Thomson Launches Micron MOTIONEERING® Web-Based Gearhead Sizing and Selection Tool


Helps machine builders optimize design, save time and quickly compare multiple solutions to solve linear motion applications

WOOD DALE, IL – Thomson introduces Micron MOTIONEERING®, a new web-based sizing and selection tool for Micron TRUE Planetary™ Gearheads. Micron MOTIONEERING offers “Select by Model Number” or “Sizing and Selection” modes to deliver downloadable 2D and 3D models, expected life calculations, as well as pricing, ordering and delivery information to help machine builders quickly specify the right gearhead to satisfy specific application performance requirements. For users who need it fast, Micron MOTIONEERING also lists all of the size and ratio combinations that are available to ship within 24 hours via the Gearhead Express Program.

“Micron MOTIONEERING is an intuitive tool that greatly simplifies gearhead sizing and selection to help OEMs optimize their machine design in a fraction of the time it can otherwise take with tedious manual calculations and individual product comparisons. Users simply enter a few key application parameters and Micron MOTIONEERING instantly delivers all the information needed to specify and order the optimum gearhead for the application,” says Howard Horn, Micron Product Line Manager.

Using the “Sizing and Selection” option, users simply enter key technical requirements in a few simple steps, and Micron MOTIONEERING delivers the optimized gearhead solution. Alternately, machine builders who already know the gearhead they need can simply use the “Select by Model Number” option to enter a product line, frame size, ratio and RediMount Motor Mounting System. Micron MOTIONEERING then delivers a specific single part number, pricing and delivery information, as well as a downloadable 2D and 3D model.

The flexible Micron RediMount™ mounting system enables the specified gearhead to be mounted to any of hundreds of the most popular motors available in the industry today in three easy steps – simply align, mount and tighten.

Micron Planetary Gearheads are precision mechanical devices used for torque multiplication, speed reduction and inertial matching in servo systems. The gearing system consists of a sun (pinion) gear that is driven by a motor shaft, and in turn drives a planetary gear stage (typically three or more planet gears). Known for their very high toque density, planetary gearheads are a great way to make a higher performance, more compact and less expensive system.

About Micron

Founded in 1950, Micron Instruments Corp. became part of the Thomson Industries family of motion control products in 1995 and, together, joined Danaher Motion in 2002. Micron invented high precision True Planetary™ Gearheads and has led the industry since. Our engineers combined the positive attributes of gear crowning and helical gearing with a planetary construction to create the smoothest operating gearhead on the market. Regular product advances have followed over the years, and the now the best and broadest offering of precision gearheads in the world is available under the trusted Micron brand name.

About Thomson

With more than 60 years of motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings and Profile Rail Bearings, 60 Case™ Shafting, ground and rolled Ball Screws, Linear Actuators, Gearheads, Clutches, Brakes, Linear Systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945, and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of mechanical motion control solutions serving global commercial and aerospace & defense markets. Thomson Industries, Inc. has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with over 2000 distributor locations around the world.

Thomson, 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073; 1-540-633-3549; 1-540-633-0294 (fax); Thomson@thomsonlinear.com; www.thomsonlinear.com.

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