For applications in which heavy loads require linear motion with speed, precision and no friction, Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings provide an optimal solution.
Available in metric or inch sizes, state-of-the-art Thomson universally self-aligning linear slide bearings have been manufactured to the highest quality standards for smooth, accurate motion for the past 75 years. And when used with Thomson 60 Case® LinearRace® shafting, travel life and load capacity are significantly increased compared to conventional models.
When your design requirements call for something outside of the standard Thomson offering, it’s no problem. Our experienced support team can work with you to create the optimal solution for your application. Our custom bearing options include factory installed pillow block configurations, precision balls (corrosion-resistant, stainless steel, nylon and many more), factory lubrication and special finishes.
Thomson provides extensive online resources to help you no matter where you may be in the Ball Bushing Bearing purchase decision process:
After selecting shafting for your linear motion design, linear ball bushing bearings are next. An open or closed bearing will depend on the type of shafting you chose.
The efficiency of your linear ball bushing bearings depends largely on how well it is mounted into your machine or device. Watch this video for tips and accessories to help you properly mount your linear bearings.
In your linear motion applications, adjustable diameter linear ball bushing bearings can help you achieve higher precision.
For maximum capacity, linear bearings are oriented so the load is distributed between load bearing tracks. Watch this video to learn why this is so important to linear bearing performance, and, in turn, your machine designs.
Advancements in load capacity, life and ease of manufacture allowed an ever-widening range of applications to benefit from nearly friction free linear guidance. Since the introduction of the square, or profile rail, linear guide in the 1970s, the design engineer has been faced with the pivotal question: round or square?
For most manufacturers, the financial cost of machine downtime can be significant, resulting in the loss of thousands or even millions of dollars. Small investments in routine and preventive maintenance, however, can pay off many times over.
How to choose between the main types of linear technologies, and how to design automation systems that deliver optimal performance using design requirements, rather than cost, as the primary consideration in selecting linear components.
How a $25 investment now can prevent tens of thousands of dollars in unplanned downtime.
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