POY Finalist: Profile rail linear guides
Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
The 400 Series Profile Rail Linear Guides deliver linear motion in automation applications. The 400 Series is available in 4 meter lengths, in sizes from 15–45 mm in 5-mm increments, for extended joint-free rail transfer, even in smaller-sized applications.
Double-faced ball track bearing arrangements allow for compliance to simplify installation, and enable equal load-carrying capacity in all directions. The 400 Series is available with standard or ball cage carriages that use the same rail design. The 400 Series is rated to handle loads ranging from 9800 N to 129,500 N.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.