Single Edge Track by Modern Linear

Featured Product from Modern Linear Incorporated


Modern Linear Track is used in conjunction with guide rollers and bushings to create a linear guide within your preexisting machine frame. Single edge track incorporates a 90° v-edge that mates with the guide roller groove. The track profile includes a mounting shoulder, which creates a square edge that facilitates accurate mounting to a base or frame. Standard track is made from AISI 1045 steel and is also available in 420 stainless steel (SS). Typically, two single edge tracks are used in conjunction with four rollers to make-up a linear slide system.

Installed track straightness is critical to the performance of the assembled system. The thin cross section of Modern Linear track makes it easy to setup and install. Track should be straight and parallel to each other when mounted. Each track will conform to the accuracy or straightness of its base or frame. A common practice is to mount one piece of track as straight as possible; then use the carriage to set the position and parallelism of the opposing track.

The v-edge of Modern Linear track is case hardened to 49-52 Rc. The remaining unhardened track is ideal for drilling or other machining. Track is stocked with and without holes in 146" lengths. Stock, drilled track has industry standard hole size and spacing for ease of mounting. Optional custom hole size and spacing are available. Additionally, track lengths up to 22 feet and alternate treatments including black oxide, thin dense chrome, and PTFE coating may be special ordered.

Modern Linear track is completely interchangeable with industry standard track.

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Benefits of Guide Roller Technology

Modern Linear products incorporate the benefits of guide roller technology. Guide roller benefits are numerous compared to competing technologies. They are smooth, fast, quiet, and extremely durable. From DNA scanners to CNC tables to robotics to drawer slides, guide roller components excel in a wide variety of industries and applications. The versatility of guide roller components offer unlimited integration possibilities. Modern Linear guide rollers, bushings and tracks are completely interchangeable with industry standard products. Our guide roller benefits are as follows:

SMOOTH

Linear guide rollers are based on the design of radial ball bearings. The load carrying balls travel in a circular path and are retained and separated from one another. Current ball bushing and ball rail linear systems have a recirculation path that requires the balls to make a quick change in direction. Vibration occurs when the balls collide entering and leaving the load zone.

QUIET

Linear guide rollers are very quiet due to ball separation. The internal ball bearings are separated by a nylon retainer. This feature reduces noise common in recirculating ball systems. Noise is amplified in recirculating guide systems when each ball collides with the next in the ball path.

RUGGED

Rugged. The radial bearings of Modern Linear guide rollers are offered with shields or rubber seals. The seal is superior to wipers common in recirculating ball guides. Debris caught between the wheels and track is wiped away naturally. Ball bushings and ball rails use the shaft or rail as the inner race of the bearing, making them susceptible to contamination failure. 440c stainless steel guide rollers and track are also available for corrosive environments

FAST

Recirculating ball guides are limited by the sharp turn the balls must make as they enter and leave the load zone. Guide rollers are only limited by the rotary speed of the radial bearing. Maximum guide roller speeds are up to 2x faster than ball bushings or ball rails.

ECONOMICAL

Modern Linear guide rollers are simple to design, install and maintain. In operation, the guide system is compliant and forgiving to mis-alignment and machining inaccuracies. These features result in lower initial, installed and total cost.

INDUSTRIES

PACKAGING

Guide roller technology is an excellent choice for contaminated environments often found in packaging and construction equipment. Debris caught between the guide rollers and track is wiped away naturally. These linear motion systems are also extremely durable in shock load conditions. Modern Linear guide rollers are offered with shields or rubber seals for protection against contaminated or moist environments. The seal is superior to wipers common in recirculating ball guides. Additionally, Modern Linear' s Vector linear guide systems are easy to install, and run smoothly on light weight machine frames. Their compliant rail feature eliminates the need for carriage adjustment throughout the life of the system.

MEDICAL

Modern Linear guide rollers are extremely smooth, fast and quiet. The internal ball bearings are separated by a nylon retainer. This feature reduces noise common in recirculating ball systems. The balls are also permanently lubricated and sealed from the environment. Guide rollers are capable of 2x the speed of ball bushings and ball rail guides. Our linear motion systems are only limited by the rotary speed of the radial bearing, while recirculating guides are limited by the sharp turn the balls must make as they enter and leave the load zone. Guide rollers can run without external lubrication between the track and rollers, creating a system which requires little maintenance or adjustment once installed.

ELECTRONICS

Electronic and semiconductor industries utilize many of the benefits of linear motion systems required in medical applications. Smoothness combined with low noise and high speed capabilities are necessary to meet the demands of the semiconductor industry. The circular ball path creates smooth, fast and quiet movement often required by high value wafer processing equipment. Special lubricants and plating options are available to meet the demands of specific semiconductor applications.

COMMERCIAL

Guide roller technology is an excellent choice for a wide variety of industrial machinery and commercial applications. Components are low cost and easy to design for simple mechanisms such as door and machinery enclosure guides. V-groove rollers are compliant and forgiving to machining inaccuracies and misalignment. Our linear motion systems are durable and long lasting in applications where maintenance is infrequent. Modern Linear guide rollers are a good choice when the best answer is a product that’s simple to design, install and maintain.

About Modern Linear

Modern Linear, Inc. was founded by Steve Fulton in 2004. Steve has worked in the linear motion industry for over twenty years designing and selling all types of linear motion products. His experience includes working for industry leaders that produce ball bushings and profile rail technology, as well as Teflon bushings and guide rollers. This experience led Steve to start a company devoted to guide roller components and guide roller technology.

Modern Linear's goal is to improve the performance of automated equipment. To achieve this we develop products that offer superior longevity, improve machine performance, and lower operating costs. Our customer service goals are to always ship from stock or with the shortest manufacturing lead times in the industry. Our mission is to provide all of our customers with high quality, durable products and outstanding customer service

Wounded Warrior Project

Modern Linear products have been specified on a wide variety of machinery, including military equipment. We are grateful for this business and feel a responsibility to support our troops. Modern Linear donates a portion of our profits to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. It goes without saying that the men and women who are wounded or killed fighting for the freedom of others make the most important and ultimate sacrifice. The same goes for the families of those who serve.

Customer supplied fasteners are used to create the carriage assembly. The adjustable bushing has an offset hole for the fastener. The offset from the center line equals the maximum distance of adjustability. The minimum adjustable range is 0.012 inches for the size 1 bushing, and the maximum adjustable range is 0.060 inches for the size 4XXL bushing. Modern Linear guide roller bushings are designed to accept common fasteners. When assembled, the hex head is turned to adjust the fit of the guide roller to the track. The fasteners are tightened down to lock the bushing in place, when ideal fit is achieved. When possible, concentric bushings should be positioned to carry the majority of the load. This offers maximum versatility of carriage design.

The adjustable and stationary bushings are available for each of the five guide roller sizes. Standard bushings are made from 4L12 steel with an electroless nickel plating. 304 stainless steel bushings are also available. Standard height bushings are designed to accept a standard open-end wrench to make adjustments. Low head bushings are available for compact applications.

Additionally, Modern Linear bushings are completely interchangeable with industry standard guide roller bushings.

Here you will find the CAD Flles for all of Modern Linear's Linear Guides and Components

Vector Trio Linear Guide

Single Edge Track

Double Edge Track

Double Track Linear Guide

Vector Quad Linear Guide

Guide Rollers

Guide Roller Bushings