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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

08/24/2015 10:42:48 AM - Posted by pa-admin

The bi-annual D23 Expo has been one of the most popular and fan-friendly conventions in the world since it first started in 2009. It was created to give fans an inside look at the magic of Disney and exclusive first looks at upcoming attractions, films and presentations celebrating arguably the most beloved and acclaimed entertainment studio of all time. We were lucky enough to be a part of this years expo with the help of two of our most valued customers, expert builders Michael McMaster and Mike Senna.
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HOW TO USE RELAYS TO CONTROL LINEAR ACTUATORS

HOW TO USE RELAYS TO CONTROL LINEAR ACTUATORS

08/21/2015 2:48:56 PM - Posted by pa-admin

In this post we will be going over how to use relay boards to control the motion of linear actuators. We have 2-channel, 4-channel and 8-channel relay boards available and each one does the same thing, the only difference being how many channels are usable. We will be combining the relay boards with our LC-066 Arduino Uno to show off their control capabilities. The relays control the direction in which the actuator moves. They work by using current from the input source to activate an electromagnet, which pulls a switch that allows higher currents on the opposite side of the relay to flow.
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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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