NSK’s NH/NS series linear guides are useful for garment and textile…


A leading specialist in the development and manufacture of high-speed industrial digital printers for the apparel, apparel and home textile industries, benefits from the many attributes of NSK’s NH/NS series linear guides . In particular, the special surface treatment protects the linear guides from wear in the company’s latest digital direct-to-garment printer, an important attribute given the number of prints the new machine makes.

The next-generation printing machine offers garment decorators and screen printers a unique tool to master current and future challenges in the textile supply chain. Notably, the high-volume machine offers a typical annual production capacity of up to hundreds of thousands of impressions.

All of the company’s fully integrated printing solutions deliver quality, reliability and value to customers, but achieving these goals requires using appropriately specified components.

When developing its new printer, the company knew that linear guides to provide motion in all axes would have to overcome a specific set of challenges. The interior of a printer is a difficult environment for linear guides because the combination of humidity and evaporation caused by the printing process results in high wear.

With the machinery manufacturer insisting on premium branded products and reliable supply partners, the company turned to NSK for the solution. NSK’s team of expert engineers undertook a comprehensive review of the application and working environment, recommending its NH/NS series linear guides, which feature a special surface treatment to protect against the causes of ‘wear.

The NH/NS Series Linear Guides offer many outstanding attributes, including far superior life due to the inclusion of innovative features such as a specially developed ball groove geometry. Plus, up to 30% more dynamic load capacity (compared to previous generation products) helps provide end users with double the life in a significantly more compact and lightweight form factor. Low temperature chromium and low temperature chromium fluoride treatments are also available to provide even more endurance, while stainless steel versions are ideal for use in potentially corrosive environments.

In addition to the advantageous technical features of the NH/NS series linear guides, the manufacturer of industrial digital printers wanted flexibility from its potential supplier due to the company’s rapid growth and rapid scale-up. planning of the machine from concept to production. However, NSK was able to provide full assurance of its ability to meet demand from its workshops and warehouses strategically located across Europe.

About NSK Europe:
NSK Europe Ltd. is the European organization of Tokyo-based bearing manufacturer NSK, which was founded in Japan in 1916 and today employs nearly 30,400 people in its global operations. The products and solutions offered by the industrial and automotive supplier can be found wherever things move. In addition to almost all types of bearings, the company’s portfolio includes ball bearings, linear technology, wheel bearing assemblies, transmission and motor bearings, and steering systems. The company is oriented towards perfection in all its business activities. Its goal is quality leadership in its industry, which it strives to achieve through a process of continuous improvement, excellent product development, optimized production processes and customer-oriented service processes. In fiscal year 2020, the more than 4,350 employees of NSK Europe Ltd. generated sales of more than 792 million euros.


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Michael O. Stutler