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Take The Burden Out of Managing Misalignment in Linear Motion Systems


No one wants a linear bearing to fail prematurely. While many factors can threaten a bearing’s expected life, designers of industrial machines must especially guard against alignment errors between...

​Rollon Seventh-Axis Series Actuators Give Robotic Arms Strength and Flexibility


Rollon Corporation now manufactures linear actuators capable of providing a seventh axis of motion to anthropomorphic six-axis robotic arms with a curb weight of up to five-thousand pounds!...

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Adding a Seventh Axis to Your Robotic System Brings Many Benefits


There’s no disputing that automation technology has changed the face of industrial operations. Nowhere is this more evident than spot welding, assembly and material handling where six-axis...

Telescopic and Linear Guides Have a Home In Specialty Architectural, Decorating Applications


Rollon linear and telescopic rails provide high-quality motion in many types of buildings and furniture. Inside the home, for instance, they provide smooth, precise motion for sliding kitchen...

On-Demand Webinar: How to Specify and Size Electromechanical Linear Actuators


Despite the performance improvement of control electronics and algorithms over the past decade or so to help mask deficiencies in linear actuator selection and application, it is still incumbent on...

Streamlined Robotic Systems Help Manufacturers Combat Waste


Cartesian robots are a particularly attractive automation option for manufacturers with pick-and-place type processes. Their highly precise motion boosts production efficiency, making them a...

Out-of-the-Box Cartesian Robots Help Any-Size Manufacturer Boost Efficiency


Large-scale manufacturers routinely automate processes to maximize efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Until recently, many of the automation technologies that large manufacturers enjoy through...

Selecting an Accurate Telescopic Linear Motion System That Lasts


Designers sometimes try to cantilever a load in order to use a standard linear rail in unsupported areas. This approach may achieve a long load extension, but it comes at a price: bearing wear and...

On-Demand Webinar: Managing Misalignment in Linear Motion Systems


When design engineers evaluate linear bearings, they always ask about performance attributes such as speed, load capacity and lifecycle. Then they want to know the price. It’s rare, however, that...

Selecting Pneumatic Or Rodless Electric Actuators


For some automation applications, it can be difficult to decide if a pneumatic or electric motor-driven actuator is best. Obviously, cost can be a big factor when choosing between the two, with...

Support Structure, Made With Rollon Linear Bearings, Improves Efficiency Of Warehouse Packaging Module


Automation is changing how traditional distribution centers operate. But when it comes to automated technology, you might think about the robots, automated guide vehicles and pick-and-place...

Linear Guides Overcome High-Load Challenge In Security Gates


One specialty of Youngblood Automation, a Michigan-based provider of industrial automation components, is building aluminum extrusion machine guarding and sliding guard fences. Although the...

New Case Study: Laser-Etching Machine Finds Solution In Compact Rail


For over thirty years, CMS Laser has provided laser drilling, cutting and welding capabilities for a range of applications. When one of its customers reported contamination-induced linear bearing...

Rollon’s Gantry Robot Boosts Tire Bead Production


In a recent application, a Rollon gantry robot was used in a pick and-place system that transports finished tire beads to automated carts at the end of a production line. Bartell Machinery Systems,...

New White Paper Explores Hardness Solutions In Linear Motion Rails


When it comes to linear motion rails, a high hardness value is critical. Unfortunately, some rail manufacturing processes don’t impart sufficient hardness to the rails. If hardness doesn’t extend...

New White Paper Explores Adding A Seventh Axis To Your Six-Axis Robot System


Many automated tasks across the automotive, electronics and consumer goods industries are accomplished by sophisticated, six-axis articulated arm robots designed to perform highly precise...

How To Protect Your Actuator From Contamination


Contamination can be tough on your linear actuators. Airborne contaminants can work their way into crevices, causing premature wear and shortening your actuator’s life. Some solutions, like...

Light Rails That Can Stand Up To Heavy Loads


When it comes to linear guides, we’re beginning to see a shift towards lighter rails––not in terms of load capacity, but in terms of the weight of the material. Although this shift translates to...

Rollon Motion Devices Address Rising Demand for Design Simplicity


From industrial automation to robotics, there is a rising demand for motion systems offering greater design simplicity. This trend is being driven by a lack of time and resources, rather than a...

Actuator Requirements For 7th Axis Robotics


Adding a seventh axis to your six-axis robotic system can be beneficial in a number of ways. Your work envelope is expanded, allowing the use of smaller, less-expensive robots. Parts can also be...

