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Motion Control – USDA Certified Stand-Off Bearing Flange Blocks with Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Hybrid Bearings, Set New Standard for Performance and Hygienics!

Motion Control – USDA Certified Stand-Off Bearing Flange Blocks

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E. Longmeadow, MA – Motion Control – FDA/USDA Certified, two, three and four post, Stand-Off Bearing Flange Blocks are setting a new standard for performance and Hygienics. These new Stand-off bearing flange blocks now available from LM76 reduce the surface area where mold and bacteria can thrive, even from the most through sanitizing operations. Long life Hybrid Stainless Steel Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Ceramic Ball Bearings in Stainless Steel bearing blocks are coated with a smooth non-water absorbing polyamide coating certified by EHEDG, USDA, and 3-A.

Motion Control – Select XTREME 6000, Full Ceramic Radial Bearings from CERAMICSPEED for Extreme Environment Applications!

Motion Control – Full Ceramic Ball Radial Bearings

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E. Longmeadow, MA — Motion Control – The XTREME 6000 ZrO2 Series of Full Ceramic Radial Bearings from CeramicSpeed are designed to provide levels of performance in extreme environments beyond the capabilities of steel and even hybrid bearings. The complementing components of these bearings were carefully selected to provide the highest levels of performance in high temperatures, and adverse environments such as: Submerged in water, high pressure steam, chemicals, and caustic fluids.

Motion Control – Hybrid Linear Bearings for the Times Bearing Failure Just Can Not be Allowed to Happen!

Motion Control – Ceramic Hybrid Linear Bearings
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E. Longmeadow, MA – Motion Control – Linear Motion – Pegasus Hybrid Linear Bearings for the times Bearing Failure just can not be allowed to Happen!  That is the the time when Down-Time is more costly then the price of the bearings.
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Motion Control – Linear Guide Systems Move 1200 Lb. Loads At Speeds Of 30 Feet Per-Second!

Motion Control – High Speed Block and Rail Sets
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E. Longmeadow, MA – Motion Control – Two new series of high speed, low cost, compact linear guide systems called, “Speed Guides,TM” have been introduced by LM76. The Speed Demon OSG type and Speed Demon SG type linear guide systems are designed for speeds up to 10 m/sec. (32.8 ft/sec.), accelerations to 50 m/sec.2 and loads up to 5600 N. (1259 lbs.). These quiet, low profile guide systems are ideal for: High speed assembly and sorting operations, pick and place robots, industrial, office, and packaging machines, vacuum applications, and medical equipment (including patient care devices).

Motion Control – Say “Goodbye” to Grease Guns with CeramicSpeed Bearings!

Motion Control – SLT Dry Lube

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Motion Control – Lubrication, Lubrication Systems have always been a required – but less than desirable – facet of bearing life. What if you could go Lube-Free. For more information, call Mike Quinn 617-538-8756 email: mquinn@LM76.com

Motion Control – Application – CERAMICSPEED Hybrid Bearings Provide 8 Times Longer Life for Canner!

Motion Control – Hybrid Ceramic Bearings Application

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Motion Control – CERAMICSPEED Hybrid Radial Bearings are designed for environments of high humidity, have been approved in accordance with FDA 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulation covering medicine and food), and have an EC No. 1935/2004 authorization. Superior life and performance when compared to bearings made from just stainless steel, these Bearings feature very smooth ceramic balls that will not deform or spall under high loads, and synthetic material ball cages.

Motion Control – CERAMICSPEED Radial Bearings Are FDA and EC1935 Approved for Medicine and Food Production and Preparation!

Motion Control – Hybrid Ceramic Ball Radial Bearings

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Motion Control – CERAMICSPEED Hybrid Radial Corrotec/CorroCoat Bearings are designed for environments of high humidity, have been approved in accordance with FDA 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulation covering medicine and food), and have an EC No. 1935/2004 authorization. Superior life and performance when compared to bearings made from just stainless steel, Corrotec/CorroCoat Bearings feature Stainless Steel races with CorroCoat, a coating with extremely high corrosion resistance and friction suppressant properties, hard, very smooth ceramic balls that will not deform or spall under high loads, and synthetic material ball cages.

Motion Control – Self-Lubricating – Linear Motion – Double Flange Block Series Bearings

Motion Control – Minuteman Flange Blocks

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Motion Control – Deep Groove Stainless/Ceramic Hybrid Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Radial Ball Bearings for High Loads Are FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant!

