Linear Motor vs. Ball Screw

Reprint of a December 2, 2014 Design World White Paper by Danielle Collins

While ironless linear motors have been used in semiconductor and electronic applications for more than a decade, they are still viewed by many designers and OEMs as “niche” products.  But the perception of linear motors as a costly solution for unique applications is slowly changing, as more industries are adopting them as replacements for ball screws in packaging, assembly, and part loading applications.  And while the cost of linear motor technology has dropped over the past decade, the choice between a linear motor and a ball screw must take into account both the application’s performance requirements and the total cost of ownership over the life of the machine or system.  Below are some of the key parameters to consider when comparing and choosing between ball screws and linear motors…

Click on the link below to view this entire White Paper.

http://www.designworldonline.com/linear-motor-vs-ball-screw/#_

 

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