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Thomson collaborates with Geek Group Science Institute to develop Tesla Coil designs

Thomson collaborates with Geek Group Science Institute to develop Tesla Coil designs

June 15, 2017 – Thomson Industries, a manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has donated a ball screw assembly to The Geek Group National Science Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help develop designs of Tesla Coils (TC). An R&D program has been initiated there to discover new uses for the TC with help from a new automated process for winding coils. 

Thomson was selected because of their application engineering support and product offerings, which enabled delivery of a complete ball screw assembly. That Thomson ball screw assembly will help The Geek Group’s engineering team convert from typical manual winding to a faster automated process for winding thousands of coils required to conduct their experiments.

A Thomson customer support engineer guided The Geek Group engineering team in selecting the exact configuration to best match their needs. The product selected was a ball screw assembly that avoids any precision problems that may result from assembling components on site. The final configuration consisted of a Thomson FSI Style ball nut along with an eight-foot-long ball screw just under an inch in diameter. 

The TC production program has already begun, and The Geek Group has plans for experimenting with larger coils in the future.

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