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Tech spot #7: Linear motion

Thursday 11 Jun 2015

Re-writing what’s possible in the world of movement

Tech spot #7: Linear motion by WAN Editorial
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Linear motion is movement along a straight line. It is the most basic form of all motion and it is being used in modern buildings with increasing frequency 

Linear motion provides dynamic interaction with previously inanimate objects, and although we all use things that require linear motion, it seems most of do so without even realising.

The cavemen had the original idea to move items on rollers – but now we can use ball guides or, products like, the V guide pioneered by Hepco to move products quickly, easily and economically.

Linear Motion is the movement of any object on any axis – invariably using a guide or track. So this means anything you use, or anything the UK manufactures that needs to move up and down or side to side, requires linear motion.

Most applications tend to be with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) in a traditional manufacturing environment, but we are also seeing more and more linear movement within designs for art installations, architecture and the entertainment industry. Perhaps Linear Motion will soon become a normal phrase for the non-engineer!

Great examples of linear motion within the wider public realm are the moving panels recently installed at the Tate Modern and the David Cerny art installation in Prague.

Also projects such as designing stage equipment that moves within the music and entertainment industries as well as moving screens in museums.

Even traditional ways of using Linear Motion are changing. The new Hepco 1-trak product is adapting motion into small spaces and increasing productivity with any 2-dimensional shape now achievable.

The size of rings, track or actuators, available are ever increasing - with the Driven Linear System able to make up to 50m of track. This is one reason why linear motion can now be considered for wider applications such as TV & film. Systems are also getting faster and more accurate which means that the higher levels of market demand from the products can be met.

Hepco pioneered the V guide, which is a unique linear guide based on the V principle – this consists of a hardened and ground steel plate with V edges captivated between pairs of V ball bearings. 

The variation in peripheral speed across the contact surfaces causes debris to be expelled from the system. So not only can the slide system withstand arduous operating environments but it is also virtually frictionless and extremely easy to install.

The trend in architecture for sliding doors and windows as well as unique designs for moving walls means that customers are demanding products that help move all kinds of projects in new and interesting ways. This demand will only increase in future as increasingly ambitious projects are undertaken.

Giles Forster


Hepco Motion

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