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Motion Control – Steinmeyer Miniature Ball Screws: Widest Size Selection in the Industry!

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Woburn, MA –Motion Control – We are very proud of our miniature screw product line. It features shaft diameters down to 3 mm, and pitch down to 0.5 mm. All of our screws are available with either cylindrical, threaded or flanged nuts, or a custom nut of your own design.

Miniature ball screw drives are primarily used in the semiconductor industry, as well as in optical, medical and measurement engineering applications. Our portfolio of miniature ball screw drives offers a total of 5 different nut shapes for your mounting design. The nuts can be provided either with preloading (for zero backlash) or axial play. They can be combined with two standard types of shafts or a custom shaft. Ground recirculating ball screws are available in accuracy classes P1 to P5. Rolled versions with lower accuracy exist starting from a minimum nominal diameter of 8 mm. Special versions, for example for clean room applications or vacuum engineering, are available upon request. Our experience and proven quality is evident here too.

Steinmeyer makes some of the most precise mechanical devices in the world. For our smallest screws, the ball diameter is only 600 µm. Our mini screws are used globally by major manufacturers in medical device, lab instrument and other mechatronic systems.

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Motion Control – Case Study: Precision Ground Ball Screw Drives Universal Pipetting Module!

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Reaching New Levels of Speed, Lifetime, and Force Sensitivity

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Situation:

In the area of automated laboratory equipment, servo-controlled pipetting modules are a key component of high-throughput systems. A major, global OEM had been using an off-the-shelf linear actuator to drive the pipette. This actuator had a limited range of capability in terms of speed, positioning accuracy, and force sensitivity. Although it met the minimum technical requirements and was cost-effective, engineers soon were asked to push performance to the next level.

 

Challenge:

The company decided to develop a next-generation system. Throughput was essential, as it wanted to target the largest hospitals and laboratories handling tens of thousands of samples annually. The pipetting module also needed to have enhanced flexibility to support a greater variety of operations. It should allow for a wider range of speeds and be highly accurate in both positioning and bottom-finding. Engineers were also tasked with achieving a 10-year lifetime with little or no maintenance. This high lifetime was critical because their business model included free field service. To meet these new requirements, the actuator would have to be redesigned. In particular, the bearing configuration did not support the required accuracy and sensitivity. The supplier was unwilling to modify its design. Company engineers realized that they would have to design a custom actuator.

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Resolution:

They came to Steinmeyer for a precision ground ball screw. They knew that Steinmeyer had world-class quality and a very wide selection of miniature screw sizes. For this project, they were able to consider shaft diameters of 5mm or 6mm, with pitch down to 0.5mm! They selected a 6mm screw to meet the challenge. Company engineers conducted extensive performance testing on the first prototype quantities. They put the new module through an exhaustive regimen of motion, and measured positioning, force sensitivity, friction torque, motor current, and other parameters. They verified that their module design met all of the new performance requirements. The company has since achieved FDA approval for the new system and formally launched commercial sales.

Future Plans:

Noise minimization is important for laboratory equipment. The next generation pipetting module will look to ensure the quietest possible operation. The OEM will be evaluating our proprietary super-finishing process called optiSLITE. This technology removes the largest irregularities left over from thread grinding of the shaft. The resulting surface yields a noticeably smoother and quieter operation.

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To Download a PDF of this Case Study Go To – https://ballscrew-tech.com/2019/05/17/case-study-pipetting-module-driven-by-ground-ball-screw/

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About Steinmeyer

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications.

 

Contact Steinmeyer for further information on their extensive product portfolio:

781-273-6220

infoUSA@steinmeyer.com

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Other Interesting Case Studies from Steinmeyer:

For the Case Study “Custom Linear Modules for Lithography Masking” CLICK HERE

For the Case Study “Wearable Pumps” CLICK HERE


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Motion Control – Case Study – Ball Screws used in Wearable Pumps!

Motion Control – Case Study: Wearable Pumps!

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The Next Generation of Intelligent Balloon Catheters Depend on Novel Designs of Ball Screw Driven Pumps

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Situation:

In the realm of cardiovascular assist devices, recent developments have focused on fully implantable pumps. Among the first was HeartMate, quickly followed by Impella and HeartWare. Fully implantable devices are very expensive to develop and produce. Plus they are limited to patients who can tolerate the highly invasive procedure.