Playbook: Linear Bearing Applications


In many industrial applications, linear bearings can fail prematurely due to misalignment of the bearing rails and moving elements, inadequate lubrication of the bearing’s unsealed components or...

Playbook: Avoiding Linear Bearing Failure


When linear bearing systems fail prematurely, the reason almost always involves an overlooked application error.

Coating Considerations: When and Where to Use Electroless Nickel Plating


Deciding if it makes sense to apply a protective coating such as nickel to your linear motion components depends on several factors. Perhaps most important is the work environment your motion...

When to Choose Compact Rail versus Profiled Rail for Reliable Linear Motion


Profiled rail, also known as monorail or ball rail, is a tried and true linear guide system that incorporates small recirculating balls to satisfy tight positioning accuracy requirements. Often...

How To Select The Right Drive Train


When choosing a linear actuator, it’s important to figure out which drive train is best for your application.

Compact Telescopic Rails For High Load Capacities


As you probably know, telescopic rails are an essential component for carrying high loads at full extension in applications such as industrial warehouses and medical imaging systems. At Rollon, we...

Safety-Stroke Improves Actuator Design


When sizing and selecting a linear actuator, you want to start by figuring out how much safety-stroke your application requires. Overlooking safety-stroke early on can lead to design flaws or rapid...

How To Accomplish Predictable, Reliable Linear Motion


Tips for correctly specifying and sizing your actuator

Video: Rollon Motion Box


Our Motion Box 3-axis Cartesian robot system moves a defined distance, with a defined load, in a defined amount of time.

Linear Motion For Robotic Handling in Automated Warehouses


When designing and configuring an automated warehouse, you want to keep the system as light and compact as possible. Depending on the size of your load, there are two common types of automated...

Compact Linear Movement With New Telescopic Actuator


Designed for effective linear movement in a wide range of applications such as the loading and unloading systems of machine tools and long assembly lines, our compact telescopic actuator reduces...

Reduce Engineering Difficulties With Cartesian Robot Systems


Even if you start with a basic setup, gantry systems often require more than 100 hours of engineering activity, including specifying dozens of parts across many vendors. With countless failure...

Robust Actuators Enable Reliable, Repeatable Motion


Since actuators serve as the workhorse of so many applications, they must be reliable. When specifying a Cartesian robot system, the overall quality of your actuator is essential. And picking an...

Understanding Precision In Linear Motion Applications


Every linear application, from simple pick-and-place to circuit board printing, requires some level of precision. This concept, one of the most vital in the world of linear motion, is best...

Tips For Switching Out Linear Guide Profile Rails


Sometimes, design engineers need a new linear guide profile rail for shorter lead times, lower costs and better customer service. And while manufacturers may have similar interchangeable products,...

High Quality Cartesian Robot Systems Make All The Difference


When looking for a robot, system integrators have a host of factors to consider—including load, speed, travel, orientation, available space, positional accuracy and cost. To meet all these...

New Motion Box Cartesian Robot Simplifies Automation Tasks


Because they’re easier to set-up and less expensive than six-axis robots or SCARAs (selective compliance articulated robots arms), Cartesian robots are quickly becoming a more common option for...

Rollon Actuators For Food Packaging Systems


Pactiv, one of the world’s largest producers of food packaging, recently found a good way to improve the productivity of its multi-line inspection system for detecting and rejecting misformed egg...

Rollon Actuators For Injection Molding


Off-the-shelf robots for injection molding parts removal tend to be more expensive and less flexible than those made in-house. For this reason, Stone Plastics & Manufacturing Inc. makes its own...

Pick-And-Place System Delivers Improved Productivity And Safety


Deciding between a gantry and a robot for your application isn’t always as clear-cut as it may seem. To automate a simple, yet time-consuming and potentially dangerous task in its factory, a...

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Rollon Expands Linear and Telescopic Guide Offering With Hegra Takeover


Rollon Corporation has announced the purchase of Hegra, a telescopic and linear guide manufacturer based in Germany. As a result Rollon’s customers worldwide will now have access to 84 additional...

How To Choose The Right Telescopic Bearing


Our telescopic bearings deliver high load capacity and rigidity for applications in harsh industrial environments. If your application requires one, there are some things you’ll want to consider...

