Conclusion: Over a length of 1 meter, IVT linear guides are able to save the customer 27% on material costs. This is due to the hardened steel embedded raceways; which are permanently adhered to the aluminum extrusion without the need for fasteners. IVT’s innovative design and proprietary machining process allow for enhanced performance without enhanced component inventory. Using half of the fasteners required for V-guide technology, IVT provides precision linear guidance, smooth travel and sophisticated operation.
3. Installation and Alignment Pains
The design is specified and the materials are ordered. The final step is to install the system. With V-guides, the installation process is complex, requiring constant checking and re-checking alignment of the V-guide rails to the machining plate and the machining plate to the aluminum extrusion. IVT’s simplified design eliminates tolerance stack-up; which also reduces alignment issues.
As shown above, V-guides’ additional components cause steadily increasing variance and inaccuracies for the linear guide application. However, installation requires more than alignment.
Conclusion: As shown in the Figure above, IVT saves the customer on time, cost and labor. This next-gen linear guide product is easy to specify, saves on materials, and installs in a fraction of the time versus the older technology. How is it able to accomplish this? IVT’s competitive edge begins with PBC Linear’s proprietary SIMO™ process (Simultaneous Integral Milling Operation). SIMO ensures accurate travel and precision by concurrently machining all qualified edges at once. This process rectifies the natural bow twist and camber variance in aluminum extrusions. V-guides, relying on outdated and expensive machining techniques, dramatically increase a customer’s labor and production costs.
In the example application, IVT delivers a 47% overall cost savings over the traditional V-guide product. But does this make it more reliable? The proof is the performance. IVT saves on cost NOT because it’s a substandard product, but because it re-imagines the design of the traditional linear guide. IVT is designed to hold tight tolerances (±0.001"/0.025mm), precise parallelism (±0.001"), and machined straightness (±0.002"/ft). This allows IVT to deliver sophisticated, reliable and smooth linear guidance for several applications and industries. Available in multiple different profile structures along with custom options, IVT is shown to be more versatile than competing technologies.