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Old Tue 27 April 2010, 15:32
PBCLinear
Just call me: PBC
 
Roscoe (IL)
United States of America
Lightbulb PBC Linear’s Integral V™ aluminiun rails with steel caps

Equipois Inc., a technology company based in Los Angeles provides ergonomic solutions, to reduce injury costs and increase productivity in hand tool applications at major manufacturing companies. Their product, the zeroG® arm allows for heavy tools (grinders, torque wrenches, drills) to be rendered weightless while providing complete range of motion and completely eliminating heavy-lifting! In one of their most recent applications, Equipois approached PBC Linear for a complimentary linear guide system to act as the mounting solution for the zeroG4 arm in a grinding work-cell.

Successful linear guidance for the drilling arm rested on two factors: ease of movement and load handling. The application required a linear system in order for the drill technician to operate the drill in the wide working envelope of the industrial grinding area. Fitted with the grinding tool, the moment load on the slide was 1500 in/lbs and the zeroG® arm system weighed 30lbs. Under this heavy load, the overall system needed to be easily moved by hand, using only 6 lbs of push force at a max speed of 3 ft/sec. For Equipois, ergonomic linear motion mobility was the primary concern; thus they turned to PBC Linear to solve the problem.

Integral V™ Technology (IVT) was the solution for Equipois’s mounting challenge. Introduced as the next generation linear guide, Integral V™ is designed for heavy load support, precise guidance, and smooth travel. Each IVT linear guide aluminum extrusion is precision-machined using PBC Linear’s patent pending SIMO™ process. This creates a stronger, more rigid extrusion that matches the strength of steel—allowing IVT to easily handle high static/dynamic loads. The SIMO™ process machines all critical sides of an aluminum extrusion in one pass, creating a remarkably precise dimensional and form accuracy: flatness .002’’, parallelism ±0.001’’, and straightness ±0.002’’/ft. This eliminates the need for fasteners, and drastically reduces alignment/installation time by half while ensuring high accuracy.

Reduced costs and simplified assembly are very attractive reasons to choose IVT, but the proof lies in the performance. Equipois needed a guide system to support a high roll moment load (the zeroG suspends tools using an extendable/moveable arm attached to the linear guide). Once installed, the Integral V™ linear guide system easily tolerated the required static/dynamic loads (IVT Double Bolt-on tested for roll moment loads of 338 N-m static and 374 N-m dynamic). Gothic arch dual row bearings provided smooth, hand-operated travel of the linear guide; allowing the zeroG™ to be freely used throughout the grinding area under the guidance of the operator’s hand!

Easily adapted into the Equipois system, IVT worked great with the zeroG™. The grinding tool operator could bend, pull, align and grind with ease, and IVT gave enhanced movement and freedom to the tooling area. For more information on Integral V™ Technology (IVT); such as more application examples and detailed technical data, please call 1.800.729.9085, email to marketing@pbclinear.com or visit us at our homepage at IVT.pbclinear.com.

For more information on Equipois zeroG® and their cutting edge technology that reduces injury costs while improving productivity, please visit their website at http://www.equipoisinc.com.
  #2  
Old Tue 27 April 2010, 22:19
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Interesting
  #3  
Old Wed 28 April 2010, 03:57
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Gerald,

It would be interesting to see what the rails cost per foot. I will give them a call later today.
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Old Thu 29 April 2010, 08:44
PBCLinear
Just call me: PBC
 
Roscoe (IL)
United States of America
Arrow Meeting Cost Efficiency with High-Precision—Integral V™

PBC Linear announces their patent pending Integral V™ Technology (IVT) solution, the next generation of linear guides. Integral V™ reduces mounting components, eliinates fasteners and lowers total installed costs while maintaining high precision tolerances (±0.001’’/0.025mm). With multiple sizes in a range of different configurations, Integral V™ is a perfect fit for the following applications:

• CNC tooling
• Sliding utility doors/tables
• Architectural mobility
• Ergonomic machine tooling
• Material transfer

Integral V™ uses hardened steel inserts directly embedded into aluminum structural frames. This eliminates bulky, time-consuming fasteners and tolerance stack-up. Precision machining of the rail is completed by PBC Linear’s proprietary SIMO™ process. SIMO™ concurrently mills out all critical sides of the extrusion in one pass, machining out all naturally occurring inaccuracies along the rail—bow, twist, camber and warp—that are typically and painstakingly corrected in the alignment process. The end product is the smooth and meticulously precise Integral V™ linear guide.

For more information on Integral V Technology, please call 1.800.729.9085, email to marketing@pbclinear.com, or visit us at our IVT dedicated webpage at IVT.pbclinear.com.
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Old Thu 29 April 2010, 09:56
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Gerald,

For the IVTAAS Modular Bolt On, I was quoted a price of $1.46 / inch by a local distributor.
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Old Thu 29 April 2010, 10:52
Regnar
Just call me: Russell #69
 
Mobile, Alabama
United States of America
Nils that kinda adds up in a hurry doesnt it.

