Clean room ball transfers enhance product programme

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Clean room ball transfers enhance product programmeR. A. Rodriguez is introducing the Japanese ISB-Iguchi Kico Co Ltd high-quality ball transfer units to the UK market. Generally ball transfers allow loads, both light and heavy, to be moved smoothly and freely in any direction. They are also used to load machines or as part of a linear motion system, application fields in which R. A. Rodriguez has considerable experience.

ISB ball transfers comprise a large, tempered ball bearing sitting on 100–200 smaller balls with minimal frictional resistance. They are available as pressed and moulded units for light loads (<500kg) and precision machined for heavy loads (>500kg).

An electrically conductive ISC range of ball transfers for clean room operation will be the first available in the UK. Made from advanced composites, including Vespel, PBI and Peek, these products are extensively used in production lines for flat panel displays and photovoltaic cells, in the manufacture of semiconductors and pharmaceuticals.

Several variations are available within the ISC range offering different design or performance characteristics. This makes them suitable for specific applications such as: wet and dry processes; mother glass trimming in LCD manufacture; optical measurement where minimal light reflection is critical, vacuum chambers; and high-temperature applications over 200degC. Custom ball transfers are also available.

The choice of the best ISC ball transfer for the job is determined by the characteristics needed, its operating environment, the materials in which the unit will come into contact and the travel distance and speed required. R. A. Rodriguez technical sales will guide the specifier through the selection process.

All ISC types are 'ball up' units with the exception of the IPK version that is an all-resin 'ball down' version that acts as a type of caster. Completing the range are air ball lifters for alignment and positioning of heavy equipment in clean rooms; the choice includes single-piston and double-piston versions.

Hajime Komatsu, ISB Global Sales Manager, explains: "Our ISC ball transfers have been continuously developed to help manufacturers improve productivity and, with the help of R. A. Rodriguez, we are looking forward to offering this advantage to UK industry. ISB is recognised as a 'quality first' company, a value that we share with R. A. Rodriguez, both in terms of product design and applications support."

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08 January 2014

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