An economical solution for high-precision designs and applications, lead screws provide compact, quiet linear motion.
No other linear motion component combines the speed, accuracy, efficiency, repeatability, quiet operation, lubrication retention, load capacity, and compactness of Thomson lead screws. Our lead nuts are available in a standard threaded or flanged mounting configuration, and anti-backlash nuts provide the best positional repeatability.
Not every linear motion design can meet the optimal specifications by using standard lead screws. In these cases, Thomson offers its engineering services to help you customize lead screws to meet your exact requirements and keep your project running smoothly.
Thomson provides extensive online resources to help you no matter where you may be in the purchase decision process:
Why are lead screws such a popular choice for precision linear applications? Learn not only their long list of benefits but how you can put these components to work for your design projects and applications.
Presenter: Saurabh Khetan, Product Line Manager - Lead Screws, Thomson
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.
The newest breakthrough in linear motion technology, the Glide Screw combines the best features of linear bearings & lead screws in order to deliver high performance, less complexity, fast installation, and lower total cost of ownership.
For proper performance of your XC lead nut, installation steps for its five components must be followed closely.
Which motor is right for your lead screw application? A properly integrated lead screw and motor can cut costs, boost performance, simplify maintenance and provide greater prototyping flexibility. Three of the most common approaches include implementing an external shaft coupling; permanently or semi-permanently fusing the lead screw and the motor shaft together; and using detachable connections. This article covers the key considerations when comparing these options.
With careful attention to selection and application, lead screws can deliver efficiency that comes close to ball screws on many applications, high levels of load capacity and very good positioning accuracy. Lead screws also offer many other advantages such as more flexible configuration and form factor, the ability to operate without lubricant, quieter operation, clean materials and lower cost. This article examines how to determine whether a particular application is a good fit for lead screws, and how to select the right lead screw for the application.
This article answers five key questions about specifying lead screws for your linear motion applications.
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