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1. US20090045711 - Thin slide unit

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Claims

1. A thin slide unit, comprising:
a guide rail in which a rolling groove for balls is formed; and
a ball carriage equipped with a plurality of balls rolling in the rolling groove, and including an endless circulation path for the balls, which is movable along the guide rail, wherein:
the ball carriage is formed such that two ball plates each formed with a ball groove are caused to face each other, and that the ball plates are directly connected;
the ball groove includes a load groove portion formed along peripheral portions of the ball plates, in which the balls roll while being applied with a load between the ball groove and the guide rail;
a loadless groove portion formed in parallel with the load groove portion, in which the balls roll in a loadless state;
a pair of direction switching groove portions for allowing the balls to come and go between the load groove portion and the loadless groove portion;
peripheral sides of the two ball plates are opposed to each other, to thereby form a load opening portion causing the balls rolling in the load groove portion to contact the rolling groove of the guide rail, and form a scooping-up portion for separating the balls from the rolling groove to guide the balls to the direction switching groove portions at each end of the load opening portion in the longitudinal direction;
an opening width of the scooping-up portion being formed smaller than a diameter of each of the balls, the scooping-up portion being bent from the load opening portion to curve into each of the direction switching groove portions, and the scooping-up portion directing the balls to enter into each of the direction switching groove portions; and
wherein the scooping-up portion bends from the load opening portion to curve into the direction switching groove portions at a location different than a curvature of the direction switching groove portions.
2. A thin slide unit according to claim 1, wherein:
the peripheral portion of each of the ball plates is formed with a bent portion which is continuously formed from the load opening portion to the scooping-up portion; and
the bent portions are caused to face each other, the load opening portion is formed such that the opening width of the load opening portion is the same as the opening width of the scooping-up portion.
3. A thin slide unit according to claim 1, wherein:
the guide rail is formed into a channel shape having a guide path defined by a pair of side walls, an inner side surface of each of the side walls being formed with one rolling groove for the balls; and
said ball carriage includes a pair of endless circulation paths each corresponding to the rolling groove, and reciprocates in the guide path of the guide rail.
4. A thin slide unit, comprising:
a guide rail in which a rolling groove for balls is formed; and
a ball carriage equipped with a large number of balls rolling in the rolling groove, and including an endless circulation path for the balls, which is movable along the guide rail, wherein:
the ball carriage is formed such that two ball plates each formed with a ball groove are caused to face each other, and that the ball plates are directly connected;
the ball groove includes a load groove portion formed along peripheral portions of the ball plates, in which the balls roll while being applied with a load between the ball groove and the guide rail;
a loadless groove portion formed in parallel with the load groove portion, in which the balls roll in a loadless state;
a pair of direction switching groove portions for allowing the balls to come and go between the load groove portion and the loadless groove portion;
a bent portion formed in the peripheral portion of the ball plate in each load groove portion and continuously formed to curve along travelling directions of the balls entering into the direction switching groove portions at ends of the load groove portion;
peripheral sides of the two ball plates are opposed to each other, to thereby form a load opening portion causing the balls rolling in the load groove portion to contact the rolling groove of the guide rail, and form a scooping-up portion having a gap smaller than the diameter of each ball such that the bent portion oppose each other;
the scooping-up portion includes the bent portion curving along the travelling directions of the balls entering into the direction switching groove portions at ends of the load groove portion and guides the balls at the end of each load opening portion to enter into the direction switching groove portion without colliding with a location at which the ball plates meet at an entrance to the direction switching groove portion; and
wherein the scooping-up portion bends from the load opening portion to curve into the direction switching groove portions at a location different than the location at which the ball plates meet at the entrance to the direction switching groove portion.