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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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INSIDE AN ELECTRIC LINEAR ACTUATOR

INSIDE AN ELECTRIC LINEAR ACTUATOR

Progressive Automations is an expert on linear motion. We design, manufacture and distribute a wide variety of electric linear actuators for almost any industry, as well as controls and accessories. In this article, we will dissect one of our most popular units, the PA-14 Mini Linear Actuator to show you the basics components inside an electric linear actuator. Continue reading

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THE FUTURE OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

THE FUTURE OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

As industries continue to incorporate linear actuators, we begin to see how they are being re-designed and modified to achieve full automation. The solar industry continues to grow as the standardized renewable resource. They utilize linear actuators produced with high load force ratings along with feedback signals to be programmed, tracking the sun for optimal productivity and maneuverability throughout the day. Once the design is in place, modifying the various aspects such as weight, duty cycle, speed, force, and accessibility can all provide insight on how linear actuators may evolve.
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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT SOLAR CANADA

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT SOLAR CANADA

Solar Canada is the largest professional solar industry event in Canada. The annual event had been held in Ontario for years, but this year they decided to move to Calgary, Alberta for the first time in the events history. Solar Canada focuses on innovations and policy changes throughout the solar industry. Every year it attracts thousands of people to the Convention Centre and while we did not have a booth this year, we made sure to go check it out as linear actuators are becoming more and more prevalent in the solar industry.

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BENEFITS OF ERGONOMIC STANDING DESKS

BENEFITS OF ERGONOMIC STANDING DESKS

Introduction

In recent years, the popularity of ergonomic tables has sky rocketed. People have started to realize the benefits of standing desks and table lifts. The saying ”Sitting is the new smoking, and it’s time to quit” or some variation on it can be seen on health magazines and fitness articles all over the place. This change has been brought on thanks to the dawn of the information age and the rise of automation in manufacturing/agriculture industries. Continue reading

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SYSTEM: FUSES VS CURRENT SENSORS

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SYSTEM: FUSES VS CURRENT SENSORS

Our records reveal that the number one cause for actuator failure is motor damage due to these two mistakes:

  • Obstructions in the actuator’s travel path
  • Excessive loads for prolonged periods

If you find your actuator lifeless despite repeated attempts to power it, you may want to bring your nose close to the motor for a quick sniff. A burnt smell is a common sign of motor damage. This smell is not similar to slightly burnt meat or a campfire, it is an unnatural smell that is common with burnt electronics. If this is what your motor smells like, it is very likely it is beyond recovery. Fear not however, give us a call and our engineers will get you fixed up! Continue reading

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

Development of Pistons

Electric linear actuators are a modern form of a piston that is driven by an electric motor. One of the earliest uses of pistons was in steam engines. The first recorded history of a steam engine dates back to a design created in 1st century Roman Egypt. However, the first steam cylinder was designed by Denis Papin, a French physicist and inventor, in the mid-1670s. Continue reading

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