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Thomson Introduces Low-Load, Polymer Bushing-to-Ball Bushing Series

Budget-friendly, stocked in the U.S.

Published: Monday, February 21, 2022 - 12:59

(Thomson: Wood Dale, IL) -- Thomson Industries, a leading manufacturer of linear motion-control solutions, has added a polymer bushing to its line of ball bushing bearings. It expands the company’s extensive bearing portfolio, providing design engineers with a new option that helps them avoid overdesigning for low-load applications.

Thomson polymer bushing bearings provide a reliable solution for machines where moment load is noncritical (30–40% of linear applications), or contamination and temperature are concerns. These bearing are also useful for applications that require shafting that isn’t compatible with traditional ball bushings, such as 316 stainless steel. Polymer bushing bearings can handle loads of up to 2,023 lbf (9 kN) and provide a corrosion-resistant alternative for low-load, low-speed applications in markets such as factory automation, robotics, health and fitness, medical automation, woodworking, packaging, food and beverage, and vending.

Thomson Polymer Ball-Bushing
When paired with round rail shafting, pillow blocks, or other assembly components, Thomson polymer bushing bearings deliver a budget-friendly, linear motion solution for a number of applications.

“This new polymer bushing bearing expands the range of linear motion solutions that we offer to help our customers optimize their designs for performance and cost,” says Charles Isaac, product line manager  for linear bearings and guides at Thomson. “This product adds to our portfolio by incorporating a metric plain bushing that also provides application flexibility for our customers.”

Available in sizes of 6 mm to 50 mm (closed) and 10 mm to 50 mm (open), Thomson polymer bushing bearings resist dust and dirt, and operate maintenance-free with reduced noise in temperatures from -58˚F to 194˚F (–50˚C to 90˚C). They feature an anodized aluminum adapter and are available with aluminum pillow blocks.

For more information on Thomson polymer bushing bearings, click here. The polymer bushing bearing is currently stocked in Marengo, Illinois, for fast delivery throughout North America.

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 2000 distributor locations around the world.

For more information Thomson Industries, Inc., 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073; 1-540-633-3549; 1- 540-633-0294 (fax); Thomson@thomsonlinear.com;www.thomsonlinear.com.

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