In our 2020 recap of the most-read linear motion articles, we noted how our readers went “back to basics,” with articles about fundamental engineering topics dominating the list. That theme continued in 2021, but this year, the dominant articles dealt not only with engineering basics, but more specifically with “how to calculate” topics. And although our focus is linear motion, readers are overwhelmingly interested in articles related to motors — a testament to the fact that strict mechanical and electrical engineering silos no longer exist. A successful design or application engineer needs to be well-versed in both disciplines.
In case you missed — or want to re-visit — any of our most popular topics over the past year, here are the top 10 most-read linear motion articles of 2021.
When choosing a motor to drive a ball screw, one of the most important factors is the required torque the motor must produce during both continuous and peak operation.