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WAYS TO INCREASE WORKFLOW BENEFITS USING STANDING DESKS

WAYS TO INCREASE WORKFLOW BENEFITS USING STANDING DESKS

Do you feel you are included in the majority of office workers that stay seated while working Wellness in the workplace is an important aspect of the general well-being of office employees and employers alike.  A downside of working in an office setting is the constant sitting and lack of physical activity during the 40+ hours that are spent per week. Lunch and coffee breaks can contribute to increased daily activity, but that’s only if you choose to go for a brisk walk instead of taking the time to eat lunch at your desk -- which, realistically is what most do. Apart from the physical aspect of sitting all day, getting a “break” from sitting and standing are linked to improved moods and mindsets, as sitting for long periods of time can be monotonous.

Wellness in the workplace contributes to improved employee health, reduced health care costs, and promotes a culture of health, according to the SHRM 2016 Strategic Benefits Survey. In this survey, it was discovered that approximately 3 out of 5 organizations offer general wellness programs. So, why is this being discussed? Because recent medical research has found that sitting for long periods of time, regardless of the amount of physical activity is accomplished outside of the workplace, is associated with negative health outcomes. These negative health outcomes, to present a few examples, are obesity, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of death, as presented by a recent medical study. To combat this, the solution is to stand more during the day.

Set a reminder on your smart watch One of the fastest growing benefits is standing desks – desks that can convert from a seated position to a standing one. In the past 5 years, standing desks have seen a 44% increase in popularity in regards to the integration with workplace wellness programs.  This signifies that the use of standing desks is increasing steadily, and will soon be a common article of furniture at your workplace. Users of standing desks have agreed that having the options to sit or stand while continuing to work helps to add in the productivity benefits of standing desk use. With the rise in wearable techs, such as the Apple Watch, you may get reminders throughout the day to stand up, and with a standing desk, you won’t have to break concentration on the important project you’re currently working on.

Standing Desk by progessive automations using linear actuatorsAt Progressive Automations, we offer solutions for both home and office standing desk systems where we believe in the health benefits of using standing desks. Luckily, our devices produce minimal noise and will not be a disruption for your colleagues or housemates. Additionally, the table lifts that we provide are elegant in their control methods and we offer a variety of desks to suit your pre-existing office space setups with DIY standing desks or even by using linear actuators for standing desk installations.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO RETURN A UNIT

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO RETURN A UNIT

Here at Progressive Automations, we are confident in the quality of our products. So confident, in fact, that we are proud to offer an industry leading 18-month warranty. However, things happen, and while we strive for perfection with our units, nothing is perfect.

Sometimes you will realize that the unit is too big for your application. Sometimes things might happen where you might need to send your unit back to us for inspection. Continue reading

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HOW OUR LINEAR ACTUATORS ARE MADE

HOW OUR LINEAR ACTUATORS ARE MADE

A linear actuator is a motor that creates motion in a straight line. It is widely used in machine tools and industrial applications. Recently, with the rise of electric linear actuators, more and more industries have begun to use them to automate their applications. Progressive Automations is one of the leading electric linear actuators manufacturers in the world. The manufacturing process of our actuators follows very strict guidelines, and they are extensively reviewed by our product and manufacturing engineers. Continue reading

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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT LA COMIC CON 2018

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT LA COMIC CON 2018

Michael McMaster and Mike Senna are at it again! They have been two of our most valued customers for years now because of the amazing robots they have built using our actuators. The robots have been such a success that they are being invited to Comic Con conventions in North America for the last couple of years to show off their builds. Once such convention is LA Comic Con, which has invited them back multiple years in a row because of how popular the robots were. Continue reading

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PLANETARIUM PROJECTOR PROJECT

PLANETARIUM PROJECTOR PROJECT

One of our talented customers from Free Fall Technologies was nice enough to share his custom project with us, built with the help of our products. Free Fall Technologies is a planetarium education company that specializes in making interesting and educational technical systems for the field.  The project is a custom planetarium projector lift that utilizes our FLT-03-2-1 Lifting Column set to raise itself up and down. This is the fourth projector lift project he has created using our products and we can't wait to see what other applications he'll build in the future. Continue reading

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ROBOTIC AUTOMATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

ROBOTIC AUTOMATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning is on course to provide drastic improvements to autonomous systems. The future is bright and the advancement of AI controlled robotics will only increase from here on out.

AI aims to provide robots with the ability to perform tasks that were once only capable of being completed with human intelligence. That is, to encompass the ability to perform a variety of tasks on its own as opposed to only following a predetermined algorithm created by a programmer. Continue reading

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ADVANCEMENTS IN MILITARY AUTOMATION

ADVANCEMENTS IN MILITARY AUTOMATION

The advancement in robotics and automation have transformed manufacturing industries across the globe, and dramatically increased the efficiency of consumer products. The advancement of technology has not only benefited the civilian sector, the largest benefactor is in fact the military. Military defense automation already established itself in the cold war era, but new robotic and artificial intelligence technology has begun to cause exponential growth in the field. In the last decade, multiple world powers have committed significant amounts of resources in developing military automation technology, and advancement they have made will change the landscape of warfare forever. This article will take a look at a few of the exemplar applications automation has made in the advancement in the military. Continue reading

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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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