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How did we get...


from here, to here?   

(I DON'T CARE...take me to the products! Or if you want to know the whole story, read below.)

Around 2009 we made a bold move for a small company--we bought up ALL remaining Hiwin "Legacy" guideway products in the AG and LG series. Hiwin superseded those with the EG and HG. We did this through three purchases from warehouses in the USA, Taiwan and Japan. Just the US purchase alone required six tractor trailers to move material to our facility!

In the ensuing years we sold off nearly all of the smaller size guideways (15mm, 20mm and 25mm). That amounted to thousands and thousands of carriages and miles and miles of rail. It is something we never believed would happen. We also learned that there were lots of loyal customers out there and many potential customers who yearned for a reliable source for decent-quality, reasonably-priced guideways.

The introduction of our BLH series of guideways is in direct response to this scenario. It is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we are fully committed to the direction we have gone. Here are some important things you should know.

  • This new BLH offering is roughly 1/2 the cost of Hiwin, and it is priced equivalent to or slighly lower than what we sold the Legacy Hiwin AG and LG for.

  • Our BLH carriages and rails are made in China. We are not in any way trying to cloak that. However, they are made in an ISO 9001:2000 factory, and we are confident in the quality and consistency of the product. We stand behind it.

    As we searched for a manufacturing partner we learned that there are lots of unscrupulous folks out there who are producing Hiwin look-alike items...right down to the colors and engraved part numbers. Worse, they are selling through ebay and other venues obviously with the intent to fool customers that they're getting the real thing. We're not out to try and fool anyone. We want you to know exactly what you are getting.

  • We are only selling products in 15mm, 20mm and 25mm sizes for a couple of reasons. Those are the most popular sizes for most machine builders. Also, we still have decent stocks in the Hiwin AG and LG for most larger sizes. Maybe one day we will expand the BLH line, but for now, we will stick with 15mm, 20mm and 25mm.

  • Our BLH line is dimensionally equivalent to Hiwin HG, and components are interchangeable with Hiwin HG. This second point is HUGE. Literally you can take one of our BLH15N carriages and replace a Hiwin HGH15CA carriage...or vice versa. For all of these new materials we are offering, you can literally swap things around with current-production Hiwin. We believe this is important because it means you should never find yourself the victim of obsolescence.

  • We're stocking a huge amount of product in our North Carolina warehouse...many hundreds of carriages and many hundreds of 4000mm rails. That means we can get stuff to you fast. We also are experts in rail cutting, and we'll provide you exactly what you need. No longer do you have to work around some arbitrary rail lengths that someone happens to have listed on ebay.

  • Ready to take a look at what's available and get pricing? CLICK HERE. Note that we have PDF support documents you can download either below or when you are in the store. If you have any questions, just contact us.

Download technical information:

BLHF Products (flange carriage) [PDF, one page]

BLHN Products (narrow/square carriage) [PDF, one page]

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