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Backlash 101 by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 15 2019

Backlash 101

Backlash (lash) is the relative axial clearance between a screw and nut without rotation of the screw or nut. Lash will always increase with use. Helix has developed several unique ways to reduce or remove the lash between the screw and nut.

The Brief Acme Thread Form Dictionary by Christopher Nook
Date: Nov 08 2017

The Brief Acme Thread Form Dictionary

The Acme thread form, established over 100 years ago, replaced square thread screws. Square thread screws had straight-sided flanks and were difficult to manufacture, so that makes the Acme thread form a great improvement.

FAQ Friday: The Top 4 Profile Rails Questions Answered by Christopher Nook
Date: Oct 06 2017

FAQ Friday: The Top 4 Profile Rails Questions Answered

Helix Profile Rail Linear Actuators feature smooth, clean and quiet linear positioning. The PRA linear actuator utilizes a precision ground profile rail for guidance to deliver pitch, roll and yaw guidance. We compiled the top profile rail systems and blocks questions we get asked.

FAQ Friday: The Top 4 Questions About Slide Systems by Christopher Nook
Date: Sep 22 2017

FAQ Friday: The Top 4 Questions About Slide Systems

If you've ever wondered about the construction of slide systems and their functions, scroll below to read the top four most frequently asked questions.

A Brief Overview of Acme Lead Screw Lubricants by Christopher Nook
Date: Sep 13 2017

A Brief Overview of Acme Lead Screw Lubricants

Acme lead screws are increasingly the preferred solution for linear actuation. Lubrication for acme screws is just as important. Lubricant types fall into two categories: liquid and non-liquid. Liquid lubricants are petroleum-based mineral oils with 90% or higher base oil. Non-liquid lubricants – or, dry lubricants – are used when an oil-based lubricant is ineffective.

This Is Why You Should Invest In Plastic Screws by Christopher Nook
Date: Aug 30 2017

This Is Why You Should Invest In Plastic Screws

One of the benefits of lead screw assemblies is how easily they can be customized. Engineers have the option of working with a variety of materials from stainless steel, alloy steel, aluminum, titanium, and bronze. The manufacturing methods range from rolled, ground, machined...and molded?

10 Reasons Why the Helix H10X™ Coating Is Better by Christopher Nook
Date: Aug 18 2017

10 Reasons Why the Helix H10X™ Coating Is Better

Our Helix H10X™ coating is now available. We have debuted a new PTFE coating in order to ensure an even longer life of your lead screw. Below are the top 10 reasons why our H10X™ coating is an improvement:

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?

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.

Chemical Compatibility of a Helix Trapezoidal Screw Assembly with Plastic Nuts by Christopher Nook
Date: Dec 22 2014

Chemical Compatibility of a Helix Trapezoidal Screw Assembly with Plastic Nuts

As you know, the performance of trapezoidal screw assemblies doesn't just rely on the type of screw used, but in matching the given screw with the proper nut.