More Than Just A Sturdy Linear Actuator


Rollon’s SMART Series Delivers Additional Benefits For Machine Builders

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How to Accomplish Predictable, Reliable Linear Motion


On the surface, it may seem like choosing the right actuator for a given application is an easy task. In reality, however, much more goes into selecting a reliable actuator than you might think.

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Rollon Purchases Tecno Center to Increase Product Line


Rollon recently purchased Italian linear actuator and robotics supplier Tecno Center. With a high level of system design expertise, Tecno Center’s technology gives our integrated partners a greater...

R-Smart

Large actuators for long strokes and high loads


A reliable, low-cost alternative to shop-built automation devices, our new 220 mm R-Smart linear actuator is ideal for large industrial gantries requiring long strokes and high load capacities.

LTH

Telescopic rail for railway and vehicle applications


Combining aspects of our proven Telescopic Rail and Light Rail technologies, our new LTH line of economical telescopic rails combines a high load capacity, resistance to bending and a light weight...

Local Manufacturing Improves Customer Experience


When you need machine components, you usually need them in a hurry to prevent downtime and other production issues. At Rollon, we produce about 75% of our linear guides and motion systems...

What You Missed At IMTS


At this year's IMTS, Rollon's Bob Ward gave a presentation entitle: How to Specify & Size Electromechanical Linear Actuators.

New Rack and Pinion For Vertical Applications and Long Strokes


Ideal for fast, long travel applications with high accuracy requirements, our new R- Plus System rack-and-pinion actuator provides consistent rigidity and high axial forces throughout its stroke.

High Quality Linear Guides in a Hurry


Obtaining quality linear guides could take many weeks – or even months. Every day you are waiting for them to arrive is a day you aren’t shipping your machine.

Belt-Driven Actuators Help Save Space, Money


Engineers are always trying to increase productivity from manufacturing lines. Often times they turn to pricey robots and large pieces of capital equipment for palletizing in-process or finished...

Picking the Right Actuator For Heavy Duty Packaging Applications


The task of selecting, sizing and applying linear actuators involves many variables, from stroke length and duty
cycle to precision and accuracy requirements.

Self-Aligning Linear Guides For Aircraft Seating


When airline passengers travel in coach class, expectations are fairly low with regard to comfort. For example, most seats only offer two positions, straight for takeoff and landing, and a slight...

CAD Models and Drawings Available for ActuatorLINE


Rollon Corporation is pleased to announce the latest addition in its line-up of technical tools and services to help customers more quickly access the information they need in developing their...

Rollon presents the new LTH telescopic rail: full extraction with maximum ergonomics for manual applications


Robust and compact, halfway between a heavy-duty Telescopic Rail and a Light Rail, the new series is ideal for railway and special vehicle applications.

Specifying Actuators For Heavy-Duty Packaging Applications


What does a design engineer or system integrator need to know when selecting actuators for heavy-duty packaging operations?

Specifying Actuators For Clean Room Environments


Selecting the right actuator for use in any manufacturing operation involves a host of application-specific variables, including aspects such as the required stroke length, load capacity,...

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New Linear Actuators Certified For Use In Class 1 Clean Rooms


Rollon’s ONE Series of belt-driven linear units, part of its new ActuatorLINE series, meet the needs of clean room and vacuum applications in demanding semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical,...

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High Quality, Affordable Automation


Rollon’s ECO Series of linear units, part of the company’s new family of ActuatorLINE products, offer designers a range of stroke lengths, load capacities and shuttling speeds to meet a variety of...

New Telescopic Rails For Aircraft Interiors Reduce Weight


In aircraft seating, every ounce counts. And as first and business seats grow more complex, it’s increasingly difficult to meet weight targets. Our new DE Series telescopic rails can help.

Avoid Actuator Overkill, Control Costs


When engineers design motion control systems, they sometimes commit a costly error known as actuator overkill. As its name suggests, this error involves the selection of actuators whose precision,...

Heavy-Duty Linear Actuators For Multi-Axis Jobs


Linear motion applications often involve heavy-duty, multi-axis manipulation of heavy loads at high speeds. A prime example would be palletizing equipment, but many applications have similarly...

Vertical Applications Call For Specialized Linear Actuators


Setting up a dynamic, high-speed linear motion system is challenging enough. Flip it 90° to go vertical, and things get even trickier. In theory, linear actuators should work in any orientation....

ELM Series Actuators Enable Fast, Quiet, Versatile Motion


Making its official debut at the IMTS Show in September, the ELM series of linear actuators is the first member of our new family of ActuatorLINE products. Tested and proven in the European market,...

