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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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WHAT IS AN IP RATING?

WHAT IS AN IP RATING?

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers have to do with IP ratings. What is an IP rating? What does it mean? How does the rating system work? That is why we wrote this guide explaining just what exactly an IP Rating is.

An International Protection Marking, also known as IP Rating/Code, is the rating of a product’s ability to withstand liquid and dust intrusion. Defined by IEC/EN 60529, the standard was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and is recognized all over the world. Continue reading

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LINEAR ACTUATORS IN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

LINEAR ACTUATORS IN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Working or retired, who doesn’t dream of traveling more? Whether going on a vacation with your family, or doing a road trip with your buddies, recreational vehicles are the ideal way to travel. You can go anywhere the road leads you, without losing the comfort of your home. However, to ensure your trip is stress free, it's a great idea to make sure your RV is automated, so it can setup exactly the way you want, and with minimum effort. Continue reading

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ACME SCREW VS BALL SCREW

ACME SCREW VS BALL SCREW

Lead screws have been widely used to generate linear motion from a rotary motor. It can convert circular motion to linear motion by turning the screw with the nut fixed in place, or turning the nut while the screw remains in place. Today, we will look at two of the most popular screw types in the automation industry: ACME Screws and Ball Screws. Continue reading

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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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