Benefits of American-Made: Nook Industries/HELIX Linear Technologies by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 05 2013

Benefits of American-Made: Nook Industries/HELIX Linear Technologies

In a global economy, product developers have many options for sourcing the manufacturing of linear motion control systems and engineered components. While some manufacturers have outsourced actuator work overseas, an increasing number are reaping the benefits of working with a state-of-the-art US-based manufacturing facility, such as those operated by Nook Industries and its HELIX™ Linear Technologies subsidiary.

Five Key Steps for Selecting Lead Screw-Driven Motion Control Systems by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 21 2013

Five Key Steps for Selecting Lead Screw-Driven Motion Control Systems

Selecting the right motion control system can often mean the difference between success and failure. To optimize performance, reliability, maintenance requirements, and service life, design engineers should conduct a thorough evaluation of their options in conjunction with configuring the most suitable lead screw as a means to drive the specific application.

The Four Most Common Uses of Electric Linear Actuators by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 21 2013

The Four Most Common Uses of Electric Linear Actuators

The reason electric linear actuators are a preferred choice for converting rotary motion into linear motion is that they have many advantages.

The Helix Acme Lead Screw Advantage by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 15 2013

The Helix Acme Lead Screw Advantage

Acme screws provide distinct advantages for many of today’s linear motion applications, such as the motion control systems incorporated in many lead screw medical devices.

Lead Screws: Small Size Doubles Duty in Medical Device Design by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 06 2013

Lead Screws: Small Size Doubles Duty in Medical Device Design

Helix has recently introduced its precision miniature lead screw designs for light load medical device design and applications that deliver fast speed and close tolerance positioning. Designed for compact applications that require the dual ability to be fast and precise - ideal for accurate positioning requiring a rapid approach and retraction.

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.

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.

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.