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1/4"-100 Matched Adjuster/Bushing Pairs and Accessories
Actuator/Bushing Pair with Loose Ball
High-Temperature Actuator/Bushing Pair
Vacuum-Compatible Actuator/Bushing Pair
Large Removable Adjuster Knob
Small Removable Adjuster Knob
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Back View of P25SB075V Actuator/Bushing Pair
The P25SB Series of Matched Adjuster/Bushing Pairs are those used in several of our Polaris® Mirror Mounts. The minimal lubrication and tight tolerances result in alignments that can be extremely stable, even after being adjusted. In addition, these adjusters have an extremely smooth feel that allows the user to make small repeatable adjustments. Test data of our Ø1" Polaris Mirror Mount shows how the P25SB100L results in accurate movements that do not change over time.
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Mechanical Drawing of Matched Actuator/Bushing Pairs
These matched 100 TPI adjusters and bushings are manufactured to tighter tolerances than the ASME/ANSI Class 3 UTS standard so that very little adjuster lubricant is needed. In typical adjusters, actuator adjustments cause the lubricant to be squeezed out of some spaces and built up in others. Over time this uneven lubricant distribution will relax slowly back into an equilibrium state, which may cause the adjuster screw to move. Thorlabs' matched adjusters do not suffer from these problems due to their tighter tolerances.
These adjusters may be actuated using a 5/64" hex key, screw-on knobs (sold below), or the HKTS-5/64 hex key knob (sold below). A lock nut and locking collar are available below for long-term stability.
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The assembly process begins by producing a Ø0.350" +0.002"/-0.000" mating hole with Ø0.405 counterbore for the threaded bushing. Given the close fit between the threaded bushing and the mating adjuster screw, we caution against using a press fit to assemble these products. For our own production needs, we use a permanent anaerobic adhesive that provides excellent long-term performance.
We recommend using Loctite Anaerobic Adhesive product number 680 or equivalent. In order to ensure maximum strength between the bonded parts, we strongly urge the user to follow carefully the instructions provided by Loctite, which specify the amount of clearance between the threaded bushing and the mounting plate. The most common source of failure is not allowing for the proper clearance between the parts being bonded since this clearance provides for the proper volume of adhesive.
As shown in the diagram to the right, the flange on the mating bushing is designed to support the axial load of the screw and bushing assembly.
When assembling, apply a small amount of the Loctite adhesive to both threaded bushings and the mounting plate and ensure a uniform distribution of the adhesive around the perimeter of the parts before assembly. After insertion, remove any excess adhesive from around the part.
We strongly recommend against disassembling Polaris matched pair adjusters/bushings. If taken apart, contaminants can adhere to the threads, which will affect the performance of the adjuster. Additionally, the adjusters and bushings are matched, and machined to extremely tight tolerances. If adjusters and bushings that do not match are threaded together, they will not perform correctly.
OEM & Custom Precision Screws
Thorlabs manufactures custom and high volume OEM precision screws and bushings with various diameters, lengths, and threads. To inquire about custom or OEM precision screws, please contact Technical Support or use the "Contact Us" form to the right. A specialist will contact you within 24 hours or the next business day.
Precision Screw Capabilities
Thorlabs' in-house machine shop, located in Newton, NJ, gives us the ability to quickly produce large quantities of precision screws and bushings. We are equipped to manufacture screw diameters ranging from 2 mm to 20 mm with lengths up to 165 mm and a maximum thread pitch of 200 TPI. Our standard adjuster screw design has a hardened steel ball tip to provide a single point of contact; for other applications we are able to provide adjusters without the steel ball. Custom orders can be achieved on a case-by-case basis. For large orders of an item, Thorlabs passes on to the customer the cost savings associated with planned production of high volumes of that item. For more information on Thorlabs' discount pricing policy, click the "V" link to the right. We also offer a large variety of stock precision screws, which are available here.
Fast Turn-Around Times
Precision Screw Production
These matched actuator/bushing pairs are tightly toleranced for smooth adjustment and long-term stability. The bushing should be mounted in a bore with a diameter of 0.350" +0.002"/-0.000".
