by Dave Arguin
Date: Jul 23 2021

Linear Motion: A Driving Force in Industry Productivity

Whatever the motion control requirements, linear actuators and leadscrew assemblies play a crucial role in material handling, packaging, and food processing equipment.

Acme Threaded Rods from Helix Linear Technologies by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 30 2021

Acme Threaded Rods from Helix Linear Technologies

Our Acme threaded rods start in long lengths that can be shipped to you as-is or cut and machined to your specifications.

by Dave Arguin
Date: Jun 18 2021

Acme Screws and Looney Tunes Cartoons: Bridging the Gap Between Perception and Precision

When people hear the word Acme, many conjure up the image of the Acme brand products used by Wile E. Coyote. While Acme products may have had a generic connotation and produced substandard results as demonstrated in the Coyote's experience, Acme, as we know it today, is the exact opposite.

by Dave Arguin
Date: Jun 10 2021

Captive vs. Non-Captive Linear Stepper Motor Actuators

For a lead screw linear actuator to convert rotary motion into linear motion, there must be an anti-rotation element on the nut design where the lead screw is rotating. The anti-rotation feature applies to an external linear actuator design as well. However, for captive and non-captive linear actuators where the nut is integral to the rotor and confined within the motor, the lead screw is prevented from rotating to translate rotary motion into linear motion.

3 Ways Lead Screws are Used in Medical Imaging Applications by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 30 2021

3 Ways Lead Screws are Used in Medical Imaging Applications

Lead screws are used in multiple types of medical imaging applications. Find out how they are used and what type of lead screw works in each type of imaging machine here.

Precision Torque Splines - Highly Customizable for Multiple Industry Applications by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 22 2021

Precision Torque Splines - Highly Customizable for Multiple Industry Applications

Torque splines are highly customizable multi-functional linear motion assemblies that are used to provide two axes of motion. Teeth on a drive shaft match with corresponding grooves on a mating piece that transfer torque while maintaining angular correspondence.

by Dave Arguin
Date: Apr 15 2021

Lead Screws vs. Ball Screws: Which Will Work Best for Your Application?

Reviewing the characteristics of lead screws vs. ball screws can help you select the right screw-driven system for your linear motion application.

Stepper Motor Linear Actuators: 2.1V – 12v Actuator Options by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 16 2021

Stepper Motor Linear Actuators: 2.1V – 12v Actuator Options

Linear actuators are mechanical devices used to generate motion in a straight line. Linear actuators can be lead screw driven and are used in a wide variety of industries and applications to convert rotary motion to linear motion.