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Dry-operating linear systems in nappy production machines

The output of these highly complex nappy production machines has tripled in recent years without any investment in new machinery. This works on the one hand through very high plant availability, and on the other hand the production process is subject to continuous improvements. In addition, the set-up times have been significantly reduced. Various products from our extensive linear bearing modular system range, which leaves nothing to be desired, provide the necessary flexibility when changing over between the different formats. In the long run, they defy the rough and tumble of everyday operations.


  • What was needed: drylin easytube set, RJUM linear plain bearings, lead screw linear units, hybrid bearings from the drylin W product range
  • Requirements: High load on the linear technology due to frequent retrofittings with continuous operation almost 365 days a year, high dirt and dust accumulation, contamination due to friction effects
  • Industry:
  • Success for the customer: Today, drylin linear bearings are used for quick and reliable changeovers. In a wide variety of versions and at a wide variety of locations in the system, they are lubrication-free and maintenance-free, insensitive to dust and dirt, corrosion-free, durable, quiet and lightweight.
SHTP-12 lead screw linear system Lead screw unit SHTP-12 with lead screw clamping, position indicator and hand wheel ensures quick and repeatable format adjustments.


Nappies are produced in what is known as a one-step process. This means that all the required raw materials are in the form of rollers or powders and are assembled into the end product and also packaged in a single process step. The company ONTEX MAYEN GmbH is the market leader in the field of private label hygiene products. It offers a wide range of products for baby, women and adult hygiene. At the Mayen site, a total of eleven plants exclusively produce baby nappies in all sizes and variations, which are sold virtually worldwide.
The nappy manufacturer serves many customers. Thus, it must guarantee plant safety and flexibility in production and packaging. Every change of order or size results in changeover times or adjustments. There are typically four size changes per plant per week, which is over 200 size changes per year. However the requirement profile becomes even more complex. Because the plants run around the clock seven days a week. So they are in continuous use almost 365 days a year. Due to the high process speed, the systems are also subject to high dynamic loads. They are as high as 600 m/min.
Due to the process, the ambient temperature in the production hall is rather warm. However, there are no extreme temperatures. Superabsorbents and cellulose are processed, which ensure a relatively high dirt and dust accumulation. Superabsorbent also behaves similarly to sand, so that soiling occurs due to rubbing effects. To sum up, it may be stated that the systems and the machine elements installed in them are subjected to extremely high stresses. Nevertheless, they must function absolutely reliably under all circumstances.


Today, drylin linear bearings are used for quick and reliable changeovers. They are lubrication-free and maintenance-free, insensitive to dust and dirt, corrosion-free, durable, quiet and lightweight.
Among other things, the drylin easytube system is used (see pictures 1 - 3 below). The carriages, torque support and trapezoidal lead screw nut of the particularly compact linear unit for easy adjustment tasks are made of a special plain bearing high-performance polymer. This guarantees freedom from lubrication with simultaneously low coefficient of friction and excellent wear rates.
RJUM linear plain bearings replace recirculating ball bearing guides in various areas. They are based on highly wear-resistant polymers, are particularly tough and economical.
But other products are also used in the plants:
Position adjustments
drylin linear bearings primarily implement position adjustments such as in the area of adhesive application points. The adhesive application head is moved reliably by linear guides.
Packaging and visual inspection
In the packaging environment or in visual inspection and quality assurance, lead screw linear units or systems prove their worth (Pictures 4 - 6). They are often connected with lead screw clamping against unintentional rotation, position indicators for the safe setting of the position and hand wheel.
Material loading cranes
Another special feature of the plants are material loading cranes that bring the heavy raw material rolls to the machine (Picture 7). Hybrid bearings from the drylin W product range have proven themselves in moving the bridge cranes. They offer a combination of sliding and rolling. Coefficients of friction are kept to a minimum, adjustment and drive force are minimised as far as possible.

"The service lives have increased continuously in the last few years. Without an exorbitant need for investment, we have adapted the facilities to the constantly increasing requirements. The maintenance-free and lubrication-free linear products are a key point that has enabled us to achieve this flexibility."
Thomas Heege, Head of Technology at ONTEX MAYEN GmbH
EasyTube SET-25 Picture 1: Format adjustment of the sensors for web centre monitoring via drylin lead screw unit easytube SET-25. The lead screw is reliably protected by the rugged aluminium tube.
easytube SET-25 Picture 2: The sensor adjustment for film web centre regulation is positioned by the drylin linear unit easytube SET-25.
easytube SET-25. Picture 3: Format adjustment of pneumatic cylinders for blow-off cleaning by means of drylin linear unit easytube SET-25.
drylin lead screw linear system SHTP Picture 4: Centre adjustment of a four-lane 90° deflection by means of drylin lead screw linear system SHT-12-AWM for non-woven webs. A total of eight systems are in use.
drylin lead screw linear system SHTP Picture 5: Compact format adjustment for the setting of an inspection camera by drylin lead screw linear system SHTP-12-AWM.
Lead screw linear system SLW-2080-AWM Picture 6: The SLW-2080-AWM lead screw linear systems provide synchronised height adjustment for pressing the packed nappies into cartons.
Material loading crane drylin W Linear guide WS-20-80 Picture 7: Material loading crane. The versatile drylin W system also proves its worth when adjusting the supply rolls for non-woven webs: The WS-20-80 linear guide and the WJRM-01-20 hybrid bearings (belt-driven system) optimise the ergonomics of the application.

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