Thomson expands range of miniature linear motion components

Thomson Industries is expanding its range of high-performance miniaturised components with the launch of several new products. The new precision TSI Rolled Ball Screws offer high load capacity, smoothness, and quiet operation which can be easily customised. Thomson's design offers up to two times more load capacity than alternate ball screws, resulting in longer life and better return on investment. Screws are available in diameter sizes from 6 to 14mm, with flexible ball nut mounting configurations and precision rolled screws to T7 accuracy class.

The new Thomson Miniature Metric Ball Bushing Bearings offer smooth and rapid operation in a light, compact package - lasting up to 27 times longer than conventional linear bearings. Lightweight design enables precision movements and short acceleration times. Double-lip integral wipers help secure lubrication while keeping dirt out, which increases life expectancy. Thomson Super bearing plates provide smooth operation and long life. An optional corrosion resistant version is available for use in harsh environments.

Another recently launched Thomson product with miniature sizes available is the Glide Screw. It combines the best features of linear bearings and linear guides into an easy-to-install, one-part product. It requires no external guides and delivers the ultimate in compact design. Glide Screw is a screw and a nut which can handle axial, radial and moment loads and is smaller, simpler and more reliable in many applications than traditional options. Its self-lubricating design makes it effectively maintenance free and the product has re-written the rules for achieving linear motion in small machines.

Thomson miniature components provide smooth, precise movement and are suitable for numerous applications in areas including medical diagnostics, test and measurement, rapid prototyping and mechatronics. They provide options for movement in every axis of motion in small packages, enabling more compact machine designs and reduced production costs.

Alongside existing miniature lead screws, linear bearings, profile rail guides, brakes and linear motion systems, the extended range of miniature components now also includes the new, metric rolled ball screws metric linear ball bushing bearings and the innovative Glide Screw; all of which are compact and cost-effective products.

Ben Gambrel, Senior Direct of Marketing, Linear Components Group comments: "We are very excited about this expanded range of miniature products from Thomson. Our market research has shown designers are looking for miniature sizes that don't require compromises in machine performance. Thomson's broad offering and quality standards provide OEM engineers peace of mind when designing more compact applications.

"Incorporating both linear and rotary parts, Thomson miniature products are precisely engineered to work together and ensure faster design times, easy installation, overall improved machine operation and greater reliability. Thomson has vast experience in motion engineering and its miniature range is the widest selection available from a single supplier."

If you would like to learn more about designing machines and equipment with miniature components, you can now sign up for a mini webinar series at For more information about the expanded range of miniature linear motion products from Thomson available, please visit

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