1 Lead Screws , ball Screws and ball Splines Thomson the Choice for Optimized Motion Solutions Often the ideal design solution is not about finding the fastest, sturdiest, most accurate or even the least expensive option. Rather, the ideal solution is the optimal balance of perfor- mance, life and cost. The Best Positioned Supplier of Mechanical Motion Technology Thomson has several advantages that make us the supplier of choice for motion control technology. Thomson provides the broadest standard product offering of mechanical motion technologies in the industry. Modified versions of standard product or white sheet design solutions are routine for us. Choose Thomson and gain access to over 70 years of global application experience in industries including packaging, factory automa- tion, material handling, medical, clean energy, printing, automotive, machine tool, aerospace and defense.
2 As part of Altra, we are financially strong and unique in our ability to bring together control, drive, motor, power transmission and precision Linear motion technologies. A Name You Can Trust A wealth of product and application information as well as 3D models, software tools, our distributor locator and global contact information is available at For assistance, contact your local sales office (contact information listed on the back of catalog). Talk to us early in the design process to see how Thomson can help identify the optimal balance of performance, life and cost for your next application. And, call us or any of our 2000+ distribution partners around the world for fast delivery of replacement parts. The Altra Business System The Altra Business System (ABS) was established to increase the value we bring to customers. It is a mature and successful set of tools we use daily to continually improve manufacturing operations and product development processes.
3 ABS is based on the principles of Kaizen which continuously and aggressively eliminate waste in every aspect of our business. ABS focuses the entire organization on achieving breakthrough results that create competitive advantages in quality, delivery and performance advantages that are passed on to you. Through these advantages Thomson is able to provide you faster times to market as well as unsurpassed product selection, service, reli- ability and productivity. Local Support Around the Globe Application Centers Global Manufacturing Operations Global Design & Engineering Centers Lead Screws , ball Screws and ball Splines A World Class Heritage Serves as Our Foundation The very best of the Thomson , Warner, BSA and Neff ball and lead screw lines are now combined to form the most complete product offering in the industry Thomson has a long history of manufacturing quality lead Screws and ball Screws .
4 Our roots are planted in four separate companies that held strong and definitive footholds in the market. Those companies ball Screws & Actuators Co, Warner Linear , Thomson Industries, and Neff Automation now form the nucleus of the Thomson ball screw and lead screw business. Founded in 1971, the ball Screws & Actuators Co. (BSA) was a pioneer and leader in precision plastic nut, lead screw and ball screw technologies for Linear motion applications. Their custom and off-the-shelf solutions featured many patented products, including their ActiveCAM technology for eliminating backlash while increasing performance and wear life. Tollo Linear was founded in 1982 and manufactured Linear actuators, Linear drive units and handling components under a variety of trademarked product names. Its products were sold to direct customers, OEM manufacturers, and system houses throughout the world.
5 In 1989, Tollo Linear was purchased by Warner Electric and the new division became known as Warner Linear . Thomson Industries was the leading producer of Linear motion control products, including Linear actuators, ball Screws , Linear bearings and rails, and precision gearboxes. Its products were found in a range of precision motion applications in the medical, industrial, aerospace and mobile off-highway markets. Neff Automation was founded in 1905 and has since been a leading manufacturer of industrial products for Linear motion applications. In the past four decades Neff has become a market leader in high precision rolled ball Screws , providing solutions for customers all across the globe. The current lead screw and ball screw offerings combine the quality, strength and expertise of the distinct products and professionals at these four companies under the Thomson name.
6 The products set the solid foundation for the broad range of standard and custom lead and ball Screws available today. If past history and experience is an indication of what the future holds, Thomson is significantly poised to remain a prominent leader and pioneer in the ball screw and lead screw industry. Thomson BSA Lead Screws & Supernuts ball Screws and Actuators (BSA). Precision Rolled ball Screws Inch Series Warner Linear ball Screws Precision Plus ball Screws Inch & Metric Series Thomson Industries Miniature Rolled ball Screws Metric Series Neff Automation Thomson NEFF Rolled ball Screws Metric Series Precision Rolled ball Splines Inch Series 3. Company Overview.. 3. Product Overview.. 5. Request for Quote.. 6. Application Analysis Worksheet.. 7. Technology Comparison .. 8. Lead Screws Product Overview .. 12. Advanced Anti-Backlash Supernuts.
