IKO's C-Lube Linear Way ML/MLF is a ball style, rolling guide for use in linear motion applications requiring smooth travel and maintenance-free operation.

The C-Lube lubricating element features a unique capillary system consisting of a porous resin sleeve and steel backing, formed by sintering fine resin powder and impregnating a large oil supply into its open pores. As the steel balls circulate within the slide unit, lubricant is continuously distributed to the balls and then the track rail as the bearing travels.

The result is maintenance-free operation guaranteed for five years or 20,000 km, and reduced environmental impact due to the small amount of oil required. C-Lube is incorporated inside the slide unit, keeping size and weight to a minimum. Further, C-Lube has no contact with the track, thereby facilitating smooth motion with no increase in rolling resistance.

Beyond trouble-free lubrication, the Linear Way ML is interchangeable: Stainless steel slide units and track rails may be ordered separately and assembled to make a set as required. Slide units are available in several lengths (up to four!), and in a range of accuracy classes and preload settings that may be tailored to the application. The ML comes in track widths of 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 20, and 25 mm, while the MLF (wide track style) is available in widths of 6, 10, 14, 18, 24, 30, and 42 mm.

Track rail length may be specified as needed, and track lengths may be butt-jointed for longer travel needs. Special materials are also available, such as silicon nitride ceramic balls in the slide unit for high-speed operation, low noise, and improved rigidity. A nonmagnetic style is an option for use in semiconductor and liquid crystal manufacturing and inspection.

The C-Lube Linear Way ML/MLF is suited for a host of applications, from semiconductor manufacturing to packaging and optical inspection equipment. Click here for more information.



About IKO

IKO is a world leader in needle roller bearings and linear motion rolling guides and was the first Company in Japan to initiate technical developments on the needle roller bearing. Compared with traditional ball bearings and other roller bearings, the needle roller bearing is small in size and light, but offers a very high load capacity. Needle roller bearings help to make the overall equipment more compact, thus saving money and resources. IKO has also developed a range of linear motion rolling guide units for applications that require extremely high levels of precision, such as semiconductor manufacturing equipment. 

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