Did they mention what the maximum length you could order.
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Old Thu 29 April 2010, 11:11
PBCLinear
Just call me: PBC
 
Roscoe (IL)
United States of America
Good morning Russell,

Lengths for Integral V go up to 4 meters; however they are end-joinable with dowel pins for longer length applications. Some of which have run over 10 meters.

For detailed sell sheets, please visit http://ivt.pbclinear.com.

We provide free PDF downloads for all configurations.

Hope this helps,
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Old Thu 29 April 2010, 13:40
Sergio-k
Just call me: Sergio #61
 
Athens
Greece
I think that the IVTAAS Module could easily be implemented in the MM design.
Are they available in Europe (shipping or European distributor ?).

Last edited by Sergio-k; Thu 29 April 2010 at 13:47..
  #9  
Old Thu 29 April 2010, 13:56
Sergio-k
Just call me: Sergio #61
 
Athens
Greece
found it

http://www.pbclinear.de/pbclinear/
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Old Fri 30 April 2010, 08:52
rayditutto
Just call me: Robin
 
Victoria
Canada
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with respect to cost, where on the spectrum between v-roller with angle iron and linear guides does this product fall?
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Old Mon 03 May 2010, 16:40
PBCLinear
Just call me: PBC
 
Roscoe (IL)
United States of America
Arrow ML Series Provides High-Accuracy Positioning and Drilling in Medical Design

Laboratory and medical equipment manufacturing is centered on precision. When using automated systems to measure samples, accurate positioning and precise travel is key! Recently, PBC Linear was approached to design a fully automated CNC drilling system for laboratory test tube analyzing and storage. In order to ensure precision positioning and drilling, PBC Linear recommended their ML series miniature actuators.

The application required a CNC drilling system that would drill holes on a 12 inch x 12 inch area, creating a peg board. These holes would, in turn, be filled with medical test tubes for safe storage while they await being analyzed in laboratory centers across the country. The medical equipment manufacturer needed a quick, precise and durable mini-positioning system; therefore, PBC Linear designed a complete turnkey solution using three MLB motor driven actuators assembled in a sophisticated XX’Y configuration.

Designed for precision in a small-scale environment, the MLB actuator ensures accurate positioning performance. The mini-actuator comprises a post-processed SIMO™ machined outer profile for precise mounting and durability. This one-of-a-kind machining process allows for fast, simultaneous machining on all critical edges of the body. It also permits the actuator to sustain a lighter weight without sacrificing strength—allowing for a smaller sized (and more affordable) motor. The MLB mini-actuator’s “dovetail” style carriage comprises 14 plane bearing surfaces that provide low friction, smooth motion and quiet travel. Power is supplied by a state-of-the-art stepper motor system for optimum control. The final assembled system is at the pinnacle of both precision and performance.

Moving at a speed of 10 inches/second, the CNC drilling system was able to provide advanced positioning and drilling across the pegboard’s surface area. For more information on the ML series or additional application examples, please call 1.800.729.9085, email to marketing@pbclinear.com, or visit us at our ML series dedicated webpage at ML.pbclinear.com.
  #12  
Old Mon 03 May 2010, 16:56
PBCLinear
Just call me: PBC
 
Roscoe (IL)
United States of America
Smile Integral V™ Cost Comparison

Good afternoon Robin,

Angle iron is very crude by comparison and typically would not be used in similar applications as Integral V™. As far as typical V-Guide rollers are concerned, they provide similar precision to IVT, but end up costing you more in installation due to alignment and mounting components. For a clearer picture of this please visit us at PBCLinear.com and view our resources section.

The LITIVT Comparison Sell Sheet should answer most of your questions. Its located under Integral V Technology in the sell sheets section.

http://www.pacific-bearing.com/SellSheets.aspx

For more information on IVT or any other PBC Linear products, please contact an application engineer at 1.888.962.8979

Thanks for your questions!
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Old Mon 03 May 2010, 22:21
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Quote:
Originally Posted by PBCLinear View Post
Angle iron is very crude by comparison. . .
That is fighting talk!

Your alu rails, after screwing down, will not be any straighter than the iron rails.

Please explain why you deem the angle iron rails to be "very crude".
  #14  
Old Tue 04 May 2010, 00:21
shaper
Just call me: Jed
 
Perth, WA
Australia
Because he's marketing.... hence he avoided the cost question earlier also, though Nils has answered to some degree
  #15  
Old Tue 04 May 2010, 02:36
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
I won't even bother with him... He didn't even bother to find out what this group needs...
He keep inviting us to have a look at their product & didn't even bother to find out the need of this place, i bet he didn't even browse the forum...
I bet he can only guarantee performance for less the 200mm travel. even that will cost an arm, leg, may be a pair of eye... for size of MM Z-slide, we may have to remorgage our house for it...
I recommand to lock this thread away in the dungeon...
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