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