Linear Motion Application Story – Minute Man Self Lube Linear Bearings

Linear Motion – Why are LM76 Minuteman Linear Bearings™ the 1st choice when failure under poor environmental conditions is simply, “NOT AN OPTION?” Because Minuteman Self Lube Linear Bearings™ are exceptionally tough and All Weather/All Theatre Compatible! Unlike linear ball bearings which employ re-circulating balls, LM76 Minuteman Self Lubricating Linear Bearings™ offer a tough ceramic coated shell featuring LM76’s industry leading Minuteman Green Self Lubricating Liner™.

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Since there are no balls or mechanical mechanisms in the Minuteman Linear Bearing, there is no mechanical failure mode. Dirt, dust and debris get wiped away whereas with a linear ball bearing, they get trapped under the seal, filling the ball raceways and freezing the balls – destroying the bearing and grooving the shaft. Minuteman Self Lube Linear Bearing™ can take a pounding from recoil, shock/vibration, vicious environments and high heat.

For this reason the US Navy and the US Army have installed LM76 Minuteman Linear Bearings in gun mounts on ships and vehicles.

US Navy – The Navy’s MK95 Mod 2 Machine Gun Mount is for mounting two .50 Caliber M2HB Modified Machine Guns (resulting in a weapon system firing rate of about1,000 rounds per minute). Each weapon is “soft-mounted” and installed with a shock absorber system using LM76 Minuteman Linear Bearings™ to reduce transmitted weapon recoil and to increase gunner controlability and hit probability.

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US Army – Here you can see sand/dust build-up on the weapon, mount and tripod. These mounts provide platform stabilization, improve accuracy, and increase hit probability while decreasing the time and effort to install and interchange weapons.

50 Cal Gun Mount Army

Recent testing at SAIC Surface Platform Integration
Small Arms led to this comment:
” We feel that your (LM76) products will improve our mounts in regard to performance, life and cost.”

Below – Here you can see sand/dust build-up on the weapon, mount and tripod. These mounts provide platform stabilization, improve accuracy, and increase hit probability while decreasing the time and effort to install and interchange weapons.

LM76 - 50 Cal Gun Mount Army-
” You need a linear bearing that can stand-up to sand, heat, shock and overall abuse. This environment (desert) plays havoc with all our systems. Your bearings meet or exceed mission requirements.” Andral, Bob US Army – Iraq Vet

 

The LM76 Minuteman Linear Bearings™ at the heart of this application.

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Read more about the differences Minuteman Self Lube Linear Bearings™ & Linear Ball Bearings.

Founded in 1976, LM76 has been a leading designer/manufacturer of linear bearings, slides and linear motion systems. LM76 is renowned for its industry leading Minuteman Teflon® Composite linear bearings. LM76 is a leading supplier of precision linear shafting: RC60, 300 Series Stainless Steel, and ceramic-coated aluminum shafting. LM76 also offers several FDA/USDA compliant linear bearings and slides for the food processing, pharmaceutical, medical, and packaging industries.

For additional information contact Mike Quinn at: LM76, 140 Industrial Dr., E. Longmeadow, MA 01028; Telephone: 413-525-4166, Fax: 413-525-3735 or E-Mail: mquinn@lm76.com or visit the website at http://www.lm76.com

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