igus® has extended its Q10 series square guide with the introduction of the drylin® Q20. This new size, with a 20mm profile is ideal for self- supporting and high load applications. The guide’s rigid square profile ensures resistance against twisting, while supporting torque of up to 10Nm in all directions. The bearing clearance can be adjusted manually, allowing the running accuracy to be increased or decreased, depending on the application.

The hollow profile of the drylin® Q20 provides convenient space for services such as compressed air, cables and fluids, and is ideal for use in
confined spaces for example in laboratory equipment, packaging machinery, machine guarding and conveyor systems. Due to the space saving and self-lubricating properties, the drylin® Q20 is also suitable for use in the medical and food & drinks industries.

“Previously, to achieve a linear guide system that is self- supporting and resistant to twisting, we used two parallel circular profile shafts or a classic monorail guide that was often mounted to a support structure, rather than self- supporting,” explains Rob Dumayne, director of igus. “The drylin® Q20 closes this gap for higher loads and is available as a complete system.”

In addition to the adjustable guide carriage, the modular system consists of hard anodised aluminium square profile shafts, available in lengths of up to 4 metres. In addition, the drylin® Q20 guide carriage can be combined with all 20/20 aluminium profile construction systems, commonly used in machine building.The carriage itself offers multiple options for attaching via the use of slots and slot nuts.

Based in Northampton in the UK, and with global headquarters in Cologne, Germany, igus® is the largest producer of injection moulded polymer bearings and reinforced plastic cable carriers in the world. Product lines include industry-leading e-chain cable carriers, chainflex continuous-flex cables, iglidur® plastic plain bearings, igubal® spherical bearings, drylin® linear bearings and guide systems. The company has 26 subsidiaries across 31 countries and employs more than 2150 people worldwide.

With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and continuous-flex cable since 1989, igus provides solutions based on 100,000 products available from stock with between 1,500 and 2,500 new product introductions each year.