Product Selection Guide


1. General Specifications

All references for lead screws in DINGS have following characteristics.

Lead Screw Material
303 Stainless precision cold rolled steel
Screw Coating
Teflon coating is optional
Standard Screw Accuracy
0.0071 inch/foot (0.18mm/300mm)
Screw Straightness
0.008 inch/foot (0.666mm/Meter), measured as Total Indicated Runout (TIR). All screws are carefully checked for straighness before shipment.
Screw Efficiency
From 35% to 85% dependent on lead. Also depends on the usage of an Anti-Backlash nut with screw. The larger lead, higher efficiency of screw.
Operating Temperature
-20℃ ~ 55℃
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +50°C, Keep in dry.
Screw Backlash
0.01mm~0.1mm, depends on different lead. Anti-Backlash nut should be considered for high bi-directional positioning repeatability.
System Backlash
Includes screw, motor and attached mechanics. This will be the sum of all backlash in customer's motion axes.
Nut Material
Polyacetal or Polybutylene with lubricating additive. Standard is a free-whelling nut (Anti-backlash nut is available)
Wear Life of Screw and Nut
Depends on load, speed, duty cycle and environmental factors but typically it is ≥ 5 Million cycles.

DINGS' Linear systems are manufactured from high quality materials. Because of variable effects of friction, lubrication and cleanliness, exact life cycle can not be predicted.


2. How to choose DINGS product?


Here is a general overview of the Output Thrust vs. Motor Size:

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Lead Screw Linear Actuators
Motor Size(mm) Max Thrust(N) Recommended Load Limit(N)
Lead Screw Linear Actuators 20 70 45
28 150 140
35 300 230
42 600 230
57 1300 910
86 2400 2270


After estimating the required thrust and choosing a motor size that may fit your application, the speed and acceleration of the load must be considered and evaluated to choose and appropriate screw lead.

Due to the nature of lead screws, the output speed and output thrust achievable by a motor/lead screw combination are two proportional. increasing the required thrust will lower the achievable speed for a motor/lead screw combination. Therefore, the maximum output force of a system is lowered for applications that requires higher speed.

For complete motor/lead screw selection data, please refer to the Speed vs. Thrust curves for each motor size.

Although these two steps provide a solid foundation in motor/lead screw selection, other variables must also be considered:

  • Duty Cycle
  • Desired Life of a System
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Positional Repeatability
  • Acceptable Backlash
  • Acceleration / Deceleration
  • Driver
  • Vertical or Horizontal

Because of the numerous variables involved in motor selection. We highly remommended for users to proceed with physical testing to accurately determine the motor/lead screw combination required for a given application.

One of the most common methods of moving a load from point A to point B is through linear translation of a motor by a mechanical lead screw and nut.

This section is here to assist and refresh your understanding of the basic principles of lead screw technology. Some basic design consideration are as follows:

  • 1. What is the load of your system?
  • 2. What is the required linear speed?
  • 3. What is the distance to be travelled?
  • 4. What accuracy does your application require?
  • 5. What is the required time to move from point A to point B?
  • 6. What repeatability does your application require?
  • 7. Orientation is Horizontal or Vertical?
Linear Actuator Types

Although this section aims to provide a rough guideline to select a motor/lead screw combination that best fits an application, we recommend to contact our application engineering staff or sales representatives for further assistance with the motor selection process.