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HOW TO MOUNT A LINEAR ACTUATOR EFFICIENTLY (TRAPDOOR EXAMPLE)

HOW TO MOUNT A LINEAR ACTUATOR EFFICIENTLY (TRAPDOOR EXAMPLE)

One of the most important steps in selecting a linear actuator is choosing the appropriate force rating. It is quite simple when the application requires a load to be lifted vertically, wherein the weight of the load being lifted is equal to the force required from the actuator. A more challenging scenario is if you have a hinge-type application, as commonly seen with lids, trapdoors and windows.

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HOW TO UTILIZE OUR FLTCON-2 & FLTCON-4 CONTROL BOXES

HOW TO UTILIZE OUR FLTCON-2 & FLTCON-4 CONTROL BOXES

Our FLTCON control box series are primarily used to operate our table lifts and lifting column sets. They can also be used as an actuator control box for certain actuator models, as long as they have a Hall Effect sensor and a 24VDC input. The control boxes utilize the Hall Effect sensor feedback, allowing the units to travel in sync as well as the ability to program and save multiple heights. The FLTCON series may benefit the user by keeping the units synchronized, where the speed and position of each actuator will be equal. We will be discussing the advantages of using the FLTCON-2 dual-channel control box as well as the FLTCON-4 quad-channel control box in various applications. 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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TIPS TO EXTEND YOUR LINEAR ACTUATORS LIFESPAN

TIPS TO EXTEND YOUR LINEAR ACTUATORS LIFESPAN

Introduction

Here at Progressive Automations, we design and manufacture all of our linear actuators with the highest standards of quality and durability. We aim to provide a variety of models to perfectly suit our customer’s wide range of applications, and to ensure that the models perform well and for a very long time.

Here are some tips to help you ensure that you get the most out of our linear actuators. The topics will discussed briefly, for a more detailed explanation please check out our other articles and videos. Continue reading

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HIGH CURRENT SPEED CONTROL OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR

HIGH CURRENT SPEED CONTROL OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR

The new high current DC Speed Controller (AC-26-30) increases the control capabilities for linear actuators in the entire Progressive Automations’ inventory. With a 30A current rating, and 12-48VDC voltage range, the AC-26-30 can control the speed for all of the Progressive Automations’ actuators from 0% to 100% speed.

The on board control knob allows fine tune control and a secure “off” position. Four conveniently located screw terminals at the front of the unit allow for a straight forward hook up. A built-in fuse helps protects against short circuits. Follow the DC Speed Control of a Linear Actuator wiring diagram in our Downloads section, this efficient and simple wiring method provides full speed control in the extend and retract directions. Continue reading

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT DROP DOWN TV LIFT

HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT DROP DOWN TV LIFT

The most recent addition to our line of TV automation products is the TY-05 Drop Down TV Lift. The unit is designed to be installed above the ceiling or against the wall. The lift is operated using a wireless remote and can raise your TV to hide it from plain sight and lower it when needed. In this article I will be discussing how to select the correct model for your application.

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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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HOW TO BUILD A PORTABLE SOLAR TRACKER

HOW TO BUILD A PORTABLE SOLAR TRACKER

Solar power is one of the most accessible types of renewable energy and is rapidly increasing in efficiency and affordability. In this project, we will show you how we used our PA-14 Mini Linear Actuator to follow the sun through a single axis of motion. Doing this increases the power yield of the solar panel by up to 25% more than a fixed solar panel.
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