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10/6/2009 | Free One Hour Educational Webinar from Thomson - Ball Screws 301: A Practical Approach to Ball Screw Integration

WOOD DALE, IL – On October 14, 2009, Thomson is presenting a free, live educational webinar:

Ball Screws 301: A Practical Approach to Integration. 

The latest in a series of regular webinars on the application of mechanical and electromechanical linear motion technology from Thomson, Ball Screws 301 is designed for mechanical motion design engineers at all experience levels who are interested in learning more about appropriately integrating ball screws on single or multi-axis machines. The seminar will deliver solid, practical information - not a sales pitch – on how to design and build better machines with ball screw technology.  Two sessions are available:

Session A - 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. / 9:00 a.m. C.S.T. / 7:00 a.m. P.S.T
Session B - 3:00 p.m. E.S.T. / 2:00 p.m. C.S.T. / 12:00 noon P.S.T. 
Registration is required

In one hour, participants will walk through:

1) Introduction
a. Why a ball screw? 
b. Typical applications
c. Design tree
- Basic parameters
- Application requirements
- Optional features
- Design calculations

2) Design Application – XYZ Coordinate Machine 
a.  Size and select components based on common parameters using the design tree
b.  X-Axis
- Horizontal loading: acceleration / deceleration, linear rail / profile rail selection
- High load 
- Low Speed
c.  Y-Axis
- Vertical loading: G-forces, brakes, safety - load lock
- Low speed
d. Z-Axis
- High speed
- Low load
- High accuracy

3) Available design tools and calculations

For persons who are interested but unable to attend, this webinar will be archived for on-demand viewing. 

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About The Presenter
Jeff Johnson, Product Engineer-- has a total of 18 years of engineering experience including 9 years of linear motion experience and 6 years of bearing design experience.  For the last 3 years Jeff has worked in the ball screw industry with emphasis on product design, product support, and application engineering.  Jeff is currently responsible for supporting all of the North American industrial ball screw business for Thomson.

About Thomson
With more than 60 years of motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings and Profile Rail Bearings, 60 Case™ Shafting, ground and rolled Ball Screws, Linear Actuators, Gearheads, Clutches, Brakes, 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 mechanical motion control solutions serving global commercial and aerospace & defense markets.  Thomson Industries, Inc. has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with over 2000 distributor locations around the world.

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