A key development in cardiovascular assist devices would be to combine the less-invasive approach of implantable balloons and external pumps with the high portability and reliability of fully implantable systems. This advance would allow the treatment of a much wider range of patients and conditions. A Steinmeyer customer set out to develop an innovative pump to achieve this advance in an intra-aortic system

 

Challenge:

One of the main technical challenges to this approach is designing a wearable pump that can carefully control the balloon’s pressurization. The pump must meet a demanding combination of performance requirements, including:

  • Precise control of pressure
  • Reversible pressurization
  • Light weight
  • Compact size
  • Quiet operation
  • Continuous performance for at least one year

Meeting these requirements was a significant challenge for their engineers. They built and tested early prototypes using traditional designs such as diaphragm pumps. But this approach required separate chambers for positive and negative pressure. The resulting systems were far too large and heavy. So they were forced to find a new approach.

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Results:

Their main innovation was selecting a precision ground ball screw as the drive mechanism and pairing it with a custom engineered metal bellows as the pressure chamber. Ball screws deliver exceptional thrust density while enabling high linear acceleration in both the forward and reverse directions. Surrounded by the bellows, this results in an extremely compact and quiet design. Ball screws are also known for their high efficiency (>90%), smooth operation, and long life. Their efficiency enables the use of small motors and low power consumption, which in turn reduce the size and weight of the entire system.

The engineers turned to Steinmeyer to ensure the smoothest running, highest quality ball screw. And they also knew that Steinmeyer was extremely well-qualified to provide technical support through all stages of development. Their system is meeting all of its design requirements and will soon enter late stage clinical trials.

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To Download a PDF of this Case Study Go To – https://ballscrew-tech.com/2017/05/26/wearable-pumps-for-medical-devices-count-on-ball-screws/

 

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Future:

There is an emerging trend in the development of balloon catheters to serve cardiovascular applications. Intelligent balloon catheters may one day be key to innovation. These devices will use flexible sensors and electronics along the catheter for data collection and therapeutics. They will also incorporate balloons to apply mechanical force in the heart and arteries. Ball screw driven pumps will support these future systems as well.

About Steinmeyer

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications.

Contact Steinmeyer for further information on their extensive product portfolio:

781-273-6220

infoUSA@steinmeyer.com

Visit Steinmeyer.com

Steinmeyer Ball Screw Resource Center

 

Other Interesting Case Studies from Steinmeyer:

For the Case Study “Custom Linear Modules for Lithography Masking” CLICK HERE

For the Case Study “Pipetting” CLICK HERE


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Motion Control – Now In Stock – Steinmeyer Miniature Ball Screws!

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Woburn, MA –Motion Control Components –– Steinmeyer announces the expansion of its program that stocks a selection of our German made, miniature ball screws in our US warehouse. Now there’s even more to choose from – and they’re available for immediate shipment!

Obtaining a Steinmeyer miniature ball screw is faster and easier than ever! This program is ideal for engineers needing miniature ball screws for early-stage development of precision machines, instruments and devices.

  • Stock consists of diameter selections of 3mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 12mm, with a variety of pitches and lengths.
  • Nut designs include threadedcylindrical, or Flange

We want to make it as easy as possible for engineers to get their hands on a Steinmeyer miniature ball screw. Once you feel the quality and workmanship, we are confident that you will be customers for a long time!

See our catalog for extensive information on the wide range of options available by special order: Miniature Ball Screw Catalog

About Steinmeyer

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications. www.steinmeyer.com

For further information on Steinmeyer’s extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or visit Steinmeyer at: www.steinmeyer.com


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Motion Control Components – Now In Stock – Steinmeyer Miniature Ball Screws!

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Steinmeyer Stocks a Selection of Miniature Ball Screws for OFF-THE-SHELF Delivery!

Woburn, MA –Motion Control Components – Steinmeyer, the German-based maker of precision ball screws, announces a new program to stock a selection of miniature ball screws. The samples are available now for immediate shipment. The program involves stocking a selection of catalog designs that are mainly intended for use as prototypes for new customers. It is ideal for engineers needing miniature ball screws for early-stage development of precision machines, instruments and devices. Stock consists of diameter selections of 3mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 12mm, with a variety of pitches and lengths. Nut designs include threaded or cylindrical.

The miniature ball screw program includes the option to pay by credit card to enable engineers to purchase the samples with minimal effort. Said Bruce Gretz, Executive Vice President of Steinmeyer, Inc., “We want to make it as easy as possible for engineers to get their hands on a Steinmeyer miniature ball screw. Once they feel the quality and workmanship, we are confident that they will be customers for a long time.”

