Glide Screws, Lead Screws, and Ball Screws

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Thomson has a long history of manufacturing quality, strength, and expertise in all of its ball & lead screw products.  We invented anti-friction linear technology over 60 years ago and have continued to lead the industry ever since.  The Thomson brand is recognized and trusted as the global leader in linear motion technology.  Offering a wide variety of standard lead and ball screw technologies, we can also customize to just about any application requirement.

Fluid Analysis Instrument

VIDEO: Glide Screw™ - Fluid Analysis Instrument

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Automated diagnostic instruments continue to grow in importance in today’s laboratories and hospitals. Space is at a premium in these facilities and the Glide Screw™ enables more compact designs. Watch how the Glide Screw can offer silent and maintenance free performance, minimizing service calls and maximizing instrument availability.

Thomson Glide Screw

VIDEO: Glide Screw™- What's the buzz all about!

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The Glide Screw™ is the latest in a line of breakthrough innovations from Thomson.  Thomson has combined the features of a linear bearing and a lead screw into one compact package.  Watch this video to learn what makes up the Glide Screw™ and how it can help you downsize your equipment, reduce downtime, and lower overall cost of ownership.

Ball Screws: Design and Installation

VIDEO: Ball Screws: Design and Installation

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Jeff Johnson, Thomson Screw Product Engineer, overviews the anatomy of ball screws and their installation. He covers the function of ball screws in application design as well as the components of a ball screw assembly and of a ball nut. Also included is a demonstration of the installation of a ball nut onto a screw and the ball bearing insertion process in the event that some bearings fall out during installation.

Lead Screw vs. Ball Screw Technology

VIDEO: Lead Screw vs. Ball Screw Technology

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Jeff Johnson, Thomson Screw Product Engineer, says ball screws and lead screws can sometimes be used in the same applications.  Typically, ball screws are used in industry applications that need a lot of load or life while lead screws are used in smaller, lighter duty applications.  Lead screws however are highly customizable with the ability to interchange leads, sizes, nut configurations quickly.  Cost is usually not the primary consideration when selecting a screw technology.  Watch this video to learn the differences.

Glide Screws

Part linear bearing, part lead screw, the Glide Screw™ from Thomson combines the best features of these products a linear bearing and a lead screw into an easy to install, one-part solution.

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Lead Screws - Supernuts

Offering smooth, precise, cost effective positioning, this is the right solution for your application. Thomson BSA® precision lead screws are an excellent economical solution for your linear motion requirements. Learn more about Lead Screws >

Lead Screws - Motorized

Thomson's new motorized lead screw is a hybrid stepper motor and precision lead screw combination built into one compact envelope.  This powered lead screw will offer several benefits over a more traditional solution and make the end product smaller, stronger, quieter, and more efficient.

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Ball Screws

Thomson offers the widest range of ball screw products in the industry – including rolled and ground thread screws in both imperial and metric sizes. Leverage our broad product capabilities and application expertise to find the optimal solution for your linear motion requirements.Learn more about Ball Screws >

Ball Splines

Thomson precision ball spline systems feature high speed, anti-friction linear motion under high torsional loads. They have high reliability under varying operating conditions and predictable life expectancy.
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