Thomson has added a unique screw jack configuration and selection tool to its online engineering toolset. The new Thomson screw jack product selector helps design engineers optimize and specify screw jacks for applications involving loads of up to 100 tons.
“Screw jacks are increasingly replacing hydraulic cylinders in many ultra-heavy, low duty-cycle applications, and there are hundreds of thousands of possible configurations. Our new product selector helps design engineers find the fastest path to a screw jack that is expertly engineered to meet their needs,” said Mitch Katona, Product Line Specialist – Screw Jacks at Thomson.
Design engineers using the new tool will configure their screw jack via an intuitive online interface that prompts them to enter load, speed, travel, duty cycle and other motion parameters. The tool then presents options to narrow their choices further based on screw type, mounting, environmental conditions, integration requirements and other factors unique to their applications.
As users enter each application parameter, the tool dynamically regenerates the selection in real time so they can see the impact of configuration changes immediately, a capability not available from other screw jack suppliers. Once they are comfortable with the selection, users can review details in a complete technical specification dedicated to their choice, download a comprehensive PDF, and download an interactive 3D file ready to use with the CAD program of their choice. Such efficient, interactive product selection can help OEMs get their systems into production more quickly.
Thomson now offers a wide selection of machine screw jacks and ball screw jacks. They are ideal for static applications involving heavy loads or for lower duty cycle applications that do not require the precision of an electromechanical actuator. Application examples include AGVs transporting heavy loads, automobile lifts, solar panels, airport jetway adjustments and printing presses.
“Motion engineers are experts in their own applications and in motion control principles but may not be that familiar with the gear ratios, screw types and other factors impacting screw jack performance. Now they don’t have to be. We’ve designed this new tool to be intuitive for self-service, but it is also a great companion for a live conversation with a Thomson expert,” said Katona.
To use the new Thomson screw jack product selector, visit www.thomsonlinear.com/en/products/screw-jacks.