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Ball Screws vs Lead Screws - Pros and Cons by Christopher Nook
Date: May 10 2019

Ball Screws vs Lead Screws - Pros and Cons

Lead screws and ball screws have been the most trusted and cost effective means of translating rotational energy to linear motion.

4 Things to Know About Buying a Lead Screw by Christopher Nook
Date: May 07 2019

4 Things to Know About Buying a Lead Screw

Lead screws are an excellent linear motion product that converts rotary motion to linear motion very economically and until recently offered only moderate accuracy and repeatability.

Does Your Lead Screw Need End Machining? by Christopher Nook
Date: Sep 25 2017

Does Your Lead Screw Need End Machining?

Linear motion applications utilizing a ball screw or an acme screw require high tolerance screw end machining matched with precision bearing mounts. Helix Linear Technologies has designed a family of standard machined ends applicable to a variety of bearing arrangements.

Your Lead Screw Coating Matters — Here’s Why by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 12 2017

Your Lead Screw Coating Matters — Here’s Why

Coatings are made up of resin, additives, and a liquefying agent that’s either “water-based” or “solvent-based”. Water-based coatings and solvent-based coatings have distinct purposes that depend on your needs. One coating may work better under mild weather conditions.

The Acme Lead Screw Backlash Survival Guide by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 18 2017

The Acme Lead Screw Backlash Survival Guide

So what's so important about perfecting your acme lead screw backlash design and why do you need a survival guide to help steer you in the right direction? Find out everything you need to know about backlash here.

How to Choose an Anti-backlash Lead Screw Nut by Christopher Nook
Date: Apr 19 2016

How to Choose an Anti-backlash Lead Screw Nut

Lead screws are the norm for today's linear motion applications but despite the lead screw's advantages over competing technologies (i.e. affordability, precision, the ability to design with freedom, reduced maintenance, etc.), lead screw systems do have a certain amount of “play"

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.

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.