Cost and space saver Glide Screw

What is a Glide Screw? It is a breakthrough innovation from Thomson. They have combined the features of a linear bearing and a lead screw into one compact package. The patent-pending Glide Screw from Thomson presents three tangible benefits: reduced footprint, extended equipment uptime and lower machine cost.

The reduced footprint means fewer components as the integrated lead screw and linear bearing means no additional guidance is needed.

Improved equipment uptime is achieved because the screw and linear bearing are already aligned.

Thomson Glide Screw

Overall this is a low cost solution through the Glide Screw being easy to install in minimal prep time, thus enabling a simpler, faster install process. It also requires minimal maintenance, as there is the integrated ‘Lube-for-Life’ lubrication block.

There are even custom configurations available featuring special nuts, screw diameters and thread leads available to accommodate specific applications.

The Glide Screw was designed to solve the challenge where smaller, cleaner, smoother, and quieter mechanical motion products are required. Numerous applications are an ideal fit for the Glide Screw including: 3D printing and engraving, fluid pipetting for 3-axis lab automation, test tube handling, CD duplication, pick and place, syringe pumps, in vitro diagnostics, medical imaging and many others!

See the Glide Screw in action on Youtube:

The Thomson Glide Screw now available from Micromech, is a genuine innovative, unique component for motion control. Micromech is the UK distributor and systems integrator for Thomson motion products, for more information call Stirling on 01376 333333 or mail to

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