As cutting speeds increase, so do component lifetime requirements. This two-stage wiper cleans and lubricates to extend ball screw life.
Problem: Precision-ground ball screws designed for 300 to 400 million revolutions once ensured long life. Today, high-speed cutting machines can reach those numbers within a year, and need added protection from adhesive and abrasive wear.
Solution: Segmented plastic wipers, in combination with a continuous felt ring. During operation, pre-loaded finger-type seals clean the shaft, guiding abrasive contaminants away via beveled edges. A liquid lubricant, oil, or grease - stored and distributed by the felt ring - protects against the adhesive effects of micro-welding.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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