Lubrication-free igus linear guides for innovative furniture design

Apprentice carpenters from the Bergisch Gladbach Vocational College made
furniture using the lubrication-free drylin sliding linear guides from igus. By
doing so, the trainees demonstrated that industrial design combined with a
Scandinavian look made for unique furniture.

The lubrication-free drylin sliding linear guides allow smooth and
maintenance-free movements in a bedside table with a linear guided element as
well as in a coffee table with a pull-out unit.

As part of the machine course at the Cologne Chamber of Trade, 24
trainees from the Bergisch Gladbach Vocational College had the task of
producing a small range of furniture within five days.

“On the course, the carpenters should learn how to handle the various
machines, such as a bench milling machine,” says Frank Monschau, master
carpenter and trainer at the Cologne Chamber of Trade.

Over a period of several weeks, the trainees designed the furniture
themselves with impressive results: a pull-out bedside table and a coffee table
with a rotating drawer and drawer opening.

“We consulted the igus catalogue for the pull-out elements, because for
years we have had very good experience with the linear guide systems in
particular,” explains Manuela Abbing, teacher at the vocational college in
Bergisch Gladbach.

The students selected anodised aluminium shafts with lubrication-free
drylin linear plain bearings and a drylin NT telescopic rail.

The designers completely dispensed with classic drawers for their
bedside tables, instead creating a ‘hidden storage space’ in addition to the
small shelf – the user has the option of opening the body of the table by
pressing a button. For this extension, the carpenters resorted to igus linear
sliders. Two shafts made of hard anodised aluminium and two linear plain
bearings made of tribologically optimised high-performance polymer iglidur J were
used.

“The round shafts fit in perfectly with the design of our table. The
slider allows the table to be opened and closed easily, quietly and smoothly.
The solution can be quickly installed and it easily convinced us,” says Jascha
Schmitz, a second-year apprentice.

The carpenters also came up with two special elements for the coffee
table. On the one hand, the table has a revolving drawer that can be opened and
closed by means of a push-door opener, and on the other hand, the table can be
slid open from the centre, so that books and magazines can quickly disappear
into the body.

“For this pullout we needed a telescopic guide that was durable and
visually appealing. The drylin NT-35 telescope made of aluminium convinced the
students”, says Abbing.

For its telescopic rails, igus relies on visually appealing anodised
aluminium and sliding elements made of high-performance polymers. The
tribo-polymer ensures a smooth and jerk-free sliding of the guides. But the
plastic sliders have even more advantages: by dispensing with rolling bodies,
they run very quietly and the incorporated solid lubricants make them completely
clean and maintenance-free. Since no greases are used, neither dirt nor dust
adheres to the rails. Furthermore, there is no risk of contamination during
operation or of the books and magazines stored. This makes the rails ideal for
furniture and design.

The lubrication-free igus linear guides are available from Treotham.

For more information, please visit the Treotham Automation website www.treotham.com.au or call 1300 65 75
64.

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