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HOW TO BUILD A PORTABLE SOLAR TRACKER

HOW TO BUILD A PORTABLE SOLAR TRACKER

Solar power is one of the most accessible types of renewable energy and is rapidly increasing in efficiency and affordability. In this project, we will show you how we used our PA-14 Mini Linear Actuator to follow the sun through a single axis of motion. Doing this increases the power yield of the solar panel by up to 25% more than a fixed solar panel.
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SPONSORSHIP: NICE BOX CUSTOM DESIGNED SNEAKER BOX

SPONSORSHIP: NICE BOX CUSTOM DESIGNED SNEAKER BOX

We wanted to share a very cool project that we sponsored recently. Nice Box is a company that creates special customized storage boxes, specifically custom sneaker boxes, for customers. The company was started by Cedric Townsend and he utilized our actuators and control systems to help bring some of his creations to life. He's built specially designed boxes for athletes and celebrities such as Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Andre Drummond.
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BRUSHED VS BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR: AN OVERVIEW

BRUSHED VS BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR: AN OVERVIEW

Brushed DC Motor

A brushed DC motor is one of the simplest types of motors. It consists of a few main components which in conjunction with a DC power supply create a rotating motor. The armature, commutator, brushes, and field magnet configuration can be seen in Figure 1 below.
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SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE LINEAR ACTUATOR

SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE LINEAR ACTUATOR

Learn how to determine the appropriate actuator for your application with some advice from one of our engineers.

One of the great things about working at Progressive Automations is hearing from customers about how they plan to use our actuators. From home fixtures to industrial applications, the sky is the limit for automation. In order to realize your ideas for using our linear actuators, there are many parameters which must be determined about the intended application. In this series, we present useful design techniques for determining how our actuators can be used.
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LINEAR ACTUATOR CONTROL: USING AN EXTERNAL LIMIT SWITCH

LINEAR ACTUATOR CONTROL: USING AN EXTERNAL LIMIT SWITCH

This article is the first part of our “Linear Actuator Control??? series. We will be discussing everything from the most basic control methods that utilize limit switches to accomplishing sequential control with the use of relays. In this first article we will cover how to limit a linear actuator’s extension and retraction stroke using the AC-24 external limit switch.
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WIFI CONTROL OF HIGH CURRENT LINEAR ACTUATORS

WIFI CONTROL OF HIGH CURRENT LINEAR ACTUATORS

In this post we will show you how to use the PA-35 Wi-Fi Control Box to control actuators that demand a large amount of current. Below is a video demonstration of the PA-17 Industrial Linear Actuator being controlled using a smartphone (click the picture below to start the video).
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