Glossary of terms

Term Explanation


A device to keep the ball retainer in a selected position during movement.


A device used in filing cabinets that allows the user to open only one drawer at a time.

Assisted open or close

The user initiates the opening and closing action and the slide does the rest. At about the mid-point of opening travel the assisting forces balance, resulting in a neutral zone where the drawer remains in a steady position. Once the drawer is further extended to about two-thirds of its travel, the assist mechanism finishes the opening process. Conversely, as the drawer is pushed inwards, past the neutral zone, the Action Assistä kicks in and pulls the drawer closed. See 3832AA.

Ball bearing slide

Ball bearings run in ball retainers to create the movement in telescopic and linear slides

Ball retainer

This holds the ball bearings in place inside the slide. See diagram

Bayonet fixing

A fixing method, especially for metal applications. A cut-out in the side of the slide is used as a hook to fit into a corresponding slot in the chassis or drawer.

Cable carrier

Carriers designed to surround and guide flexible cables, especially in the rear of electronic racks.

Cam drawer adjust

Available on 2132 and 3832 slides. The cam mechanism provides up to 4.8mm of vertical adjustment.


A cycle is measured as one complete opening and closing of a slide.

Damped close

Slows the closing action down for a controlled and smooth operation.


This is the difference between a loaded and unloaded slide when fully extended, measured at the front end of the slide with an evenly distributed load.


The detent holds the slide in a particular position until extra force is applied. See hold-in and hold-out


A way of separating the inner and outer members of the slide assembly

Drawer member

See diagram

Dynamic load

This is the moving load. All of Accuride’s slides are cycled-tested, depending on the expected frequency for an industry

Easy close

The closing action is dampened. See soft-close

Enclosure mounting

Slides and bracket kits designed for use in electronic rack systems.


See travel.

Flat mounting

Horizontal mounting of a slide. Not all slides can be used in this position. Also called undermount.

Flipper door slide

This is a trademark name for Accuride’s pocket door slides.

Follower strip

Typically a block of wood used in pocket door systems that keeps the top and bottom slides synchronised.

Front disconnect

A lever or push latch is positioned near the front of the slide for easy operation of the disconnect function

Full extension

The slide opens at least 100% of the closed slide length

Handed slide

A handed slide is either for use on the left or right. Unhanded slides can be used on either side.


A detent that keeps the slide closed until extra force is applied


A detent that keeps the slide open until extra force is applied

Horizontal mounting

Flat mounting of a slide. Not all slides can be used in this position. Also called undermount

Intermediate member

See diagram


A cut out in the slide used for fixing. 

Linear motion

Movement in a straight line and within the slide’s own length

Load rate

The dynamic operating capacity. Slides are tested to determine the maximum load (kg) for a pair of 450mm long, side mounted slides installed 450mm apart.


Locks the slide closed until a lever is used to release the lock


Locks the slide open until a lever is used to release the lock

Outer member

Or cabinet member. See diagram.

Part extension

The slide has only 2 members and so can open only 75% of the closed slide length

Pocket door slide

A pocket door is a sliding door that slides along its length and disappears into a pocket between the side of the cabinet and the cabinet space.

Push to open

Opens with pressure to the front of the slide (TR)

Rail disconnect

A rail latch allows you to raise the drawer from the slide


A spring attachment closes the slide and prevents bounce back. (SC)

Shock blocks

Are used to minimise the amplification of vibration and reduce the effects of shock with the slide in the closed position

Side mounting

Mounting the slide in the vertical plane

Side space

The amount of space needed to accommodate the thickness of the slide.


Synonym for ball bearing slide, telescopic slide, drawer runner, linear slide, rail, guide.


Slows the closing action down for a controlled and smooth operation. (EC)

Static load

The resting load capacity

Telescopic slide

A slide made up of 2 or 3 members to extend the reach beyond the length of the slide

Touch release

Opens with pressure to the front of the slide (push to open)


This is the distance that the slide covers from the fully closed to the fully open position. Also called extension.

Vertical mounting

Side mounting the slide in the vertical plane

Individual parts of a slide are identified.