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Linear Actuator
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BUILDING AN AUTOMATED STANDING DESK WITH OUR TABLE LIFT SET

BUILDING AN AUTOMATED STANDING DESK WITH OUR TABLE LIFT SET

Sitting for long periods of time is never a good idea; it can lead to many health issues including obesity, increased risk of cancer, shorter life spans and long term posture problems.  But for some it’s a part of their daily life, primarily those working a desk job that requires sitting at a computer all day. While it is recommended to take breaks and walk away (literally) from your work throughout the day, some people just don’t have the time to do that. That’s where a standing desk comes in, letting you stand and stretch your legs without leaving your desk and losing valuable work time.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTUATOR SYNCHRONIZATION

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTUATOR SYNCHRONIZATION

There are two methods of multiple actuator control – parallel and synchronous. Parallel control outputs a constant voltage to each actuator, while synchronous control outputs variable voltage to each actuator.

The process of synchronizing multiple actuators is necessary when implementing two or more actuators to move at the same speed.  This can be achieved with two forms of positional feedback– Hall Effect sensors and multiple turn potentiometers. Continue reading

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UTILIZING LINEAR ACTUATORS IN JOHN DEERE VEHICLES

UTILIZING LINEAR ACTUATORS IN JOHN DEERE VEHICLES

Linear actuators discretely assist us in our daily lives, they can be found on vehicles, in homes, and in the work place. The majority of them remain behind the scenes ensuring we are able to pull, push, lift, and tilt the world around us with ease.

The agricultural industry historically has been dominated by the use of both hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, however, with the advancement of electric linear actuators, these tend to be the favored safe and reliable replacements. Continue reading

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AUTOMATED SECRET BOOKCASE DOORS PROJECT

AUTOMATED SECRET BOOKCASE DOORS PROJECT

Bruce McArdle shares with us how he designed and built his own automatic secret bookcase doors.

This project describes how I used an Arduino, motor controller and linear actuators to allow automatic opening and closing of a pair of doors (secret doors; secret bookcase doors!). The bookcases were hand made to support fully loaded shelves and have a unique hinge and slide mechanism so the bookcases look like they are resting against the outside wall. Continue reading

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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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