TT Series Positioning Stages Deliver High-Precision Motion


From semiconductor manufacturing to machine tools, highly precise linear motion determines the success of many demanding applications. To address today’s needs for precise and accurate motion...

New Actuators Complement Our Linear Guides


Many an engineering hour has been spent cobbling together motion systems from individual components that may not have been designed or sized to work together properly. Our own engineers and our...

New Facilities, New Capabilities


All of the engineers and technicians here at Rollon USA are big believers in continuous improvement. So when we had the opportunity to move to a superior manufacturing facility this year, we jumped...

Self-Aligning Linear Guides For Aircraft Seating


Lay flat seats make the skies friendlier with some help from the right linear guides

If you’ve been lucky enough to fly business or first class on an overseas trip, you may have noticed just how complex the seats have become from a linear motion standpoint. The most advanced seats...

Rollon Linear Guides for the Train Industry


To keep the trains running on time, it makes sense to pay attention to the linear guides used throughout today’s railroad and mass transit cars.

Showering Guests with Luxury


Shower Doors Unlimited has carved out a reputation among the architectural and design community for producing unique shower enclosures utilizing creative engineering design and high-end components.

Linear Rails Bear the Weight of New X-Ray Table Applications


Arcoma, one of the world’s leading providers of automatic x-ray equipment, faced the challenge of redesigning one of its flagship products, the Arcoma mobile imaging table, because new applications...

SAS Revolutionizes the Adjustable Bag Gripper Market with Linear Slides


With years of experience in the declining automotive marketplace, SAS Automation in Xenia, OH, did plenty of due diligence before venturing into the consumer products palletizing market.

Medical Moves


Medical imaging systems contain so many high-tech electronic elements that it’s all too easy to overlook the mechanical components that contribute to the success or failure of these systems in the...

Linear Motion Solutions for Trouble-Free Palletizing


With their round-the-clock operating schedules and demanding uptime requirements, the palletizing systems used in packaging plants can challenge the reliability of even the best linear motion...

Changing Linear Bearings Saves $100,000 Annually in Raw Materials and Eliminates Downtime


A manufacturer of ready-to-mount automotive carpeting discovered that for every inch that they can stretch the carpet; the plant could save $100,000 per year in raw materials costs.

Linear Bearing System Adds Critical Extra Space to Mobile Hospital Design


Special Vehicles Company (SPEVCO) of Pfafftown, NC, is regarded as the innovative problem solver in the specialty vehicle industry.

Smooth Motion for Laser Glass Engraving


Automated laser engraving systems make plain glass more beautiful, but not without some ugly linear motion challenges.

Linear Bearings for CNC


The makers of CNC machine tools are not known for skimping on their motion control components, especially those related to spindle movements.

Anticorrosive Coatings Protect Train Components


As economies around the globe continue to confront higher energy prices and population density in large urban centers, the worldwide rail industry is poised for steady expansion and ongoing...

Telescopic Linear Rails Provide Cost-Effective Solution for Heavyweight Mold Transfer System


When a major manufacturer of stone fascias for upscale homes needed to transfer its 300lb mold forms into a spray booth for release coating, they approached TKF Conveyors.

Retail Expansion Demands Unique Motion Control Solution


Photography enthusiasts worldwide are familiar with the name of B&H Photo located at 34th Street and Ninth Avenue in New York.

Avoiding Linear Bearing Failure Series


When linear bearing systems fail prematurely, the reason almost always involves an overlooked application error.

Understanding Installation Differences


For a case in point, consider what’s involved when switching from a ball-rail linear guide to Rollon’s Compact Rail.

Linear Guide Alternatives


In all too many applications, engineers still pick linear guides based on familiarity rather than true accuracy, load and size requirements. And all too often, the most familiar linear guides are...

Avoiding Long Delivery Times


Not all linear guides are created equal when it comes to delivery times. The highest-precision classes of linear guides usually have dramatically longer lead times, especially at lengths beyond...

Linear Motion Delivered


Many industrial products experience supply crunches now and again. Linear guides are a prime example. Anyone who has ordered these crucial motion components over the years knows that delivery times...

Linear Bearing System Provides Cost-Effective Solution for Custom Vehicle Designs


Special Vehicles Company (SPEVCO), based in Pfafftown, NC, has carved out a reputation for itself as a highly innovative problem solver in the specialty vehicle industry.