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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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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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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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HOW TO MONITOR LOAD FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 2

HOW TO MONITOR LOAD FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our guide on how to monitor the load feedback of a linear actuator. In Part 1 we went over the wiring process and the basic coding needed for the example. In today's guide we will be going over in the detail the different sections of the coding as well as some ways to edit it to your liking. To begin we will be looking at the latchButtons() section of code.
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HOW TO MONITOR FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 1

HOW TO MONITOR FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 1

In today’s guide we will be going over how to find out how much force a linear actuator is applying by monitoring the amount of current it is using. This will be one of our more advanced guides and will require some complex coding, calibrating and programming. We will be covering the monitoring of an analog input and how it utilizes its functions. For this project we’ll be using a MegaMoto Plus, a linear actuator (we are using our PA-14 mini actuator), an Arduino Uno and a power supply of at least 12V.
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