Many of our customers, especially those with high speed applications, have been asking: can you make the screws any quieter? Recently, Steinmeyer delivered an answer: the Quiet Series, featuring an innovative end cap that reduces noise by 50%.
Like all motion control devices based on contact friction, ball screws require lubrication for proper functionality. The reason is that lubrication is required for smooth recirculation of the rolling elements.
Or to put it another way – the old adage was “if you want a really smooth ball screw with zero backlash you have to specify and pay for a ball screw with higher accuracy”. But is this true today?
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
OK – we know – ball screw lead times have been pretty long for some time, and with good reason (see previous blog). But have faith – Steinmeyer has been working on it and our efforts are starting to bear fruit.
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
Routinely we get a phone call at least once a week – “hello – help – I have a Steinmeyer ball screw and I just spun the nut a bit too far at the shaft end by mistake and now I have some loose balls – what do I need to do?” Continue reading