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### LINEAR ACTUATORS - CALCULATING STROKE LENGTH AND FORCE

The first step in determining the size of a linear actuator needed to move a specific load requires the user to calculate translational force. To calculate translational force, four components must be considered: mass, friction, gravity and other counter-forces within the system. Each component must be solved for in the equation to yield the appropriate sized actuator. A sample calculation will be provided to help users determine the size of the actuator. A list of terms related to the calculation is also necessary from proper understanding of the variables in the equations.

### ULTIMATE MAN CAVE PROJECT

Chef Francios a man known for making gourmet food using only power tools has decided to make every man’s fantasy, The Ultimate “Man Cave???. With the electric actuators from Progressive Automations he will be able to do just that. In the video below he has completed the “proof of concept??? for his project.

### AUTOMATED SPICE RACK

Overview:

Automation products are becoming more popular in today’s household. The video below shows an example of one way automation is used in the average home today. With the help of this video and the information provided we hope you will be able to learn how to build your own automated spice rack. This project is also designed to give you ideas about different types of projects that can be done around the home and office. Linear actuators can help save space, provide innovative designs and make your home working more efficiently.

### HOW TO CONNECT DC SPEED CONTROLLER TO LINEAR ACTUATOR

In this video you will learn how to connect linear actuator to the dc speed controller.  DC speed controller is very useful to control the speed of an actuator.  It becomes very important when two actuator or more are used at the same time.  The DC speed controller will even out the speed for both electric motors.

### THE AUTOMATED HOME

Household Linear Actuator Projects

The video below shows several ways to incorporate linear actuators into your household products. We will go through each in project shown in detail describing which Progressive Automations units and accessories we recommend. You can follow our recommendation or opt for a different unit based on your requirement.

### TV LIFT SYSTEMS WITH LINEAR ACTUATORS

Overview:

Build your own tv lift system using linear actuators.  The project is easy to set up plus cost effective.  You will need 1 or 2 actuators, gas springs, mounting brackets, guide rails and wood materials.  There is an option to set up the system using AC or DC power.  If AC power is used, you will need a PA-30 with an AC adapter or PA-20 control box.  This will allow you to control the system using wireless or wired hand remote.  If DC power is used you will need a 12V power supply and rocker switch to control the system.There are two different types of TV lift systems you can build.  One system can bring the TV down from the ceiling and other one can have your TV going up from the cabinet or similar furniture.  In recent years the TV lift systems have become very popular as people try to save space or just make their house look unique.  Building a TV lift system is a cheaper alternative than buying a full-assembled system.

### ACTUATORS AND SOLAR PANELS

Overview:

Solar panels have become more popular over the last 20 years to help reduce our energy bills as well as have less of a carbon foot print on the environment. The main issue that has plagued solar panel use over the years is they cannot follow the sun to take full advantage of the suns power.

Progressive Automations offers an inexpensive and safe alternative to take full advantage of the sun all hours of the day. To have a system in the video above installed by a professional would cost thousands of dollars. Using our actuators and some additional material you will be able to achieve the same professional build for a fraction of the cost. Using linear actuators make it possible to move your solar panels in almost any direction and will significantly reduce your energy bill over non-moving solar panels in your home.