Since 1946, Thomson has set the standard for linear motion components, delivering solutions to countless markets and application. Headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois, USA, the company manufactures linear bearings & guides; electric linear actuators, ball and lead screws; ball splines; linear motion systems; precision balls; stepper motor linear actuators; and screw jacks.
Based in Fremont, California, USA, Thomson BSA has engineered and manufactured lead screws, ball screws and actuators since 1971.
Founded in 1961, Thomson Neff has engineered and manufactured ball screws, linear bearings and shafting from its facility in Wolfschlugen, Germany.
Since 1982, Thomson Tollo has engineered and manufactured linear actuators, linear motion systems and precision linear actuators out of its Kristianstad, Sweden, facility.
Founded in 1947 and part of the Thomson business since 2007, API Delevan is a specialty manufacturer of coil winding technologies headquartered in East Aurora, New York. https://www.delevan.com/web/index2.html
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Nook Industries was founded in 1969 and was integrated into the Thomson business in 2021. The company manufactures screw jacks, electric cylinders, modular linear actuators, precision screws and linear guidance solutions. https://www.nookindustries.com
An industry leading brand for more than 50 years, Harowe resolvers are manufactured by API Delevan in East Aurora, New York. https://www.delevan.com/web/Resolvers/Resolvers.html
"With the Thomson actuators, we have reduced installation time by about 75 percent, and we don't need band parents searching for hydraulic leaks from fittings during startup."
— Drew Taylor, Co-Founder,
Clubhouse Trailer Company
"Load capacity is a key differentiator for cobots. Ball screws enable handling of higher loads than gears, and the Thomson ball screws had the highest load capacity of those we evaluated."
— Yvan M. Measson,
"The way that Thomson has designed the components on this is really slick. They get the cost down by keeping components to a minimum. Using a motor with an integrated lead screw instead of a ball screw cuts the cost of coupling screw and motor together and all the support hardware that goes along with that."
— TJ Merry, Production Manager,
"The Thomson quick mounting technology helps us do things modularly. We assemble the machines in our shop, then remove our shutters and curtains and put them all in the trailer with the rails and deliver to the customer. We reassemble everything there after installing rails. It’s just six pieces going back together."
— Mark Abel, Engineer,
"We needed to have the strength to move load-carrying walls easily and the intelligence to be able to do so on demand. The Thomson technology provided the robustness we needed and the built-in electronics and communications that enabled them to participate in the home network at the right level of energy consumption. A smaller unit would not have done the job, and a bigger one would have added unnecessary cost and energy consumption."
— Joe Wheeler,
Virginia Tech University
"The Thomson virtual design session helped narrow our choices to determine exactly what product we needed to meet our design specifications. The online tool was easy to use and got us going, while Kyle Thompson, Innovation Manager at Thomson, was instrumental in helping us customize and optimize our motion. The way in which they helped us solve the anti-rotational issues is a great example of why it helps to have consultation with a motion design expert."
— Connor McCallum,
University of Waterloo
"We developed the software that we embed in the system. Integrating this with our sensor architecture enables us to compute the motions that need to be done and tells the actuators what to do. Our PC sends messages through Ethernet, then Ethernet signal CAN converters relay those messages to the actuators. The Thomson smart actuators provide all this capability plus exact feedback on their position along their stroke. With a hydraulic actuator, we would have to add that."
— Eric Cabrol,
Head of Robot Engineering,