Posts Categorized: Industry News

Benefits of THK Ball Guide Technology

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There are two main types of a recirculating THK ball guide: one that rides on round shafts and one that rides on profiled rails. Because both types are based on recirculating balls, the terminology used to refer to them is very similar and often overlaps. Here’s a breakdown of the most common terms that are used… Read more »

The Difference Between Motion Control and Robot Systems

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A motion control programming system is a straightforward concept: Initiate and control the movement of a load to perform work. They are capable of precise speed, position, and torque control. An application requiring the positioning of a product, synchronization of separate elements, or the rapid start and stop of motion are case examples for the… Read more »

THK Linear Guide Installation: Don’t Ignore These 3 Things When Mounting Linear Guides

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Linear rail guides are designed for applications that call for precise motion with high load-bearing capability. But improper mounting can add unnecessary loads, reduce life, and undermine the inherent travel accuracy of the linear guide system. Understanding and following the three mounting specifications described below will help ensure your THK linear guide installation achieves the… Read more »

A Pocket Guide: What Makes Up a Motion Control Board?

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Motion controllers are the brains of any motion control system. In feedback-based systems, they take an input command from the user, compare it with a feedback signal from the motor, and take corrective action to bring the output (or actual position) and input (or desired position) in line with one another, ideally with little or… Read more »

A Pocket Guide: What’s a Motion Control Product?

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Motion control is a sub-field of automation, encompassing the systems or sub-systems involved in moving parts of machines in a controlled manner. The main components involved typically include a motion controller, an energy amplifier, and one or more prime movers or actuators.

What Makes LM Guides Highly Reliable?

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The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But if you are designing a linear motion system, you have to consider structural support, guides, drives, seals, lubrication, and accessories between points A and B. Whether you decide to design and build your LM guide system from scratch using standard parts or buy one… Read more »

A Brief History Lesson on the THK Linear Guide

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Linear guides have been utilized since the prehistoric age, with paintings of similar guides being used by workers in Egypt, although they did not come to common use as mechanical operatives until the early 20th century.

Ordering THK Products from Multiple Distributors? Read This First!

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Ordering THK products from multiple distributors can be confusing, costly and risky. Technico, Inc. is an established sales and distribution organization known throughout the Linear Motion industry as a leading THK distributor. Technico, Inc. offers a full range of automation technologies to OEMs in a variety of industries. As an established, high-tech THK  distribution organization,… Read more »