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ROBOTIC AUTOMATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

ROBOTIC AUTOMATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning is on course to provide drastic improvements to autonomous systems. The future is bright and the advancement of AI controlled robotics will only increase from here on out.

AI aims to provide robots with the ability to perform tasks that were once only capable of being completed with human intelligence. That is, to encompass the ability to perform a variety of tasks on its own as opposed to only following a predetermined algorithm created by a programmer. Continue reading

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ADVANCEMENTS IN MILITARY AUTOMATION

ADVANCEMENTS IN MILITARY AUTOMATION

The advancement in robotics and automation have transformed manufacturing industries across the globe, and dramatically increased the efficiency of consumer products. The advancement of technology has not only benefited the civilian sector, the largest benefactor is in fact the military. Military defense automation already established itself in the cold war era, but new robotic and artificial intelligence technology has begun to cause exponential growth in the field. In the last decade, multiple world powers have committed significant amounts of resources in developing military automation technology, and advancement they have made will change the landscape of warfare forever. This article will take a look at a few of the exemplar applications automation has made in the advancement in the military. Continue reading

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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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INSIDE AN ELECTRIC LINEAR ACTUATOR

INSIDE AN ELECTRIC LINEAR ACTUATOR

Progressive Automations is an expert on linear motion. We design, manufacture and distribute a wide variety of electric linear actuators for almost any industry, as well as controls and accessories. In this article, we will dissect one of our most popular units, the PA-14 Mini Linear Actuator to show you the basics components inside an electric linear actuator. Continue reading

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THE FUTURE OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

THE FUTURE OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

As industries continue to incorporate linear actuators, we begin to see how they are being re-designed and modified to achieve full automation. The solar industry continues to grow as the standardized renewable resource. They utilize linear actuators produced with high load force ratings along with feedback signals to be programmed, tracking the sun for optimal productivity and maneuverability throughout the day. Once the design is in place, modifying the various aspects such as weight, duty cycle, speed, force, and accessibility can all provide insight on how linear actuators may evolve.
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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT SOLAR CANADA

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT SOLAR CANADA

Solar Canada is the largest professional solar industry event in Canada. The annual event had been held in Ontario for years, but this year they decided to move to Calgary, Alberta for the first time in the events history. Solar Canada focuses on innovations and policy changes throughout the solar industry. Every year it attracts thousands of people to the Convention Centre and while we did not have a booth this year, we made sure to go check it out as linear actuators are becoming more and more prevalent in the solar industry.

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BENEFITS OF ERGONOMIC STANDING DESKS

BENEFITS OF ERGONOMIC STANDING DESKS

Introduction

In recent years, the popularity of ergonomic tables has sky rocketed. People have started to realize the benefits of standing desks and table lifts. The saying ”Sitting is the new smoking, and it’s time to quit” or some variation on it can be seen on health magazines and fitness articles all over the place. This change has been brought on thanks to the dawn of the information age and the rise of automation in manufacturing/agriculture industries. 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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