Lubrication: Grease or Oil?

Lack of lubrication is generally regarded as the number one cause of bearing failure. For recirculating linear bearings, such as profiled rail guides and ball screws, lubrication separates…

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Nook Industries Introduces Modular Actuator Calculator

Nook Industries, a leading innovator of linear motion components and systems, has introduced an engineering calculator for modular actuators—one of the only of its kind in existence. The…

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Why RMS torque is important for motor sizing

Servo motor performance is highly influenced by the motor’s ability to dissipate heat and avoid thermal overload, which can damage internal components and even demagnetize the magnets. Internal thermal…

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Round shaft or profiled rail? How to choose.

When designing a linear motion system, engineers have two primary choices in recirculating linear guides—round shaft or profiled rail. Choosing the wrong linear motion system can be a…

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Nook Industries offers complete line of worm gear screw jacks

Nook Industries, a leading innovator of linear motion components and systems, offers the ActionJac™ series worm gear screw jack product line. ActionJac models are ruggedly designed and produced in…

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Compact Series from PBC Linear offers low profile linear motion solutions

PBC Linear has recently released a low profile linear guide system, the Compact Series. This addition to the Mechantronics Enabled initiative is designed to provide smooth, accurate, and…

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Planetary Screw Assemblies: New sizes with increased capacity range

Rexroth opens up new fields of applications with planetary screw assemblies with new sizes. The drive elements with screw diameters up to 75 mm and leads up to…

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What’s the difference between inertia and momentum?

The concepts of inertia and momentum are often confused—possibly due to the similarity of their definitions. Inertia is generally described as an object’s resistance to motion, with momentum being the…

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PHD releases two new linear slides

Built on the foundation of long-life products for industrial automation, PHD Optimax actuators are designed to meet machine builders’ performance requirements. These economical, efficient, and reliable actuators provide…

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A selection guide for linear systems

Gone are the days when machine designers and builders had to choose between constructing their own linear system from scratch or settling for a limited range of pre-assembled systems that,…

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Ball screw lubricant from Nook Industries

Nook Industries, a leading innovator of linear motion components and systems, offers E-900 ball screw lubricant for use on any of its ball screw products, such as ball screw…

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Linear Motors Explained

The use of linear motors in industries as diverse as packaging and semiconductor manufacturing is a testament to their suitability for a wide range of applications. In recent…

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Standard ball screws now available from Nook Industries

Nook Industries, a leading innovator of linear motion components and systems, proudly offers a complete line of standard ball screw products. An upgrade from acme screws, ball screws…

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Linear motion tips for food and beverage applications

It’s not hard to understand why applications in the food and beverage industry are especially challenging for linear motion systems. Food processing and packaging equipment must simultaneously meet high throughput requirements…

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PQ12-P Linear Actuator with Feedback

3d printed hand for amputees uses Firgelli’s miniature actuators

Youbionic’s artificial hand intended for amputees uses Firgelli’s PQ12-P Linear Actuator with Feedback. Product Details Miniature Linear Actuators with 20mm stroke, and built in position feedback potentiometer. Apply positive voltage to extend and negative to retract. Connect to the internal potentiometer to read the position feedback.   NOTE: Turn your PQ12 -P into a Linear


Breaking down linear bearing construction

As with most complex products or systems, specifying and applying profiled rail bearings doesn’t require that you know every detail of linear bearing construction. But having a basic…

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Bevel gear screw jack system for variety of specifications and duty cycles.

Nook Industries’ line of bevel gear screw jack systems, under the ActionJac brand, is available in many configurations.  Available in machine and ball models, all bevel gear screw…

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Tips for selecting and applying telescoping linear bearings

Profiled rail and round shaft linear bearings are ideal for applications that require long stroke lengths in a fixed footprint. But if the design calls for a bearing…

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Low cost, high precision vertical lift stage

The AT10-120 motorized vertical stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a high resolution, low profile, high load vertical lift stage that can be easily integrated into…

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Two-Axis Gear-Drive Gimbal from Aerotech

AMG-GR gear-driven motorized gimbals provide economical, high-accuracy elevation-over-azimuth positioning. The AMG-GR is available in a variety of standard travel ranges in both azimuth and elevation to fit any…

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Programmable actuators available with ball screws or Acme screws, and servo or stepper-drive systems.

Nook Industries’ line of Series 500 programmable actuators are designed for continuous duty and long service life. The Series 500 uses a direct or toothed-belt drive for better…

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ATEX rated explosion-proof linear actuators

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has expanded its Exlar® linear actuator line to include the EL120 explosion-proof linear actuators. The EL120 linear actuators meet ATEX requirements for use in potentially explosive atmospheres…

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New video demonstrates how to synchronize multiple lifting columns

Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has released a new video to demonstrate how design engineers can synchronize multiple Thomson Lifting Columns quickly and easily….

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Happy Earth Day! How designers and engineers can make a difference

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Industrial sector was responsible for 51 percent of global energy consumption in 2011 (the latest year for which figures are…

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Nook Industries offers caged ball profiled rails for linear guidance

Nook Industries, a leading innovator of linear motion components and systems, introduces caged ball profile rails for linear guidance. Caged ball chains provide reduced friction and lower noise…

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