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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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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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SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE LINEAR ACTUATOR

SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE LINEAR ACTUATOR

Learn how to determine the appropriate actuator for your application with some advice from one of our engineers.

One of the great things about working at Progressive Automations is hearing from customers about how they plan to use our actuators. From home fixtures to industrial applications, the sky is the limit for automation. In order to realize your ideas for using our linear actuators, there are many parameters which must be determined about the intended application. In this series, we present useful design techniques for determining how our actuators can be used.
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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

The bi-annual D23 Expo has been one of the most popular and fan-friendly conventions in the world since it first started in 2009. It was created to give fans an inside look at the magic of Disney and exclusive first looks at upcoming attractions, films and presentations celebrating arguably the most beloved and acclaimed entertainment studio of all time. We were lucky enough to be a part of this years expo with the help of two of our most valued customers, expert builders Michael McMaster and Mike Senna.
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THE 2015 VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE

THE 2015 VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE

Engineers, hobbyists and inventors of all ages were present at the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire earlier this month to show off and compare their various creations. We here at Progressive Automations thought it would be a great idea to head down and see what local builders, engineers and inventors were capable of and to let them know that we would be glad to help them in their future creative endeavors. There was a wide array of projects and demonstrations on display from "Makers" of all kinds including university/college students, local businesses and people just doing it for fun. Some of the more notable projects included a giant mechanical snake (that was unfortunately running into some technical difficulties) and a robotic prosthesis that looked like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.
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AUTOMATION IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

AUTOMATION IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

Actuators are seeing more medical use every day, often replacing older pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Their applications are varied, and can range from the tiny (2" stroke) to the large (24" stroke). There are four main reasons that actuator usage is on the rise in the medical field:
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