Carlicia is a Marketing Product Engineer at MISUMI USA and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Certified SolidWorks Associate and is passionate about education and training.

Sliding Guides Pt 2: Friction & Wear

Linear motion components, linear shafts and linear bushings have different features available to avoid friction.  Friction forces are generated when solid objects in contact make relative motion. It is one force linear motion must overcome for smooth movement in accurate ...

Sliding Guides Pt. 1: Introduction to Various Sliding Guides

Linear motion components can be combined to create complex or simple mechanisms for your application or machine.  Combining linear motion components linear shafts and bearings/bushings create basic sliding guides.  Sliding guides constrict the motion trajectories and moving members. Each guide ...

Working With Linear Bushings Pt 5: More Application Examples

The applications using linear bushings are infinite.  Where there is any linear movement a bushing can be used.  Diving into more applications using linear bushings we will examine ball screw drives, air cylinder drives, and even a vertical guide.  Looking ...

Working with Linear Bushings Pt 3: Length, Load, and Surface Treatment

Simple linear movement could be achieved using simple parts but as designs evolved and demand increased so did mechanical parts.  Diving into linear bushings specifically, there are a variety of types to accommodate for different loads.  Bushing length and load ...

Working with Linear Bushings Pt. 2: Bushing Comparisons

Linear guiding devices are the most frequently used motion elements on automation equipment for palletizing, transferring, positioning and assembling. Here, linear bushing application tips will be explained along with comparisons of [1] Linear Bushings, [2] Linear Guides, and [3] Plain Bushings. Comparison ...

Working with Linear Bushings Pt 1: Linear Guide Mechanisms

Engineers have many options when it comes to designing for linear motion.  The need for compact and efficient designs evolved the variety of linear guide mechanisms.  Rails and sliders are the simplest form of linear guide mechanisms, which are a ...

Introduction to Working with Linear Bushings: Bushings vs. Bearings

Continuing with the Linear Motion theme, up next, bushings, bearings and other linear mechanisms are examined.  Beginning with an explanation of bushings versus bearings. Dynamic bearing systems are, at their most basic level simply an engineered hole/shaft interface that is ...

Mastering Ball Screws Pt. 4: Increase in Ball Screw Speeds

The need for speed! Increasing speed will increase accuracy and there are a variety of challenges to overcome to get that optimization.  To review, a ball screw is a mechanical element that converts motor’s rotary motion into linear motion.  Therefore, ...

Mastering Ball Screws Pt 3: Ball Screw Operating Performances

Friction is one factor in ball screw performance.  There are 2 different friction torques affecting screw operation performance.  Each friction torque is dependent on the type of feed screw. Feed screw is a mechanical element used to convert rotational motion ...