Tagged: ball screws

Why Can’t I Just Buy a Shaft and nut from you Guys and Machine the Ends Myself?

At least once a week we get such an inquiry – someone looking for a ball nut and separate shaft long enough so they can cut it and machine the journals themselves, usually thinking this will significantly reduce lead time.  And of course, compared to buying a completely custom ball screw, it may just do that.  There are several reasons why we do not offer separate shafts and ball nuts, or complete ball screw assemblies with unfinished ends.  Continue reading

Steinmeyer Ball Screws and End Users

Every week we get one or more calls from companies seeking support for their Steinmeyer ball screws.  If the call is from an OEM, we bend over backwards in our attempt to support them technically as well as commercially.  However if it is from an end user it’s a bit more complicated.  Why? Continue reading

“Zero” Maintenance Ball Screws

Hah – got your interest with that title, right?  But is there really such as component as a ball screw that requires zero maintenance?  First we should establish exactly what we mean by “zero” maintenance.  This can be one of two scenarios: either the ball screw has absolutely no lubrication, that is it runs dry; or the ball nut includes enough lubricant and is sufficiently protected such that no further maintenance is required for its lifetime.  BTW for either scenario the answer is pretty much “NO, it’s not possible!”  Continue reading

Lubricating Miniature Ball Screws

A question that often comes up for miniature ball screws – how do I lubricate it if there is no port on the ball nut?  Good question!  If you check our web site there is quite a lot of detailed information on lubricant types and wiper types, including precise amounts to use when re-lubricating:

http://www.steinmeyer.com/content/cnt_cnt/docid_1266/iso_en Continue reading

Ball Screw Threads – Rolled vs. Ground

There are three common methods to create a ball screw thread profile – rolling, whirling and precision grinding.  But what’s the best one and what are some key differences between them?  To answer that question one first has to understand the nature of the application. Continue reading

What is Steinmeyer Doing to Increase Capacity?

Most ball screws are used in machine tools and related products. Virtually each year that we have been producing ball screws (45+ years!) demand has increased.  And the last 2 to 3 years it was worse than ever. Why?  Several reasons:
1. generally robust business conditions for machine builders since the 2009 recession – the rebound exceeded everyone’s predictions Continue reading