HOW TO CONTROL THE TIMING OF A LINEAR ACTUATORS MOTION

HOW TO CONTROL THE TIMING OF A LINEAR ACTUATORS MOTION

07/24/2015 1:21:38 PM - Posted by pa-admin

In our latest "How To" post we will be going over how to control the timing of a linear actuators motion using some of our microcontrollers. Microcontrollers give a lot of freedom in motion control and this is just one example of an almost endless amount of motion control options available. For this example we will be using:
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SPONSORSHIP: DR. DECKS PHANTOM BBQ PROGRESS REPORT

SPONSORSHIP: DR. DECKS PHANTOM BBQ PROGRESS REPORT

06/30/2015 10:57:46 AM - Posted by pa-admin

Dr. Decks has been one of our most valued customers for a long time and we have worked together on a number of exciting automation projects together in the past. We are partnering up again and working on an addition to his line of "Phantom" devices, this time the Phantom BBQ. Previous "Phantom" creations that we have worked on together include the Phantom Bench, Phantom Lounge Chair and Phantom Staircase. All of these creations involve having outdoor furniture and appliances that are able to appear and disappear at the press of a button, giving customers more space in their backyard and saving them the hassle of setting up and putting away all those appliances manually.
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THE 2015 VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE

THE 2015 VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE

06/24/2015 10:04:04 AM - Posted by pa-admin

Engineers, hobbyists and inventors of all ages were present at the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire earlier this month to show off and compare their various creations. We here at Progressive Automations thought it would be a great idea to head down and see what local builders, engineers and inventors were capable of and to let them know that we would be glad to help them in their future creative endeavors. There was a wide array of projects and demonstrations on display from "Makers" of all kinds including university/college students, local businesses and people just doing it for fun. Some of the more notable projects included a giant mechanical snake (that was unfortunately running into some technical difficulties) and a robotic prosthesis that looked like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.
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HOW TO COMBINE OUR ACTUATOR CONTROL SYSTEMS

HOW TO COMBINE OUR ACTUATOR CONTROL SYSTEMS

05/21/2015 12:52:00 PM - Posted by pa-admin

In today's how to post we will be going over the steps necessary to combine our linear actuator control systems together. Now in order to combine controls systems you must prevent short circuiting as this can damage your components. Since the control boxes connect actuators to ground when not activated we cannot use them for direct control in parallel.
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HOW TO USE AN ARDUINO WITH LINEAR ACTUATORS

HOW TO USE AN ARDUINO WITH LINEAR ACTUATORS

05/08/2015 11:20:23 AM - Posted by pa-admin

Just recently here at Progressive Automations we have unveiled a new section in our selection of control systems, PLC controls. We've partnered with Arduino in order to bring you the highest quality PLCs on the market and so you can have more control options than you ever thought possible with linear actuators. So what exactly is a PLC?
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