As the robotics industry continues to expand, many companies need automated solutions to meet the ever-growing demand. The PST Group can help. Our engineers and manufacturing experts have experience with robotics and automation, developing custom and standard components for projects within the space. If you need assistance, our team will help you find a solution.
What You Need
As you get started with your robotics project, determine the screw thread for your requirements. Consider some specifics, including:
- Screw Load: What type of load will you put on the screw thread? For heavier loads, you’ll need a ball screw or acme screw. If load requirements aren’t important, though, a v-thread might be a better choice.
- Motor Speed: Motor speed is key in robotics. If you don’t need to go very far, and have a fast motor, use a screw thread with a finer pitch. To move things faster, use a multiple start screw, like a ball screw or an acme screw. Remember, your motor torque requirements may also impact your speed and component considerations, so factor that into your decision as well.
- Efficiency: How efficient is your robotic or automated machine? Is efficiency important? Ball screws provide more efficiency than an acme screw thread, because they cause less friction.
- Materials: What type of material is best suited for your project? If you are looking for corrosion resistance, choose a stainless steel. Light loads you can use a mild steel. If it is a large load, you might want to choose an alloy steel or a material that can be heat treated.
- Custom vs. Standard Solutions: Sometimes, off-the-shelf components work well. Other times, only a custom solution will work. At the PST Group, we offer both, including many threads ideal for the robotics and automated industries.
Previously, our team has worked on numerous robotics and automated projects, including:
- Designing components for robots to lift containers, focusing on leverage points to determine which type of screw thread would work with counter weights.
- Working with NASA to develop components for a robot that replaces satellite parts while the satellites remain in space. (Click here to learn more about the solutions the PST Group has developed for the aerospace industry.)
- Teaching students at Mukwonago High School, a local school, how to develop robotics and automated tools for a student competition.
Watch our video below to learn how we test our ball screws.
Get Started with PST
If you’re ready to get a project started, contact our experts and we’ll be in touch soon.