While the articles on this site cover a broad range of linear motion topics, one topic that always makes the “top posts” list is ball screws. And this year was no disappointment. Take a look at the top five LinearMotionTips.com articles of 2017 to see what else our readers were most interested in this year.
1. Linear actuators: belt driven vs. rack and pinion driven
Belts and rack and pinion systems are both well-established drive mechanisms in linear actuators, providing high-speed travel over extremely long lengths. And both are frequently used in large gantry robots for the automotive, machine tool, and packaging industries. But despite their overlap in capabilities and uses, there are some performance criteria that can steer the decision between belts and rack and pinion systems.