Available to suit every application from lightweight, precision projects to heavy-duty industrial needs, slides are critical to providing smooth mechanical operation with free motion in a given direction between parts. The AFI team stocks over 700 slide sizes, weights, and materials to fit a wide range of industries and uses.
Also known as linear-motion bearings or linear slides, these specialty bearings come in a variety of different types, serving industries ranging from automotive to cabinetry to medicine. As fasteners, they connect two components while still allowing for motion in a specified direction by using rolling elements or moving carriages.
The most common linear slides utilize ball bearings (ball slides), housing rows of balls in retaining cages with an outer sleeve for smooth motion. These components allow for smooth, precision motion with low friction, high rigidity, low maintenance, and long service.
At AFI, we’re proud to source our inventory from industry leaders and skilled craftsmen. Our partners at Accuride have been producing top-quality slides since 1962, and have supplied the market with innovative, precise sliding hardware.
The product design, tooling, and manufacturing capabilities at Accuride set the standard for both practicality and cost-effectiveness. The company boasts in-house steel mills, the largest tooling operation in the industry, and an advanced technical staff to support both single components and full assemblies.
Among a range of industries, Accuride slides are commonly found in:
At AFI, we’re proud to hold your world together. Slides are just a small sample of the vast catalogue of specialty fasteners and components we bring to the global marketplace.
Backed by over 30 years of experience, the AFI team is committed to providing quality, timely, and reliable service and delivery to support your customer experience. Our Customer and Vendor Managed Inventory Programs lead the industry, allowing our customers access to exactly what they need, when they need it.
If you have questions on slide solutions or specialty fasteners for your next project, reach out to our team today.