Selective pre-load generation: Finding manufacturing-integrated solutions for linear guides

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Roos, Michael; Wagner, Christian; Gramlich, Sebastian; Reichwein, Jannik; Kirchner, Eckhard
Series: ICED
Institution: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 269-278
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Pre-load is important for a linear guide’s precision but can adversely affect its longevity. The idea of selectively adjusting pre-load for specified track sections of a linear guide is starting point for an innovative product design. Key challenge of realising linear guides with a selective pre-load generation is to integrate this additional function with low manufacturing effort. A continuous flow production with linear flow splitting has a high potential for realising a function integrated product design at low costs. Based on linear flow split linear guides, these potentials are extended towards manufacturing-integrated solutions (MIS) for linear guides with integrated selective pre-load generation. The design pattern matrix (DPM) aids the designer in systematically developing MIS based on generally applicable function carriers. Several MIS for linear flow split linear guides with a selective pre-load generation have been developed and two prototypes produced. The solutions are characterised by a comprehensive utilisation of the continuous flow production's design possibilities, resulting in products with high functionality and low manufacturing and assembly effort.

Keywords: Design for X (DfX), Design methods, Design Pattern Matrix (DPM), Manufacturing-Integrated Solutions (MIS), Technology


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