Please contact Steinmeyer for a complete inventory list by calling 781-273-6220, or email your request to bruce.gretz@steinmeyer.com. View Steinmeyer’s Miniature Ball Screw Catalog for extensive information on the wide range of options available by special order.

About Steinmeyer

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications. www.steinmeyer.com

For further information on Steinmeyer our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or visit the Steinmeyer at: www.steinmeyer.com

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Steinmeyer Announces the optiSLITE Line of Miniature Ball Screws: Our Smoothest Raceways Ever Deliver Optimum Accuracy!

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BURLINGTON, MA –Motion Control Components – Steinmeyer, a global manufacturer of precision ground ball screws, introduces a new miniature ball screw line called optiSLITE. These screws feature low friction torque that delivers smoother running and enables greater accuracy. The result is superior positioning performance in semiconductor, optics, medical instrument, and metrology applications

optiSLITE miniature ball screws are expertly manufactured in Germany like all Steinmeyer products. The ball screws undergo a proprietary finishing process that removes micron-sized defects on the shaft raceway. The elimination of these irregularities enables optiSLITE miniature ball screws to provide the highly-accurate positioning required in precision applications.

All of our miniature ball screws are meticulously engineered and manufactured to provide highly-accurate positioning,” stated Bruce Gretz, Executive Vice President of Steinmeyer, Inc. “with our smoothest raceways yet, optiSLITE miniature ball screws deliver lower friction torque and smoother operation than ever before.

Like all Steinmeyer products, optiSLITE miniature ball screws offer dynamic delivery of linear motion at high standards of precision and longevity. The screws feature shaft diameters down to 5 mm and pitch down to 1 mm. Available in standard lengths and nut designs.

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For more information on Steinmeyer premium ball screws please contact our engineers at infoUSA@steinmeyer.com

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality. Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications. http://www.steinmeyer.com

The Steinmeyer group is comprised of two manufacturing divisions located in Germany. August Steinmeyer GmbH & Co. KG (located in Albstadt) has been setting standards for high precision ball screws for over 40 years and prides itself on high quality, innovative designs to meet demanding customer requirements. Our Feinmess Dresden (FMD) division has been producing an extensive line of high precision positioning systems for well over 130 years.

For further information on Steinmeyer our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or e-mail John Skaltsas at jskaltsas@steinmeyer.com or visit the Steinmeyer FMD group at: www.steinmeyer.com

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Motion Control Application – Wearable Pumps for Medical Devices Count on Ball Screws from Steinmeyer!

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BURLINGTON, MA –Motion Control Applications – Motion Control Components – There has been a tremendous amount of innovation lately in the design of medical devices and lab instruments. One of the critical aspects of the new products being developed is linear motion. And Steinmeyer is proud to be directly involved in providing drive solutions to our cutting-edge customers. We currently have several on-going applications involving wearable pumps driven by ball screws, and I wanted to share some of the specifics.

Implantable medical devices naturally place extreme requirements on size, materials, lifetime, and reliability. These constraints drive up cost and complexity. Incorporating all of this function into a single implantable is extremely challenging. Not only that, but servicing the pump requires major surgery!

One solution is to break down the system into two components—one implantable and one wearable. The implantable component handles minimal functionality and consists simply of a balloon. The wearable component enjoys much looser design requirements. In the projects we are working with, a wearable pump is used to drive compressed air through a catheter that passes into the body.

A wearable pump offers the advantages of being small, quiet, and very reliable. That is where precision ball screws come into play. Steinmeyer offers standard miniature screws in diameters 3 to 16 mm. The diameter typically required for this application ranges from 8 to 12 mm. Custom products can be developed as well for applications that need it. Steinmeyer ball screws also feature our proprietary super finishing process, called optiSLITE. This improves the surface quality of the shaft threads for reduced friction torque, quieter operation, and longer life.

About Steinmeyer

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications. www.steinmeyer.com

For further information on Steinmeyer our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or e-mail Rosmary Belt at rosmary.belt@steinmeyer.com or visit the Steinmeyer FMD group at: www.steinmeyer.com

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Motion Control – Steinmeyer Introduces Precision Ball Screws Featuring Xi-Plus Technology!

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BURLINGTON, MA –Motion Control Components – Ball Screw Technology – Steinmeyer now offers 16mm to 80 mm Ballscrews that feature Xi-Plus Technology Optimized spindle surfaces.

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At Steinmeyer you obtain ball screws with connecting dimensions according to DIN 690651 or ISO 3408.