Motion Control – Hybrid Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Radial Ball Bearings

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E. Longmeadow, MA – Motion Control – XYZ and Theta – Deep Groove Hybrid Radial Ball Bearings featuring Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Ceramic balls from LM76 complement their broad range of linear bearings that are FDA/USDA/3A Dairy compliant. These Deep Groove Stainless/Ceramic Hybrid Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Radial Ball Bearings are ideal for the extreme environments experienced in the food, drug, and dairy industries. Capable of high speeds, high radial and axial loads, 24/7 duty cycles, and extreme sanitizing procedures such as high pressure washdown, and caustic foaming agents.

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

Motion Control Application – Truck Wheel Buffing Machines

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The Application –

Motion Control – 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 motion control 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 motion control 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 – LM76’s SLIDE RAIL 2 Featuring Advanced INJECT2 Technology!

Motion Control – Advanced Block & Rail System

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E. Longmeadow, MA – – Motion Control – Linear Motion – Advanced Linear Block and Rail System – SLIDE RAIL2 is both novel and innovative. Unlike injection molded, plastic-lined block and rail systems, INJECT2 Technology’s unique properties ensure higher loads, 1/2 the coefficient of friction and increased toughness for shock, vibration and contamination. INJECT2 Technology’s low friction, self-lubricating sliding surface guarantees smooth, quiet and contamination proof operation.

Motion Control – ZrO2 Zirconia Ceramic Radial Ball Bearings For High Loads available from LM76 are FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant!

Motion Control – Zirconia Ceramic Radial Bearings
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E. Longmeadow, MA — Motion Control – LM76 has announced the release of their new line of Radial Ball Bearings featuring ZrO2 (Zirconia) Ceramic balls. To Complement LM76’s broad range of Linear Bearings that are FDA/UDSA/3A Dairy compliant, as well as linear bearings for extreme environments; they have added Deep Groove bearings which accommodate radial and axial loads, Angular Contact bearings for simultaneously handling radial and axial loads, Spherical Bearings which are self aligning, and Thrust Bearings for high axial loads. Each of the four types of metric bearings are available in a wide range sizes.

Motion Control – CERAMICSPEED Radial Hybrid Bearings Prevents Arcing!

Motion Control – Hybrid Radial Bearings

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E. Longmeadow, MA – — Motion Control – CeramicSpeed Insulated ball bearings are custom made for electrical motors and your guarantee against damage caused by stray currents.

The ceramic balls used for this product series are non-conductive and have an insulating ability of 15 kV per mm – higher than that of atmospheric air.

Bearings from competing manufacturers with an insulating coating typically have an insulating ability of up to 1 kV; provided that the coating is not damaged – for example when the bearing is mounted. In practice this protection isn’t always sufficient, meaning that these bearings are also vulnerable to damage by stray currents.

In addition to being protected from the passage of electrical currents, the operating temperature is 10-20 °C lower, and the resulting is a bearing life typically 4-8 times longer than traditional steel bearings.

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About LM76

Founded in 1976, LM76 has been a leading designer/manufacturer of motion control linear bearings, slides and linear motion systems. LM76 is renowned for its industry leading Minuteman Teflon® 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

About LM76 and “The Engineering Edge”

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.

When others think catalog …   … LM76 thinks solution!

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 – The Minuteman  Series, Teflon® Composite Bearings Are Now Available As A Twin Pillow Block Linear Rail Assembly!

Motion Control – Teflon® Composite Twin Bearing/Pillow Block Rail Assembly!

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Motion Control – Save time and energy by ordering one or more MinutemanTM M-SRBT Twin Pillow Block Linear Rail Assemblies from LM76. Recognized by engineers, machine builders, and retrofitters, the MinutemanTMSeries of Teflon® composite bearings from LM76 are ideal for applications that involve linear, rotary, and/or oscillating motion. The self lubricating Minuteman Series composite bearings can handle 10 times the load, has a very low coefficient of friction, dampen vibrations, tolerates shock, and are lower in cost than that of conventional linear ball bearings.

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These composite bearings can be submerged, washed down with water, high pressure steam, or chemicals, and can operate in harsh, abrasive, and contaminated environments.

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.

Motion Control – Linear Motion Roll-Slide Mini from LM76

Motion Control – Miniature Linear Slide

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Motion Control System for Semiconductor Manufacturer Withstands Corrosive Vapors In Plating Operation!

Motion Control – Stages for Corrosive Environments

Linear Motion System from LM76 for corrosive Plating Line

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Linear Motion – The above twin Linear slide system was designed for a large manufacturer of semiconductors. The vapors from a plating operation were so corrosive that linear components were failing within months of installation. LM76 designed a motion control system which was predominately stainless while some components were nickel plated.  LM76’s polymatrix, ball screw nut was a major improvement over a competitor’s system which employed a standard re-circulating ball nut.

