Practical guide to sliding rails from Pinet
Although Pinet’s domain includes mainly different hinge systems, their product portfolio also includes other useful products. Telescopic slides, sometimes simply referred to as rails, have their irreplaceable place in a wide range of applications, whether it is in home or within industry. Pinet offers various kinds of their telescopic rails with ball bearings.
The role of the sliding rails is to enable the positioning of things and their movement in a vertical and horizontal direction. The typical and most frequent application is in furniture. Without them, drawers would simply not be drawers.
Use of slides from Pinet
Pinet rails are designed mainly for industrial use. They are made of high-grade stainless steel without any plastic parts, which gives them high temperature and corrosion resistance while allowing for greater load capacity. They use a sliding system based on ball bearings to provide smooth movement, excellent horizontal stability, and thus enable the production of systems with varying lengths.
Types of slides
These consist of one fixed and one movable arm. The movable arm is located within the fixed arm. A linear ball bearing is positioned between the outer wall of the movable arm and the inner wall of the fixed arm. These rails are available only in the “front disconnect” version and allow for a movement up to ¾ of the total length of the sliding arm.
3/4 extension ball-bearing slide (2 pieces), front disconnect
The 3-pieces rails contain an interlink between the fixed arm and the main extension arm. This allows the extension of the main arm to its maximum length, providing better access where it is needed. Pinet offers them in the front disconnect version.
You may find them in the catalogue under:
Full extension ball-bearing slide (3 pieces), front disconnect
Specification of slides
The most important parameter when choosing rails is their load capacity. The type of mechanism used and the length of the rail depends on the load capacity chosen. This is specified in kilograms per one pair of rails. The values can range from 20 kg to hundreds of kilograms in the so-called “heavy duty” mechanisms.
In case of telescopic sliding rails, the extension length determines how far the rail arm can be extended. 2-arm rails allow for extension of the moving arm up to ¾ of its length and in case of 3-arm rails it is 100% and in some cases even more thanks to the use of the interlink.
However, there are also so-called linear rails that allow for a movement only within the length of the fixed arm (they do not protrude). These systems can most often be seen on sliding racks.
Lock and stop
To lock or stop the arm when it is extended to the maximum length, Pinet rails use two methods:
- positive stop – small protrusions are places on either ends of the arms. They hold the arms in the maximum extended or retracted position. Subsequent insertion or extension of the arm requires little use of force,
- positive lock – is protection against self-closing. In the maximum extended position, the arm locks. You need to release the latch to push in the arm.
All Pinet rails have the possibility of complete extension of the movable arm from the fixed arm by pushing or releasing of the latch. This not only enables simple installation, but also provides the possibility of pulling out the cabinet drawer completely if necessary.
For the design of use of sliding rails, it is necessary to take into account a number of other factors, such as the width of the gap between the cabinet and the drawer, the use of suitable anchor bolts or the attachment method for metal cabinets and sockets. If you are not sure, please contact us and we’ll help you choose the most suitable rails for your application.