball joints are to steering and suspension. They also know what happens when ball joints fail!

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E. Longmeadow, MA – — Motion Control – Application Story – When an aftermarket manufacturer of off-road steering and suspension systems needed an upper ball joint bearing, they called LM76. These systems are purchased by off-road vehicle owners who want to upgrade their OEM steering and suspension units for hard-hitting environments. Pounding, shock, sand and debris are all part of the mix when it comes to extreme off-roading and LM76 Black Racer bearings are right at home. According to company engineers, after a year of brutal testing, Black Racer met all design goals and exceeded expectations. Read more »

Linear Motion Control – Roll-Slide Mini from LM76

Linear Motion Control – Miniature Linear Slide

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Linear Motion Application – Loading Dock’s Corrosion Problem – Solved by LM76!

Linear Motion Application – Overcoming Loading Dock Corrosion Problems

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The Problem –

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An LM76 customer is a manufacturer of loading dock ramps. These systems are installed in every state and experience all climates and conditions. Each dock section employs a 1″ shaft and linear bearings for length adjustment. Delivery trucks are side-loaded so the platform is adjusted outward to meet the truck body so loaders/unloaders have a safe walkway between building and truck. If the ramp cannot be properly adjusted because its rusted, frozen solid, gaps between the loading dock and the truck body become fall-through hazards for workers.

Why is this system failing? In many northern facilities, accumulated snow and ice are sprayed down with glycol and then salt. The system originally used Rc60, 1060 steel shafting and standard steel shelled, 52 100 linear ball bearings. A bad choice for such a tough, corrosive environment. Quickly, these systems were rendered useless, frozen in place, and hazardous. Read more »

Motion Control – Application – FDA/USDA Compliant Linear Bearings Are – “THE” Only Solution!

Motion Control – FDA/USDA Compliant Application

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E. Longmeadow, MA – — Motion Control – Application. What do you do when you’re linear actuator bearings are including cheese debris? Particularly when your cheese slicing system requires FDA/caustic washdown compliance and FDA inspectors are on site reviewing all process operations for included debris which can propagate harmful bacteria. Read more »