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Linear Motion Systems | Linear Motion System Technologies

What makes Thomson's Linear Motion Systems superior?

Thomson’s linear motion systems cover a development span of 60 years. We know that many variables influence the selection of a linear motion system.

Our linear motion system drive technology incorporates two design types: ball or lead screw, and belt systems.

  • Screw-driven linear motion systems are desired for high thrust, stiffness and tight precision in high-load, moderate-speed applications.
  • Belt-drive linear motion systems are chosen when acceleration and speed are the most important criteria.

Our linear motion system guide technology offers three unique designs: high-precision ball guides, robust prism guides, and high-speed wheel guides.

  • The high-precision linear motion system ball guide comes in two design variations. The first features outstanding load-carrying performance, high accuracy and longer life expectancy. The second is based on a commercial style of ball guide, offering smooth and quiet travel with the highest precision.
  • The unique self-aligning prism guide design uses prism-shaped polymer bushings running directly on the anodized profile surface. The prism guides offers a cost efficient, smooth, reliable and maintenance-free guided linear motion system.
  • The wheel-guided design offers a perfect combination of stiffness and dynamics. With high load capacity and unmatched speed and acceleration, wheel guides is an excellent choice for a dynamic application.

Thomson’s components and technologies combine to meet virtually every linear motion system need. And our linear motion system products offer added features, such as contaminate cover bands, single or double (left/right moving) carriages, central lubrication, and single/multi-axis solutions. Thomson linear motion systems are categorized as follows: 

 

M (Movoparts) Linear Units

The Movopart family of linear units are ideal for economical, transport grade applications as well as many tough environment applications. The units are versatile since there are two drive options (belt or ballscrew) and two bearing guide options (slide or ball-guide). 

 

ball screw driven linear slide

WH (SPEEDLINE) Linear Units

Thomson’s WH belt-driven, wheel-guided products are designed for dynamic applications demanding high speed and high acceleration but requiring smooth motion with medium to high loads. 

WH (SPEEDLINE) Linear Units slide guided linear guides

WM (POWERLINE) Linear Units

The WM family provides screw-driven, ball-guided motion for applications requiring stiffness, rigidity, and precision. The MLSM offers additional moment load with a wide-bearing architecture. WV units are similar to the WM units, but designed to be used with external bearing guides. The WMZ units provide the high-capacity WM bearing system, but in a belt-drive for higher speeds. 

WM (POWERLINE) Linear Units

Linear Tables

Thomson’s linear tables are ballscrew driven units with a dual-rail, four bearing setup that allows for high precision with maximum moment load. Ideal applications include machine tool automation and testing equipment. 

Linear Tables

MS (MicroStage) Linear Units

Thomson's MicroStage MS ultra compact linear slide tables are among the most compact, low cost, and lightweight ball guided systems on the market today. The guide's design is based off Thomson's Super Ball Bushing® technology and is ideal for automation in cramped areas. 

Microstage Linear Units
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