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Dr Baxtor, - South Carolina
by Ajay Arora
Linear actuators can be found in many different appliances and machinery, but one of its most prevalent uses is in the application and creation of furniture. In furniture making, they help automate a number of processes and functions such as eliminating the monotony of everyday tasks, which in turn speeds up production as well as helping prevent workplace injuries in the factories that make furniture.
An actuators job is to create linear motion. That motion can be applied to any number of processes or functions, whether simple or complex. For example they can be used to shut switches off, turn controls on, raise or lower platforms and pull or push something along a conveyer belt. Tasks such as these are commonly found in furniture factories and the equipment that make said furniture.
Now what type of furniture will you find an actuator in? Mostly in things like desks, beds, laboratory stations, couches and draft tables, basically almost anything where adjustability is a key factor. Actuators make that adjustability possible. Here are some examples of how they would work.
Shared offices and work spaces may have actuators in their desks that give them the ability to raise or lower the height to meet the needs of many different users. Our FLT-03-2-2 table lift, which can hold up to 880lbs of weight, is perfect for situations like this.
Work environments like hospitals would use actuators in their beds to help adjust the height and angle to best suit a patients needs and comforts. Our PA-02, PA-14 or PA-15 units could work in these situations, depending on how much weight, speed and stroke length is needed.
Not limited to just work places, they can also be found in the comfort of one’s home, such as a remote controlled TV lift or in reclining chairs and sofas. Here at Progressive our TV lift is capable of supporting up to 150lbs of force with a stroke length of 39 inches.
Whether it be at work or at home, business or pleasure, furniture actuators are there to make our lives easier and help streamline processes that would otherwise be repetitive and time consuming. They add motion and functionality to furniture and the machines that make furniture, making the industry as a whole safer and more user friendly.