Thomson Industries

Machinery : Process Technology : Motion Control

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Radford, Virginia, United States

Thomson invented anti-friction linear technology over 60 years ago and has continued to lead the industry ever since. The Thomson brand is recognized and trusted as the global leader in mechanical motion technology. Since 2018 when Thomson was acquired by Altra Industrial Motion, our product range has grown significantly. Our family of linear and mechanical motion products also includes BSA, Neff, Tollo, Micron, Deltran and Cleveland - all now part of Thomson.

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Getting up to Speed: Understanding ball screw potential and limitations

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✍️ Authors: Thaniel Smith, Ian Miller

🔖 Topics: machine design

🏢 Organizations: Motion Industries, Thomson Industries

The ability to operate consistently at higher speeds is why motion system designers often specify ball screws over lead screws. However, ball screws have speed limitations of their own. Understanding those will help you optimize ball screw assembly performance in applications ranging from small laboratory fluid pumps to large overhead gantries and high-performance machinery.

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