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5 TIPS ON ACTUATOR INSTALLATION

5 TIPS ON ACTUATOR INSTALLATION

by Ajay Arora

Proper actuator installation is key for best performance.

If your linear actuator has been installed correctly, it'll perform better over time and live through its complete life cycle. Use our tips as a checklist before you turn on your project. The risks of improper actuator installation mean two things. First, your actuator may not perform the way you want it to. It may not have enough room, it could bind, or it could stop working altogether. Second, improper installation could mean your actuator lasts for much less of its expected life than you thought.
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ELECTRICAL LINEAR ACTUATOR VS HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS

ELECTRICAL LINEAR ACTUATOR VS HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS

What Is A Linear Actuator?

A linear actuator, simply put, is a device that converts energy into motion in a straight line. There are various ways to do this. Some actuators are hydraulic, some are pneumatic, some are electric and there are other newer types that move more like muscles. We're just going to focus on the difference between hydraulic and electric linear actuators in this article.
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LINEAR ACTUATORS HELP BUILD SMARTER BUILDINGS

LINEAR ACTUATORS HELP BUILD SMARTER BUILDINGS

The face of the construction industry is changing at a rapid pace. That's because space is becoming precious, while the need to manage resources and better protect the environment increases. Smart buildings and smart homes are becoming less a concept of the future and more of a reality in today's real estate market. The construction industry is responding to this new trend in several intelligent and innovative ways using industrial automation.
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HOBBYIST USES FOR LINEAR ACTUATORS

HOBBYIST USES FOR LINEAR ACTUATORS

Looking for some linear actuator ideas for hobby automation?

For the home hobbyist who likes building and inventing, knowing about linear actuators is a must. Actuators are simply mechanisms that convert energy into movement along a straight line. A regular motor differs from a linear actuator in that a motor creates rotational movement. There is a device available for every conceivable use by a hobbyist.

The Many Roles
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GET COMFORTABLE WITH FURNITURE AUTOMATION

GET COMFORTABLE WITH FURNITURE AUTOMATION

Enjoy some furniture automation and get savings!

Order by January 1st, 2014 and get 10% off your purchase! Use the code CHRISTMAS10 to redeem your discount.

Remember the days when your dear, old dad had to reach down to pull the lever on his Laz-E-Boy recliner? You might enjoy the nostalgia, but you don't have to do much reaching anymore with a little furniture automation. With the use of just a single 12V actuator and control system, you can automate your favorite recliner or any piece of furniture you like. Any recliner can be automated with a little bit of elbow grease. 
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AIR AND ELECTRIC: MAKING THE CHOICE

AIR AND ELECTRIC: MAKING THE CHOICE

Engineers face many decisions when choosing between an electric linear cylinder and an air powered one. Taking various elements into account, there are many reasons that electrics have a distinct advantage over pneumatics.

Pneumatic VS Electric Cost

While the cost shouldn't be the first thing that solidifies your decision, the cost of operation and maintenance over time should be an important factor. If you're spending a great deal of money on an application, it can quickly become a money pit.
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MICHAEL MCMASTER'S GOT AN R4-P17 IN THE WORKS!

MICHAEL MCMASTER'S GOT AN R4-P17 IN THE WORKS!

Progressive Automations had a chance to speak with Michael McMaster about his new R2-D2 and R4-P17 - and yes, he'll be using our actuators.

When Mike McMaster got the itch to recreate a working model of R2-D2, like so many of us have contemplated in the past, he came upon the R2 Builder's Club Yahoo! Group. After his first build was a smashing success, he's about to do it again. This time, he's not only got his eye on a new R2-D2. He's planning on building an R4-P17, as well.

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