A complete control
From the stock of the various raw materials, we are able to manufacture the standard slides as well as the specific slides according to the customer drawings.
Manufacturing consists of 6 steps
• Cold drawing out
• Surface treatment
It leads to the final standard stock bearing telescopic guide or to a bespoke drawer slide and we dispatch it directly to our customers.
The raw material
In summary: 1000 material references, 500 tons in stock of mild steel, medium carbon steel, aluminium, stainless steel, standard rolled-iron products, balls, accessories, screws and bolts...
In order to obtain a profile compatible with our quality standards, we select materials based on their mechanical properties. The first step is to clean them to remove rust, grease or carbon, to carry out annealings which stabilizes the bars of material ready for drawing.
Cold drawing out
By passing the section through the dies the material is formed to the dimensional specifications of our designs. This production method can improve the intrinsic qualities of the material by the phenomenon of hardening whereby the material is "compressed" in key locations, including the ball-tracks, which improve the work life of rails.
After stretching, the bars of material are individually straightend according to our standard manufacturing tolerances that are approximately one millimeter per meter in straightness and one degree per meter in twisting
Cut to length, drilled, milled and pressed, the various beams are processed ready to build the slides. Following the machining operation, the items are shipped to our various subcontractors for surface treatment. This operation is subcontracted, not only for environmental reasons, but also to enable us to offer the best solution from a range of possible surface treatment options. We treat our slides in this way for two reasons, firstly to improve corrosion resistance and secondly to improve the surface hardness of our slides.
Final operation during which the different elements of the slide are combined with the assembly accessories, such as balls, stops, locks...
At the end of this process, the slides are ready for use. They are either placed in stock (nearly 2000 references are on the shelf) or directly shipped to be put into operation.