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New Linear Slide Solution: Low Profile Uni-Guide

September 15, 2010 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by Zach Olson

PBC Linear brings in a new solution to low profile tasks and applications: the Low Profile Uni-Guide (UGA). A economical expansion of the popular Uni-Guide family, the UGA allocates the performance advantages of the larger designs—self-lubricating, maintenance-free, easy assembly—into a compact, 24 mm profile for smooth, reliable and long-lasting linear motion in print/scan, food processing and machine tool applications.

The Uni-Guide family utilizes the proven plane bearing technology of Simplicity®, which allows the carriage to glide smoothly along the slide. The proprietary Frelon liner ensures safe travel over dirt, dust, grime and other particulates without damaging the rail or carriage. Maintenance-free and self-lubricating, the Uni-Guide products require no additional grease or oil and thrive in applications where contamination must be prevented: food processing, lab automation and medical equipment.

Comprised of a simple, two-piece rail and carriage assembly, Uni-Guide products facilitate quick system integration without the mounting components and alignment necessitated by other linear slide products. These competing products, such as re-circulating ball or polymer insert linear slides, use assemblies with multiple rails and components, and require painstaking alignment to ensure uniform parallelism across all assembled rails and carriages. The Uni-Guide family promotes ease of installation by machining two parallel rails in one profile. The one-piece carriage design also simplifies assembly by directly fitting onto the rail without fasteners—saving the end user on cost and reducing tolerance stack-up.  

To ensure precision tolerances are maintained, the rail and carriage of the Low Profile Uni-Guide are
machined by our patent pending SIMO® process. SIMO uses a synchronized tooling system to mill all critical edges concurrently—creating consistently tight tolerances that hold within ±0.001’’ (0.025 mm) for assured
high accuracy travel.

Low Profile Uni-Guide VideoSIMO® also produces specially angled edges along the Low Profile Uni-Guide rail to support clean wash-down without chemical pooling. The angled edges also work with the overall design of the UGA to prevent any contamination from accumulating in the assembly. This makes the UGA a perfect design selection for food processing tasks.

Watch the Low Profile Uni-Guide Video >

Available with hand-brakes for quick manual adjustment and positioning, extended carriages for enhanced load dispersion and standard tap holes for mounting ease, the Low-Profile Uni-Guide is a versatile product that can be tailored to meet
the customers’ needs.

For more information on the Low Profile Uni-Guide, such as more application examples and detailed technical data, please call 1.800.729.9085, email to or visit us at our Uni-Guide dedicated webpage at



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