The P25SB100L includes an unmounted ball bearing, providing the option to freely mount the ball or to secure it with epoxy to the tip of the screw. All other matched adjuster/bushing pairs are sold with the ball mounted using our 353NDPK High-Temperature Epoxy, which enables constant performance up to 200 °C and can be used in a vacuum environment down to 10-9 Torr. The P25SB075V and P25SB100V are also assembled in a clean environment and double vacuum bagged to eliminate contamination when transported into a cleanroom, making them the ideal choice for vacuum applications.
The POLARIS-LN1 stainless steel lock nut can be used with any 1/4"-100 adjuster for long-term stability and features a 13 mm hex. This lock nut is compatible with Polaris mounts that have 1/4"-100 adjusters, excluding the piezo-driven mounts, mounts with low-profile adjusters (Item #s POLARIS-K1-H and POLARIS-K1-2AH), and vertically driven mounts (Item #s POLARIS-K1VS2 and POLARIS-K1VS2L). The adjuster can be held in place with an adjuster thumbscrew or hex key while lightly tightening the lock nut by hand or with a 13 mm thin-head wrench or cone wrench.
For applications that require frequent tuning of the adjusters, the lock nuts only need to be lightly tightened by hand to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). For long term stability, we recommend tightening to a torque of 32 oz-in, which can be achieved by using our TW13 preset torque wrench. To avoid cross threading the lock nut, place it against the adjuster and "unscrew" the lock nut until you feel a slight drop; then thread the lock nut onto the adjuster.
Cleanroom and Vacuum Compatibility
The POLARIS-LNS1 locking collar is a compact alternative to the lock nut sold above. This locking collar is compatible with all of the 1/4"-100 adjusters sold on this page, as well as those used in many of our mirror mounts and stages. This locking collar is compatible with Polaris mounts that have 1/4"-100 adjusters, excluding the piezo-driven mounts and mounts with low-profile adjusters (Item #s POLARIS-K1-H and POLARIS-K1-2AH). Each collar is only 0.08" (1.9 mm) thick and constructed of stainless steel. We recommend the POLARIS-T2 Spanner Wrench to install or remove these locking collars. A center through hole allows a 2 mm ball driver to pass through the spanner wrench, so that the adjuster can be held in position while the locking collar is engaged.
The locking collar can be used to lock an adjuster in a desired position or to create a hard stop at any position to prevent overdriving an adjuster. For applications that require frequent tuning of the adjusters, the locking collar only needs to be lightly tightened to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). For long term stability, we recommend tightening to a torque of 32 oz-in, which can be achieved by using our TW13 preset torque wrench in combination with the POLARIS-T2 wrench. To avoid cross threading the locking collar, place it against the adjuster and "unscrew" the collar until you feel a slight drop; then thread the collar onto the adjuster.
Cleanroom and Vacuum Compatibility
Sapphire Contact Pads
These 5/64" Hex Key Adjuster Thumbscrews allow for quick adjustment of many 5/64" and 2 mm hex-driven actuators (or standard actuators with the knobs removed). These temporary knobs can be left in the screw's hex socket between adjustments for convenience (see photo to the right). An 8-32 setscrew (5/64" hex) secures the replaceable hex bit, which can be reversed if the tip is stripped. Contact Tech Support to order replacement hex key bits.
We offer hex key thumbscrews in sizes from 0.050" to 3/16" and 2 mm to 5 mm.
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F25USK1 and F25USK2 Knobs Shown Attached to a POLARIS-K1 Mirror Mount
These removable adjustment knobs are compatible with our 1/4"-100 adjusters, including those used in the Ø1" Polaris Kinematic Mounts. These knobs enable quick and easy tweaking of an actuator without needing a hex key.
We offer two sizes of adjustment knobs. The Ø0.58" standard size (F25USK1) is similar in size to the stainless steel knobs included with our Polaris mount, while the larger Ø0.925" size (F25USK2) provides additional angular resolution.
Please note that these knobs are not compatible with Polaris mounts that use side-hole adjusters. The recessed bore of knob is not deep enough to allow the knob to engage the threads on the side-hole adjuster.