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Thomson Enhances Online Shaft Selector Tool With Real-Time Configuration of Special Machining

Update saves time and money

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:00

(Thomson Industries: Wood Dale, IL) -- Thomson Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of linear motion control solutions, has added a real-time special machining configuration capability to its online shaft selector tool. The new functionality enables customers to reduce the time spent in customizing round rail shafting for their application needs to mere minutes instead of hours or even days.

Typically, a customer uses the Thomson shaft selector to specify materials, size, or other standard characteristics for their round rails, but if they needed any special machining such as threads, reductions, ring grooves, or radial holes, they would have to submit a drawing or configure the shaft in a one-on-one session with a sales engineer.

With the online tool’s new add-on feature, customers can configure their shaft’s special machining themselves, interacting with a 2D drawing that updates in real time to reflect how configuration changes impact the design, pricing, and lead time. It also avoids compatibility errors, such as spacing conflicts or a radial hole that is too large for the specified diameter, displaying only those options that fit your specified configurations.

Thomson shaft selector
Thomson shaft selector update allows users to quickly create and procure a special-machined shafting solution that meets their exact application needs.

“This tool is especially useful to the job shop or machine builders often looking for smaller quantities quickly,” says Charles Isaac, product line manager, linear bearings and guides at Thomson. “They might be redesigning a piece of equipment or entering an early prototype phase. They save time by eliminating the back-and-forth questions that are typically necessary for custom work and could save money by seeing in real time the pricing impact of over-specifying.”

Users access the special machining add-on through the Thomson online shaft selector tool. Once they select the shaft type and material, the special machining link appears alongside the list of recommended part numbers. The configuration tool focuses on the most common customization options available from Thomson, which can be selected for both ends as well as the middle of the shaft.

Thomson real-time shaft customization
As users add special machining options to the left, center, and right sections of the shaft, a 2D dimensional drawing of the customized shaft is presented in real time.

“With the tool add-on, customers produce a 2D drawing that features all of the pertinent dimensions and tolerances, which they can print out, share, or download,” Charles adds “They also have the option to purchase the configured shaft right from the tool interface.”

The Thomson round rail shaft selector tool for ball screws can be found at  https://www.thomsonlinear.com/en/products/shafting#products. For any special machining options not shown in the shaft selector tool, customers can work directly with a Thomson application engineer via phone, email, or online chat to quickly configure an ideal solution.

About Thomson Industries Inc.

With 75 years of achievement in motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of linear actuators, Linear Ball Bushing bearings and Profile Rail bearings, 60 Case shafting, ground and rolled ball screws, linear systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing bearing in 1945, and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of linear motion control solutions serving global aerospace and defense, medical and health, factory automation, food processing, and mobile off-highway markets. Thomson, a brand of U.S.-based Altra Industrial Motion, has facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia with more than 2,000 distributor locations around the world.

For more information Thomson Industries Inc., 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073
(540) 633-3549 phone, (540) 633-0294 fax, Thomson@thomsonlinear.comwww.thomsonlinear.com.


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