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A BRIEF HISTORY OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LINEAR ACTUATORS

Development of Pistons

Electric linear actuators are a modern form of a piston that is driven by an electric motor. One of the earliest uses of pistons was in steam engines. The first recorded history of a steam engine dates back to a design created in 1st century Roman Egypt. However, the first steam cylinder was designed by Denis Papin, a French physicist and inventor, in the mid-1670s. 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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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT WONDERCON 2018

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT WONDERCON 2018

WonderCon is known to many as the sister show to San Diego Comic Con, the worlds largest and most popular annual comic convention. The annual WonderCon event has been held in Anaheim since 2012 and celebrates all the latest in nerd culture including comics, movies, TV and animation. Each year it attracts tens of thousands of people to the Anaheim Convention Centre and we were lucky enough to have to opportunity to sponsor one of the booths set up there this year. 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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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS CUSTOM LINEAR ACTUATORS

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS CUSTOM LINEAR ACTUATORS

At Progressive Automations, we have a wide variety of actuators in stock with a range of stroke sizes and forces to choose from. We also understand that every user’s application is unique. For this reason, we provide our customers with custom options to fit their needs. From customized stroke sizes and increased forces to implementing positional feedback, we can tailor a linear actuator to your needs. In this article, I will be going over the various options we have to offer.

Implementation of linear actuators has gained the attention of farmers, machine workers and even hobbyists. We know that not all applications are identical, and because of this, they may call for different actuator attributes to get the job done, such as: Continue reading

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WONDERCON 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT

WONDERCON 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT

WonderCon is known as the sister show to San Diego Comic Con, the worlds largest and most popular annual comic convention. The annual event has been held in Anaheim since 2012 and celebrates all the latest in nerd culture including comics, movies, TV and animation. Each year it attracts tens of thousands of people and we are excited to announce that Progressive Automations will be a part of WonderCon 2018!

Michael McMaster & Mike Senna will be showing off their BB-8 and R2-D2 droids from Star Wars at this year’s WonderCon. They were able to build the robots with the help of our linear actuators and will even be hosting their own workshop to discuss how exactly they built their amazing robots on March 23 in Room 210. We will be sharing and posting updates on our social media channels so be sure to follow us to get all the latest pictures and video from the event! WonderCon 2018 will be going from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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10 WAYS AUTOMATION IS CHANGING THE MODERN WORLD

10 WAYS AUTOMATION IS CHANGING THE MODERN WORLD

10. Construction Automation

In the past 20 to 30 years, manufacturing efficiency has increased significantly due to robotics and technology. Construction efficiency on the other hand has remained stagnant. With the introduction of construction robots like S.A.M, the construction industry can finally increase its productivity while reducing overall labor costs. This brick laying robot can lay up to 3000 bricks a day, which is roughly 3 times faster than a seasoned human construction worker. Automation is leading the construction industry through a significant change just as it did for the manufacturing industry in the past few decades. Continue reading

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AN AC & DC LINEAR ACTUATOR

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AN AC & DC LINEAR ACTUATOR

Electric Linear actuators are driven by either an AC or DC motor. This article will highlight the main differences between these two motor types in order to assist you in the selection of the correct linear actuator motor.

Electrical Definition

AC and DC motors run on the same principle. Alternating magnetic fields caused by alternating current direction cause a shaft to rotate. The differences between these two current types determine the motor characteristics.
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