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08/09/2021 | Optimised Online Ball Screw Sizing and Selection With New Thomson Application-Based Tool

Wolfschlugen, Germany – Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of linear motion control solutions, has launched an online ball screw sizing and selection tool to give motion designers fast, intuitive, and precisely calculated ball screw solutions for their linear motion designs. The Linear Motioneering® tool not only simplifies and streamlines the sizing and selection process, it also provides the designer more direct, self-serve access to decades of Thomson ball screw application expertise.

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Using the intuitive online sizing and selector tool, users can quickly and easily find the optimal Thomson ball screws for their applications

“It’s like having a motion control expert looking over your shoulder,” said Markus Brändle, Product Line Specialist - Screws and Linear Bearings & Guides at Thomson. “We have encapsulated 75 years of ball screw application experience and made it available to motion designers directly on our website. Whether they know exactly what they are looking for or want interactive guidance and recommendation support, they can get it in the fastest, most intuitive and effective way possible.”

Users who know what they need can quickly filter on product attributes and be presented with Thomson-recommended solutions along with immediate access to 3D models in popular formats, as well as pricing and lead times. Users can easily share orderable product part numbers and complete technical specifications with their own team members and/or order prototypes directly online with a credit card.

The new Thomson Linear Motioneering® makes the sizing and selection process easier, faster and more accurate

Design engineers working from potentially complex motion profiles with narrow tolerances can benefit from this new tool’s guidance in getting to the just-right ball screw assembly for their specific application design requirements. Immediate feedback reveals a dynamic pool of relevant design options as application parameters are entered via an intuitive, visual interface. Dynamic feedback allows design engineers to understand potential trade-offs and quickly iterate toward an optimal design solution. Time is a key benefit to using the new tool as it requires only minutes to complete detailed performance calculations and product selections that could otherwise take hours to accomplish manually.

“This new tool shortens time-to-order significantly, while yielding much better results,” Markus added. “It’s all part of our ongoing program to optimise the customer experience for design engineers. This next step for ball screw sizing technology gives users direct and fast access to the full breadth of available Thomson metric and imperial product solutions – all with the convenience of online self-service interaction providing the type of relevant, technical guidance only available previously in conversation with experienced application engineers.

The Thomson Linear Motioneering® sizing and selection tool for ball screws can be found at:

About Thomson Industries, Inc.

With 75 years of achievement in motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Actuators, Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings and Profile Rail Bearings, 60 Case® Shafting, Ground and Rolled Ball Screws, Linear Systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945 and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of linear motion control solutions serving global aerospace and defense, medical and health, factory automation, food processing, and mobile off-highway markets. Thomson, a brand of U.S.-based Altra Industrial Motion, has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with more than 2000 distributor locations around the world.

For more information Thomson Industries, Inc., 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073; 1-540-633-3549; 1-540-633-0294 (fax);;

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