To Coat or Not to Coat (Your Lead Screw)- H10X PTFE ™ Coating from Helix Linear Technologies

Christopher Nook by Christopher Nook

Helix PTFE H10X Lead Screw Coating is a fluoropolymer-based coating combined with specially formulated resins to provide a tough, durable film for dry lubrication.

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Helix PTFE H10X Lead Screw Coating is a fluoropolymer-based coating combined with specially formulated resins to provide a tough, durable film for dry lubrication. Our proprietary PTFE lead screw coating is an ideal choice for use in clean environments where additional lubricants are not an option, including; medical, semiconductor, electronic, and high precision environments. This permanent coating can be added to any Helix Linear lead screw or acme screw, even if you don't require a clean environment. Our coating increases efficiency by up to 6 points. The coefficient of friction reduces to .08 static and .09 dynamic compared to the uncoated value of .15.

 

 

What makes Helix PTFE H10X lead screw and Acme screw coating different?  

  1. Durability

Our coating is precision sprayed and cured in-house at 600 degrees, giving it incredible durability. The film components stratify during the curing process, retaining the fluoropolymer properties (such as low-coefficient of friction and non-stick characteristics).

Helix PTFE H10X™ Lead Screw and Acme screw coating holds firm during handling and installation and is not susceptible to flaking, chipping, denting, or peeling associated with soft coatings. It is designed to stay on the screw threads for the product's lifetime, and there is no particulate transfer from the screw to the nut.

The durability of our lead screw coating doesn't stop in mechanical handling. Helix PTFE H10X™ offers excellent abrasion and salt spray resistance. Plus, our proprietary blend does not react, form paste, or strip off the coating in applications requiring additional lubrication. It is highly compatible with multiple greases and cutting fluids.

  1. Visibility

You can see our coating, and that's on purpose. The dark color offers high contrast against the screw material and allows you to visually inspect thread coating adherence, giving you visual evidence that it's doing its job.

  1. Affordability

The cost to add the coating is minimal, and the benefits are significant. By creating a low friction surface layer between the screw and nut threads with Helix PTFE H10X™, you extend the life of the lead screw and nut combination up to 10 times its typical life-cycle. These benefits equal less maintenance and reduced labor, no additional lubrication material costs, and more time between replacements.

Contact us today to speak with a Helix Linear Technologies project engineer about the use of PTFE H10X™ in your next lead screw or acme screw project. 

 

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Resources:

2D/3D Helix Linear Technologies CAD Configurators

Lead Screw Calculators

Download The Helix Linear Technologies Lead Screw Catalog

H10X Coating Data Sheet

Lead Screws