Why the Glide Screw™?

The Thomson Glide Screw is a breakthrough in linear motion technology that combines the best features of a linear bearing and a lead screw into something better than both. The patent pending Glide Screw delivers high performance, fast installation and less complexity in a small package.

Lead Screw and Bearing

Designing the Glide Screw into your equipment can help you deliver a solution that is more compact and reliable, and provides an overall lower total cost of ownership . It’s easy to make the change from traditional solutions with stocked standard sizes and quick availability of custom solutions with help from a Thomson applications engineer.

Choose the solution optimized for today’s designs. Choose Glide Screw.

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Reduced footprint

  • Integrated lead screw / linear bearing
  • Side load / moment load capable

Reduced equipment downtime

  • Fewer failures with pre-aligned screw and bearing
  • Component alignment is not critical – smooth and quiet motion
  • Maintenance free with Thomson Lube-4-Life lubrication block standard

Lower cost of ownership

  • Faster installation
  • Fewer components for a simpler bill of material
  • Maintenance free! No lubrication required

Standard products in stock

  • Inch Series includes 3/16”, 1/4” and 3/8” nominal diameters
  • Metric Series includes 4, 6 and 10 mm nominal diameters
  • Flanged and cylindrical nut bodies standard

Options for harsh environments

  • High temperature resistant – inside ovens or autoclaves (up to 175°C)
  • Clean room – in robot vacuum chambers, laboratories or medical equipment (class 1000)
  • Food grade – in packaging and food processing equipment

Custom products available

  • Nut configurations
  • Screw diameters
  • Thread leads
  • Custom changes

Easy to install

  • All that is required is a Glide Screw and an anti-rotation feature
  • No need for reference surfaces or the pain of “floating” your system into alignment