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Linear Motion Solutions for Medical Imaging Applications by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 28 2013

Linear Motion Solutions for Medical Imaging Applications

The number of medical imaging systems continues to grow at a projected annual rate of 6.8 percent, and linear motion control systems have become vital to the successful development, advancement, and deployment of these important pieces of medical equipment.

How a Small Electric Actuator Operates Automotive Headlights by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 20 2013

How a Small Electric Actuator Operates Automotive Headlights

Aside from mechanics and car buffs, most people who drive automobiles have no idea that small electric actuators—also known as mini actuators—are at work, performing a variety of automotive functions that are simply taken for granted

Increase Packaging Machine Flexibility with Electric Actuators by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 14 2013

Increase Packaging Machine Flexibility with Electric Actuators

Several trends are driving increased demand for electric actuators for providing linear motion control in packaging machines. While pneumatics-driven actuation has historically served this function, the industry is transitioning away from that approach in order to realize greater flexibility, cleaner operation, less noise, and reduced costs.

Electric Actuator or Pneumatic Actuator? by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 07 2013

Electric Actuator or Pneumatic Actuator?

Many types of machinery need to position components and/or move loads in a linear fashion, and machine designers routinely face the question of whether to use an electric linear actuator or a pneumatic actuator to fulfill this requirement.

How Aircraft Systems Rely on Acme Thread Actuators by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 05 2013

How Aircraft Systems Rely on Acme Thread Actuators

Even though the acme thread form was originally developed more than 100 years ago, it has proven to be such a reliable and effective design that actuators driven by screws using this thread have become a staple for providing linear actuation and motion control in today’s modern aircraft for non flight critical applications, as well as in the docking and maintenance equipment used to service airline fleets.

How to Avoid Making the 5 Most Common Motion Control Mistakes by Christopher Nook
Date: May 21 2013

How to Avoid Making the 5 Most Common Motion Control Mistakes

Given the range of motion control devices, systems, and assemblies that are available on the market—plus advances in the development of innovative MCSs and the greater demands for today’s precision guidance and positioning applications.

Selecting the Optimal Linear Slides for Guidance and Positioning by Christopher Nook
Date: May 17 2013

Selecting the Optimal Linear Slides for Guidance and Positioning

Achieving precise guidance and positioning through linear motion control has become a common requirement in today’s manufacturing environments. Virtually all manufacturing processes utilize some type of linear motion control, for which linear slides offer a simple, flexible, and cost-effective solution.

Top 10 Mechanical Actuator Questions Answered by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 04 2013

Top 10 Mechanical Actuator Questions Answered

Most design engineers know that a mechanical linear actuator is a device that converts rotary motion into linear movement—such as lead screws, ball screws, and acme screws.

Acme Threaded Rod 101 by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 29 2013

Acme Threaded Rod 101

The acme thread form, established over 100 years ago, replaced square thread screws, which had straight-sided flanks and were difficult to manufacture.

How to Compare Acme Nuts and Acme Nut Material by Christopher Nook
Date: Jan 17 2013

How to Compare Acme Nuts and Acme Nut Material

Not sure which material to use for your acme nuts? Learn the basics of the materials used in acme nuts and how to compare them with our helpful PowerPoint that we have created for you. Please note that all Helix materials used have been selected for low friction, minimum wear, long life and clean operation.