7 15. Flange Mount Supernuts.. 26. Thread Mount Supernuts.. 29. Metric Thread Mount Supernuts .. 32. Thread Mount Bronze Nuts.. 33. Standard Mounting Flanges .. 35. Stainless Steel Lead Screws .. 36. V-Thread Screws .. 39. ball Screws Inch Series Product Overview .. 42. Precision Rolled ball Screws Inch Series.. 44. Visual Product Reference Precision Rolled ball Screws Inch Series.. 89. Precision Plus ball Screws Inch Series .. 99. ball Screws Metric Series Product Overview .. 104. Miniature Rolled ball Screws Metric Series .. 111. Thomson NEFF Rolled ball Screws Metric Series.. 121. Precision Plus ball Screws Metric Series .. 137. ball Splines Precision Rolled ball Splines Inch Series.. 142. Bearing Supports/End Machining Product Overview .. 146. Quick Install Assemblies .. 149. Bearing Supports/End Machining .. 156. Engineering Lead Screws .. 181. ball Screws Inch Series.
8 189. ball Screws Metric Series.. 203. ball Splines .. 213. Installation .. 217. Maintenance and Service.. 227. Lubrication .. 233. Glossary/Formulas.. 234. 4 Lead Screws , ball Screws and ball Splines Product Overview Thomson BSA PRECISION LEAD Screws AND SUPERNUTS . Lead Screws Offering smooth, precise, cost effective positioning, this is the just right solution for your application. Thomson BSA precision lead Screws are an excellent economical solution for your Linear motion requirements. For more than 30 years, Thomson BSA has designed and manufactured the highest quality lead screw assemblies in the industry. Our precision rolling machines ensure accurate positioning to in/. ft and our PTFE coating process produces assemblies that have less drag torque and last longer. All of our standard plastic nut assemblies use an internally lubricated Acetal providing excellent lubricity and wear ball Screws - Inch Series resistance with or without additional lubrication.
9 With the introduction of our new unique patent pending zero backlash designs, Thomson BSA provides assemblies with high axial stiffness, zero backlash and the absolute minimum drag torque to reduce motor requirements. These designs produce products that cost less, perform better and last longer. Both designs automatically adjust for wear insuring zero backlash for the life of the nut. For significantly higher loads, standard bronze nuts are available. Thomson ball Screws INCH SERIES. The most comprehensive imperial-based ball screw product offering in the industry. ball Screws - Metric Series Thomson is the market leader in inch-dimensioned ball Screws , featuring the very best of the ball screw product offerings of BSA, Warner Linear , and Thomson Industries, integrated into a single, comprehensive product offering. Our Precision Rolled ball Screws come in a full range of diameters, leads, and ball nut configurations, in either preloaded or non-preloaded types, all in industry-standard envelopes.
10 They provide dependable accuracy and repeatability at an economical price. Thomson also offers inch-based Precision Plus ball Screws , which provide higher-level precision for immediate improvement in machine performance. All Thomson ball Screws feature a Gothic arch ball groove geometry that extends service life, reduces lash, and optimizes stiffness in preloaded assemblies. This unique design feature also eliminates skidding, increases positioning accuracy, and maximizes travel life. Thomson ball Screws METRIC SERIES. ball Splines Superior performance for today's most stringent positioning requirements. Thomson offers a full range of internal return metric ball screw products, featuring four distinct product families. Miniature Rolled ball screw Assemblies are an efficient, cost-effective solution in a small envelope. ball screw assemblies range from 4mm to 14mm in diameter, with standard lead accuracies of 52 microns/300mm.