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Linear Slides

Screw driven, ball guided positioning linear slides are designed for robust applications that demand high thrust along with high-precision accuracy and stiffness. This configuration of drive and guide is just one of several pre-assembled, ready-to-install linear slides available to mechanical motion engineers. All provide low friction and smooth, accurate motion for a wide range of moment or normal loading configurations. A thoughtful review of the many configuration options will reveal the optimal linear slide system for a specific application.

Market applications for linear slides include factory automation, medical, packaging, machine tool, semiconductor, printing, automotive assembly, aerospace and food processing. From Thomson, a great range of linear slide tables are available from simple, undriven linear guides to custom designed, multi-axis, turnkey linear systems complete with motors, drives, controls and electromechanical accessories.

Thomson’s huge offering of linear slides was developed into a very useful online sizing and selection tool, our Linear MOTIONEERING system. This offers a new way to optimize your machine design, save time and, ultimately, help you build a better machine, faster. Easy to use and free, it's at

You enter application parameters for linear slides in five simple steps. Your identified needs are filtered through a comprehensive set of calculations such as linear bearing load/life, ballscrew load/life, and ballscrew critical speed. From that, you are presented with a selection of linear slide products tailored precisely to your application requirements.

And it's easy to select linear slide accessories and motor mounts. Outputs include interactive 3D models, pricing, delivery times and ordering information for our Thomson and IDC brand linear units. Included are the following linear slide product families: 2DB, 2EB, 2HB, 2HE, 2RB, 2RE, MF, MG, MS, TF, TG, DS and URS.

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