Helix is Leading the Pack When it Comes to Lead Screws

Christopher Nook by Christopher Nook

Sometimes big things come in small packages. This is especially true in mechanical design where even the smallest, seemingly simple components, such as lead screws can have a huge impact on the final product.

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Sometimes big things come in small packages.

This is especially true in mechanical design where even the smallest, seemingly simple components, such as lead screws can have a huge impact on the final product. Lead screws are spurring growth and innovation in a variety of linear motion applications and quickly becoming the preferred choice over ball screws among mechanical engineers for many reasons. The benefits of using Helix precision screws are their low cost, no need for lubrication (lower maintenance), quieter operation, energy efficiency, and design flexibility.

While some applications may require a more costly technology such as ball screws, Helix miniature precision lead screws are a great fit for many applications. If you have never considered using a lead screw or if it has been a while since you have, do yourself a favor and take a look at our miniature precision screws. We can achieve accuracy of up to .0003”/inch in a rolled screw product. A screw made by the rolling process is much less costly than a ground screw. Why pay for more accuracy than you need?

Helix Linear Technologies can further enhance your cost advantage by leveraging our years of screw engineering experience when it comes to your next application. You can get a Helix screw with virtually any diameter/lead combination and any kind of custom end machining. We also have experience rolling screws and making lead nuts in a variety of materials. All this is done in our state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility where we employ today's leading manufacturing processes to drive lead screw innovation. We provide the highest precision, best-made screws available for your application.

Here's a closer look at how Helix is leading the way when it comes to lead screws:

  • Materials: Your application will often dictate the type and style of screw that you need. Helix has a wide range of materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and titanium screws which can be paired with either an engineered polymer or bearing-grade bronze nut. We offer enough material choices to satisfy the demands of any application.
  • Application Specific: Helix screws are flexible and customizable, both in terms of diameter/lead combinations and end machining. Not long ago, design engineers had to make their design fit the screw. Not anymore - today, Helix screws are customizable and hundreds of options are available so that you can customize the screw fit your design and maximize product efficiency. At Helix, we specialize in making sure products fulfill your application's needs - down to the smallest detail.
  • Nut Design: The lead nut design is just as critical as the lead screw design. Helix lead nuts can also be custom made by using different materials and/or combining several components. Lead nuts can be injection molded and/or machined for the best possible cost and performance combination. Helix specializes in crafting nuts that can stand up to the demands of your application and environmental conditions.
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Just because it's worth repeating, Helix operates from a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility and uses the most advanced manufacturing methods available to ensure precision and accuracy on every screw and lead nut it produces. Simply put, the products developed by Helix Linear Technologies are precise, dependable, reliable and of exceptional quality. Why would you want anything less for your designs?

Remember, your product is going to be judged by how well it performs and how long it lasts. So consider the source when it comes to procuring lead screws for your mechanical designs? For more information on how Helix Linear Technologies is leading the pack and driving more innovation in linear motion technologies, download our latest Precision Miniature Lead Screw Assemblies Catalog.

Sometimes the biggest and most important things come in the smallest packages. Is your current lead screw supplier living up to your standards?

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