Find the Air in Your Ways - Go Electric by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 17 2016

Find the Air in Your Ways - Go Electric

Getting some fresh air is always a good idea right? It wakes you up, refreshes you or even changes your mindset. But what happens when the air starts to get stale?

Linear Actuators - When DIY Turns into Why by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 11 2016

Linear Actuators - When DIY Turns into Why

We have all been there – you saw a great idea and thought “I can do that”. Whether it was a repair on your car, a landscaping project in your backyard, or even a craft idea for your house, we have all had a DIY project go wrong.

Dave Arguin joins Helix Linear Technologies by Christopher Nook
Date: Aug 31 2015

Dave Arguin joins Helix Linear Technologies

Beachwood, OH – August 27, 2015 – Helix Linear Technologies has hired Dave Arguin to help expand a steadily growing list of national and international lead screw and linear actuator clients.

A Custom Lead Screw Nut Might Be the Answer by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 28 2015

A Custom Lead Screw Nut Might Be the Answer

There are a bevy of factors that dictate the performance of a lead screw, to include how it is mounted, as we covered in our last article. However, we believe that the most important factor is the pairing of the lead screw with the lead screw nut.

Helix Acme Lead Screw Standard Mounting Options by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 08 2015

Helix Acme Lead Screw Standard Mounting Options

In order to ensure that an acme lead screw serves a particular application correctly, there are a variety of factors that need to be considered. In fact, there are four primary things to consider when it comes to lead screw selection: load, speed, length of travel and end fixity.

Should You Increase RPM or the Lead of Your Lead Screw? by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 25 2015

Should You Increase RPM or the Lead of Your Lead Screw?

When it comes to lead screw performance, it's all about axial load and rotational speed (RPM). As you likely know, the relationship between these two factors is known as "pressure velocity", or the PV curve. Simply put, this PV curve defines the safe limits of load and speed.

A Closer Look at Twin-Lead Acme Screw Assemblies by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 17 2015

A Closer Look at Twin-Lead Acme Screw Assemblies

If you are reading this, you probably know a thing or two about Acme lead screws and how they are fast becoming the preferred choice among design engineers when working with certain types of linear motion applications. One of the reasons for this, as we've covered in a previous article, is the fact that Acme lead screws come in "many different flavors", meaning that you'll be hard-pressed not to find one that fits your application.

Lead Screw Column Strength Explained by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 03 2015

Lead Screw Column Strength Explained

It goes without saying that there are a lot of factors that go into selecting the right lead screw for your linear motion application. In a previous post, we told you about the importance of critical speed, which is defined as the speed that excites the natural frequency of the screw.

Working with Critical Speeds and Lead Screws by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 26 2015

Working with Critical Speeds and Lead Screws

There are a variety of factors that must be considered before screw selection is determined in any type of application. One factor that should not be overlooked when it comes to selecting lead screws is critical speed. Lead screws, like any object in our environment, have a natural frequency.

A Lead Screw End Machining Primer by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 05 2015

A Lead Screw End Machining Primer

Although lead screw end machining is not required for every application, the vast majority of applications do involve some sort of modification to one or both of the screw's ends. Here, we discuss some of the common elements that go into end machining, some related terms and other concepts that should be considered when utilizing a lead screw in your linear motion application.