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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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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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