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Motion Control – Linear Bearings Compared

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E. Longmeadow, MA – LM76’s high speed, “Black Racer,” ceramic coated linear bearings out perform linear ball bushing and linear polymer bearings in high speed and high acceleration/deceleration applications. These drop in replacement linear bearings are designed to be used in standard open and closed pillow blocks. “Black Racer” linear bearings are ideal for: Rocket sleds, crash test systems, and other high speed, high acceleration application.

Automation – Linear Motion Control Application – LM76 Jet Rail Bearings & Shafting

Linear Motion Control Application – How Would You Position Components Of An Experimental Reactor Vessel Weighing 33 Tons?

Easy … Using Custom made LM76 Jet Rail Bearings and Shafting!

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Linear Motion Control Application – When a privately funded research company was ready to move from their original Proof of Concept to a sustainable fusion reactor to produce clean sustainable energy, they realized that extremely heavy components would need to be assembled and disassembled and reassembled again for design modifications and maintenance. The completed assembly would be the length of two buses and easy alignment of the individual components would be critical.

The main reactor, the fusion containment chamber that is capable of containing a plasma medium of 10 to 15 million degrees is made of non-magnetic stainless steel as are many of the components. The Plasma Medium could be described as a football shaped blob about 1 meter in diameter by 2 meters long. The plasma medium is injected from each end of the reactor assembly by Plasma Guns.

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See photo to right – On each end of the assembly is a Plasma Gun. The Plasma Guns as are all the floor lever components, are positioned using LM76 Jet Rail Bearings and shafting. The Jet Rail Bearings and Shafting can be seen near to bottom of the picture.

In addition to the reactor, high energy particle beam generators are positioned at angles to the fusion containment chamber. These particle bean generators form and suspend the plasma medium for an indefinite period of time in the center of the containment chamber. These generators have to be easily positioned – by hand – to accommodate adjustments and re-assembly.

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See photo to the left – Neutral-Beam Injectors are positioned around the Reaction Chamber to position and shape the Plasma Medium. These are also moved into position on LM76 Jet Rail Bearings and Shafting.

In addition to supporting the weight of the components, the bearings selected to move these massive loads during the construction and testing of the fusion reactor would have to be non-magnetic. Working with engineers, LM76 developed a custom 3 inch Jet Rail Bearing designed to carry both the weight of the fusion reactor and the high energy particle generators. In addition LM76 supplied precision ground, 3 inch 303 stainless steel (non-magnetic) shafting.

The custom manufactured Jet Rail Roller Blocks and 303 stainless steel shafting simplified the assembly/disassembly of the fusion containment chamber and components while ensuring critical alignment throughout travel.

This breakthrough fusion reactor is still in the experimental stage. A commercially viable reactor would need to contain 100 million degrees. Why is the project so important? Because in addition to producing sustainable energy, its only by-product is, environmentally safe, “helium ash.”.

 

See photo below – The drawing below shows all the components in place. The assembly is 60 meters long and supported on LM76 jet Rail Bearings and Shafting.

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For additional information about Jet Rail Linear Bearings and Shafting from LM76 go to: http://www.lm76.com/jet_rail.htm

About LM76:LM76 was founded on engineering innovation. Our first product, the ceramic coated linear bearing, was the “original” replacement for linear ball bearings – 1976. LM76’a hallmark is Engineering Excellence. Whether it’s a linear sleeve style bearing, a ball linear bearing, a roller bearing block or a complete linear slide, LM76 will design around your application and choose the correct technology and the best possible product. We design SUCCESS. For more information, call Mike Quinn

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

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

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E. Longmeadow, MA – Linear Motion Application – Automation – 

The Problem –

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An LM76 customer is a manufacturer of loading dock ramps. These automation 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.

The Answer –

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LM76 was called to review the situation and asked to come up with a recommendation. Given that their customers had a very large installed base, the cost of changing out the design format with a new design was out of the question. Thus, LM76 had to come up with the best possible fix that would allow for a fast and uncomplicated field retrofit package.

First, LM76 changed out the original steel shaft with a 44c stainless steel shaft. Although the 440c is more corrosive resistant than the steel, it has carbon introduced into its chemistry so that it can be case hardened (required for linear bearings). For additional hardness (fromRc60 to Rc78) and superlative corrosion resistance we coated the shaft with a special thin dense chrome. For a direct plug-in bearing LM76 chose a 440c stainless steel linear ball bearing with special scraper seals.

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: , Fax: 413-525-3735 or E-Mail: mquinn@lm76.com or visit the website at http://www.lm76.com

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