Ball rail systems for wet working conditions

Ball rail systems for wet working conditions
Marginal Column

November 2017


Ball rail systems enabled a Canadian manufacturer to develop a unique agri-food processing machine.

Jalbert Automatisation is a leader in customized solutions for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, agri-food and chemical sectors, and has completed hundreds of projects with major companies around the world. Known for its beltorque® technology that uses two sets of lateral belts to screw and tighten caps instead of the discs found on conventional inline cappers, the company based in Quebec, Canada, is enjoying impressive growth, explained Steve Boissonneault, General Manager. “By the end of the year, we will have more than fifty employees compared with about twenty just sixteen months ago. And, in the last four years, we have tripled our sales.”

Unique Projects

Jalbert Automatisation has also made a name for itself by delivering one-of-a-kind machines. They include a bottle orienter as well as a “bottle unscrambler” for a body-care company. More recently, the company designed a very special machine for a client from the agri-food processing sector. As pointed out by Steve Boissonneault, General Manager, “This machine is one-of-a-kind in the world. It does what no other machine can do and does so with incomparable regularity and reliability.” It’s a very unique three-step technology that does what needs to be done on the product it receives, handles or rejects.


Made entirely of stainless steel, this machine can be thoroughly washed down with water, which is always a challenge for designers. The machine was equipped with guide rails made by Bosch Rexroth to move the delta robot so it can perform the three-step process for which it was designed. “We chose these rails because of their intrinsic quality and because they could easily be installed on a machine that could withstand being thoroughly washed with water”, states Steve Boissonneault, General Manager.

The NRFG ball rail system is ideal for use in wet working conditions. The profiled rail and the ball rail system are both made of corrosion-resistant steel and can withstand relative humidity above 70 percent and temperatures above 30° Celsius for an indefinite period.

Working in Partnership

Both companies started working together two years ago. Bosch Rexroth has since delivered Linear Motion and Drives and Controls technology along with technical assistance in selecting motion control components as well as training support. “We are not just a supplier, but first and foremost a manufacturing supplier partner”, stresses Nelson Pacheco, Technical Consultant, Factory Automation, at Bosch Rexroth Canada.