Top 10 Mechanical Actuator Questions Answered by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 04 2013

Top 10 Mechanical Actuator Questions Answered

Most design engineers know that a mechanical linear actuator is a device that converts rotary motion into linear movement—such as lead screws, ball screws, and acme screws.

5 Steps to Designing Linear Actuators for Medical Devices by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 01 2013

5 Steps to Designing Linear Actuators for Medical Devices

Although the term “linear actuator” can be defined broadly as any mechanical device that converts energy into controlled, straight-line motion, the definition narrows in the context of devices used for medical treatment and biomedical/chemical research.

How to Pick the Right Acme Nut for your Lead Screw Application by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 26 2013

How to Pick the Right Acme Nut for your Lead Screw Application

High-end, motion control lead screw applications only perform as anticipated when the screw is matched with the right acme nut—whether the acme nut be available as a standard component or produced from a specific custom design.

Lead Screws vs Ball Screws: It's All about the Application by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 22 2013

Lead Screws vs Ball Screws: It's All about the Application

Today’s motion-driven automation environments demand effective linear motion control systems, such as lead screws and ball screws. Although lead screws are often seen as less expensive substitutes for ball screws, making a decision on which type of screw to use is a lot more complicated than focusing solely on cost.

Choosing the Best Acme Screw for Your Application by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 18 2013

Choosing the Best Acme Screw for Your Application

Acme screws are a mainstay for supplying motion and positioning control in many types of machinery, including CNC milling machines, lathes, syringe pumps, linear actuators, 3D printers, and robotic systems.

New Opportunities Emerge with Lead Screw Innovation by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 14 2013

New Opportunities Emerge with Lead Screw Innovation

Today, high precision lead and acme screws offer the latest technology for motion control with many opportunities, such as;

The Importance of Proper Lubrication for Acme Screws by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 11 2013

The Importance of Proper Lubrication for Acme Screws

The coefficient of friction, wear life and resulting torque to drive acme screws and acme screw assemblies are highly controlled by the ability of the engineered plastic to supply sufficient lubrication to the nut and screw interface.

Three Cool Projects for a Small Linear Actuator by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 04 2013

Three Cool Projects for a Small Linear Actuator

In short, a linear actuator is a device that creates linear (straight) motion. From highly complex applications to the simplest button pressing application, small linear actuators are used everywhere!

What Puts the Precision in Precision Acme Lead Screws? by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 31 2013

What Puts the Precision in Precision Acme Lead Screws?

Lead accuracy is the difference between the actual distances traveled versus the theoretical distance traveled based on lead. Obviously, the better the lead accuracy, the better precision you have.

Acme Threaded Rod 101 by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 29 2013

Acme Threaded Rod 101

The acme thread form, established over 100 years ago, replaced square thread screws, which had straight-sided flanks and were difficult to manufacture.