How often will the guide be in motion, and how long is this motion likely to last? This is an important parameter to keep in mind. Accuride provides a number of test cycles that the slide has been put through. You may have noticed that some of our products are specifically listed as being tested up to 10,000, 50,000 or even 80,000 cycles to ensure long-lasting, high-quality performance.
How far do you need your item to move? This will give you the slide travel or extension. This is the difference in length between a closed and fully opened slide. Slides come in various extensions ranging from part extension, full extension, over travel and linear.
Does the application need a particular function? This will make you think about the additional features that you may need in or around the slide. There are a number of common options such as, detent hold in, disconnect, self close, easy close, lock in and lock out.