Thinking About Customizing? Read This First!

by Ajay Arora

Progressive Automations offers customized electric actuators. We can customize one for you according to many different aspects, but we'll need to know what those specifications are.

What kind of product you will need depends on what your application is, but it can be a bit overwhelming when looking at all the different stroke size, force, voltage, dimension and control options available to you. This short article will help you figure out exactly what kind you need.

Your Basic Specifications

Start off with the basics. Think about how you want it perform. Ask yourself these basic questions before moving on:

·         How will I drive it?

How are you going to power your actuator? What kind of voltage will your application require? Not only will you need to know which voltage, but think about whether you will require AC or DC power.

What kind of force do you need?

How much weight are you trying to push? Remember that any additional weight that may be temporarily added should be included in this number.

How fast do you need it to move?

There are a number of speed options available to you, and speed may be an important component of your actuator application.

What kind of duty cycle is needed?

A  duty cycle refers to the amount of time it moves and returns to its starting position, including the time it is motionless.

·         Where will you be using your product?

Are you planning on using it in an extreme environment? Anywhere that you'll encounter high and low temperatures or high-pressure situations, you are likely working in an extreme environment.

Evaluation Questions

Secondly, you'll need to know how your motion device will operate with your project. Ask yourself these questions before moving on:


·         Do you need manual control? Or can it be completely automated?

·         Where will you be mounting? What kind of space will you require for mounting?

·         Do you need feedback?

Power Needs

Lastly, you'll need to think about what kind of control system you want to attach your actuators to. Ask yourself these questions before selecting a control system:

·         How many do I need to attach to a single control system?

·         Are they going to move together, or separately?

Can I control the actuators with my hand, or do I need a foot pedal to keep my hands free?

If you are unsure about the answers to these questions, you can contact one of our expert engineers to discuss your project. We are available between the hours of 9am - 5pm, Pacific Standard

Time at 1.800.676.6123. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you have.