06-15-2016 - RADFORD, VA – Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has released an educational video that provides design engineers with best practice tips on how to increase the rigidity of a linear actuator.
“Linear actuators are designed to handle loads axially,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Specialist for Linear Actuators at Thomson. “One of the most common failure modes of linear actuators is side loading.” This occurs when a force exists that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation.
In the video, Carlberg describes how stroke length can affect design: “The longer the stroke length, the more susceptible an actuator is to binding or bending of the screw.” He goes on to explain how to increase the rigidity in an actuator: “A nut guide can be added for additional load support, and a design engineer could increase the ball screw diameter to add rigidity to the linear actuator.”
Thomson strives to continually innovate and lead the marketplace in linear motion solutions and share their application engineering and technical expertise. To that end, Thomson has authored a wide range of educational videos, webinars and technical white papers available now at http://www.thomsonlinear.com to inform and guide design engineers, explain technology alternatives and simplify the linear motion component selection process.
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About Thomson Industries, Inc. With more than 70 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 and defense markets. Thomson has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with more than 2000 distributor locations around the world.
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