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5 Steps for Finishing Hevi-Rail® U-Channels

August 21, 2012 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by Dave Walden

5 Steps for Finishing Hevi-Rail® U-Channels

Finishing the steel U-channels for the Hevi-Rail® linear bearing system is an easy operation when following these five steps.

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 Hevi-Rail steel U-channels are available up to 6m long and are supplied in an unfinished, yet ready to finish condition.  Many customers use the rails as a structural element of their design and need the rails finished to a specific color for aesthetics or branding purposes.  There may be some surface rust or corrosion at time of delivery, so follow these five steps to reach the desired results.

Step #1  -  Sandblast the rail to remove any surface oxidation or corrosion.

Step #2  -  Tape off the raceways where the bearing will make contact with the rail.  It is important to have a good clean steel surface for the bearing / rail interface.

Step #3  -  Most rails are powdercoated to desired color and thickness based on the environment rails are to be used.  Powdercoating provides a durable finish that will stand up to most applications.

Step #4  -  Remove the tape and apply a thin film of grease to the raceway.  Learn more about roller bearings and lubrication from this blog post.

Step # 5  -  Install the Hevi-Rail bearings in your heavy duty linear motion system.


Click here to see a video highlighting this and other design tips for the Hevi-Rail Linear Bearings.

Dave Walden



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