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The Engineering Basics of Slide Bushings

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Engineers in the packaging industry and those designing automated factory equipment and machines with loaded shafts moving linearly – either back and forth, up and down, or any orientation in between– often rely on slide bushing to support shafts. These bushings, also known as ball slides or linear bearings, handle light to moderate loads and speeds and are less expensive than linear guides which must be purchased as entire assemblies – bearings, housing, supports, and shaft.

In this guide, we’ll review the engineering basics of slide bushings, the anatomy, the styles, lubrication, preload and misalignments.



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