Any size can be selected among available nut flange shapes (round, single, flattened, flattened on both sides) and different load capacities.

And now you have the option to receive Steinmeyer ball screws in Xi-Plus technology with optimized spindle surfaces for better running features.

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Standard Ball Screws:

Microscopic irregularities on the raceway surface of the spindle can cause vibrations, irregular running characteristics, and noise in machines.

Xi-Plus technology Ball Screws:

Through the use of innovative production technologies, the roughness of the spindle surface can be reduced and therefore performance is optimized. Irregular running characteristics are virtually eliminated.

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Xi-Plus ball screws deliver excellent qualities.

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About Steinmeyer

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications. www.steinmeyer.com

For further information on Steinmeyer our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or e-mail Rosmary Belt at rosmary.belt@steinmeyer.com or visit the Steinmeyer FMD group at: www.steinmeyer.com

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Steinmeyer optiSLITE Miniature Ball Screws Deliver Smoother, Quieter, and Longer Life Performance in Linear Axis Stages!

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BURLINGTON, MA –Motion Control Components – Steinmeyer, a global manufacturer of precision ground ball screws, recently introduced an enhancement to its miniature ball screw line called optiSLITE. This feature delivers lower friction torque for longer life, smoother running, and better servo response. The result is superior performance in linear axis stage applications such as atomic force microscopes, nanoscale machining, and wafer dicing.

ptiSLITE screws undergo a proprietary finishing process that removes micron-sized peaks on the shaft raceway. The result is smoother running screws which are essential in applications involving precision positioning. The high quality ball screws used are imperative to ensuring that linear stages are able to meet demanding nanopostioning requirements – extreme reliability and repeatability of 1nm.

“Many of our customers utilize Steinmeyer ball screws exclusively because they perform at world-class levels year after year” stated Bruce Gretz, Executive Vice President of Steinmeyer, Inc. “now with optiSLITE miniature ball screws, the quality and precision that our customers have come to expect will only improve.”

Like all Steinmeyer products, optiSLITE miniature ball screws offer dynamic delivery of linear motion at high standards of precision and longevity. The screws feature shaft diameters down to 5 mm and pitch down to 1 mm. Available in standard lengths and nut designs.

For more information on Steinmeyer premium ball screws please contact our engineers at infoUSA@steinmeyer.com

The Steinmeyer group is comprised of two manufacturing divisions located in Germany. August Steinmeyer GmbH & Co. KG (located in Albstadt) has been setting standards for high precision ball screws for over 40 years and prides itself on high quality, innovative designs to meet demanding customer requirements. Our Feinmess Dresden (FMD) division has been producing an extensive line of high precision positioning systems for well over 130 years.

For further information on Steinmeyer our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or e-mail Rosmary Belt at rosmary.belt@steinmeyer.com or visit the Steinmeyer FMD group at: www.steinmeyer.com

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NEW! 3mm Miniature Motion Control Ball Screws for Life Sciences Applications!

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BURLINGTON, MA, July 12, 2012 Steinmeyer, Inc. announced an important addition to its standard line of motion control miniature precision screws – the “world’s smallest commercially available ball screw.” New ULTRAMINIATURE ball screws are available in diameters as small as 3 millimeter with choice of two pitches – 1 millimeter or 0,5 millimeter, making this product ideal for medical applications, such as precise liquid dispensing, among others. Steinmeyer now offers an extensive range of miniature screws from 16 mm diameter (with up to 30 mm pitch), down to this incredibly tiny 3 mm diameter. The screws are equipped with one of four types of ball nuts, with or without preload. And, as with all other Steinmeyer ball screws, custom lengths are available with journals machined to a control drawing.

These Ultra miniature ball screws are manufactured from standard tool steel, hardened and then precision ground to meet ISO tolerances from P0 to P5. Stainless steel material is available as an option.

Steinmeyer’s miniature ball screws are ideal for applications in:

  • Life Sciences
  • Miniature robotics
  • Semiconductor processing/inspection

The Steinmeyer group is comprised of two manufacturing divisions located in Germany. August Steinmeyer GmbH & Co. KG (located in Albstadt) has been setting standards for high precision ball screws for over 40 years and prides itself on high quality, innovative designs to meet demanding customer requirements. Our Feinmess Dresden (FMD) division has been producing an extensive line of high precision positioning systems for well over 130 years.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or e-mail John Skaltsas at jskaltsas@steinmeyer.com or visit the Steinmeyer FMD group at: www.steinmeyer.com