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How is an igus® gantry made?

There are endless modular combinations of axes for igus® gantries: with our toothed belt drives, rack and pinion and/or lead screw drives. The flexibility of choice results in a truly bespoke solutions for each application.

For a lead screw-driven gantry, the customer can choose from a variety of lead screws: high helix or trapezoidal. You can choose thread direction from: left-hand, right-hand or opposed drive depending on the drive source. Thread type can also be selected according to the properties required and application needs: high helix, high helix dryspin®, metric, or trapezoidal. In addition, there are over 60 different sizes which will become more focused according to the thread you choose. Materials for our lead screws vary from aluminium to stainless steel. Both lead screw materials work with our tried and tested polymer lead screw nuts to secure dry running, long-life and smooth functioning.

The nuts can also be chosen according to the level of friction coefficient, thread size, and according to the minimum and maximum temperatures of the application. The end blocks feature ball bearings to maintain high speeds alongside the high precision properties of these linear axes. The technology behind our lead screws can be found here. These lead screw units can be further customised in rail size, length, and bearing materials. This ensures the wide-reaching capacity of our lead screw units for multiple industries: from food and beverage to aerospace.

The toothed belt drives are also highly customisable before even starting to construct them in a multiaxial system. The varieties we offer are the basic and the standard belts. A basic toothed belt is made 100% from plastic and is suited to most applications where handling, high frequency automation, and X-Ray systems are in use. Whereas, the standard belt is made of steel-reinforced polyurethane and is suited to extreme conditions such as underwater or in very cold or hot environments.

In addition to the style of gantry, when components are specified for an application, they can also enhance properties such as speed, precision, and load capacity. Available in a modular form and ready for assembly upon delivery or pre-assembled, the igus® gantries represent one of the most interesting product ranges across the company.

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Visit the website to find out more about the igus® gantries.

Alternatively, contact our Product Manager Adam Sanjurgo: asanjurgo@igus.co.uk for any gantry enquiries.

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