Feed Slide Program

August 21, 2019
Feed Slide Program

Suhner has redesigned the entire precision slide program with an emphasis on product performance and cost benefits to the customer. Once again, Suhner delivered on this promise with a number of design improvements such as rigidity and compact design, including a variety of optional slide assembly features and accessories.

The Suhner feed slide program is based on a modular design concept and includes four basic slide sizes. Within the four size classes, there are a number of different stroke lengths and up to four different feed options such as:

  • pneumatic feed with external hydraulic brake cylinder, with or without peck-feed function
  • pneumatic feed with integrated brake cylinder which allows feed control over the entire stroke length
  • Hydraulic for higher feed forces
  • CNC-controlled, servomotor and preloaded nut and ballscrew

While Suhner slide assemblies offer a number of standard features, there are additional options such as central lubrication for right or left hand slide lubrication, cam rail and switch assembly including telescopic or bellow-type way covers. This standard program is adaptable anytime project specific requirements change, for example:
Stroke length or a different kind of feed and many more.

With the Suhner customer advantage in mind, this question can be answered with an easy no. Built on simplicity  with standardized and modular feed slide components, Suhner slides assemblies can be delivered in a short time. Spare parts availability is guaranteed for 10 years, which can put your maintenance team at ease. In addition, the creation of a certified operating manual can be avoided. It is provided with the product delivery and includes additional resources for technical and manufacturing support. 

Two rails, four preloaded bearing blocks and a robust ball screw are nested inside a low profile base and saddle design, made to withstand the toughest test in manufacturing over many years without compromising quality or performance. 

Suhner feed slides are designed based on a modular system and are tailored for the application of the Suhner spindle program, an ideal combination for many different drilling and milling operations.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.

  • feed


    Rate of change of position of the tool as a whole, relative to the workpiece while cutting.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

  • modular design ( modular construction)

    modular design ( modular construction)

    Manufacturing of a product in subassemblies that permits fast and simple replacement of defective assemblies and tailoring of the product for different purposes. See interchangeable parts.


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