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HOW TO MONITOR FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 1

HOW TO MONITOR FEEDBACK OF A LINEAR ACTUATOR PART 1

In today’s guide we will be going over how to find out how much force a linear actuator is applying by monitoring the amount of current it is using. This will be one of our more advanced guides and will require some complex coding, calibrating and programming. We will be covering the monitoring of an analog input and how it utilizes its functions. For this project we’ll be using a MegaMoto Plus, a linear actuator (we are using our PA-14 mini actuator), an Arduino Uno and a power supply of at least 12V.
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INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS PART 2

INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Intro to Arduino Microcontrollers. Last time we went over the basics of Arduino and some of the different board models that we carry in stock. Today we’ll be going over a couple more of the boards that we have as well as how to get started with programming and coding them. The last two boards we’ll be discussing have some more advanced features then the ones we went over in Part 1, the Arduino Mega and the Arduino Ethernet.
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INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS

INTRO TO ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS

We’ve been expanding our line of control systems with the addition of microcontrollers, shields and other hardware, including becoming an official distributor of Arduino products. Arduino is one of the leaders in open-source electronic platforms and one of the most popular hardware brands in the industry.
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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS AT DISNEYS D23 EXPO

The bi-annual D23 Expo has been one of the most popular and fan-friendly conventions in the world since it first started in 2009. It was created to give fans an inside look at the magic of Disney and exclusive first looks at upcoming attractions, films and presentations celebrating arguably the most beloved and acclaimed entertainment studio of all time. We were lucky enough to be a part of this years expo with the help of two of our most valued customers, expert builders Michael McMaster and Mike Senna.
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HOW TO USE RELAYS TO CONTROL LINEAR ACTUATORS

HOW TO USE RELAYS TO CONTROL LINEAR ACTUATORS

In this post we will be going over how to use relay boards to control the motion of linear actuators. We have 2-channel, 4-channel and 8-channel relay boards available and each one does the same thing, the only difference being how many channels are usable. We will be combining the relay boards with our LC-066 Arduino Uno to show off their control capabilities. Continue reading

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HOW TO CONTROL THE TIMING OF A LINEAR ACTUATORS MOTION

HOW TO CONTROL THE TIMING OF A LINEAR ACTUATORS MOTION

In our latest "How To" post we will be going over how to control the timing of a linear actuators motion using some of our microcontrollers. Microcontrollers give a lot of freedom in motion control and this is just one example of an almost endless amount of motion control options available. For this example we will be using:
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SPONSORSHIP: DR. DECKS PHANTOM BBQ PROGRESS REPORT

SPONSORSHIP: DR. DECKS PHANTOM BBQ PROGRESS REPORT

Dr. Decks has been one of our most valued customers for a long time and we have worked together on a number of exciting automation projects together in the past. We are partnering up again and working on an addition to his line of "Phantom" devices, this time the Phantom BBQ. Previous "Phantom" creations that we have worked on together include the Phantom Bench, Phantom Lounge Chair and Phantom Staircase. All of these creations involve having outdoor furniture and appliances that are able to appear and disappear at the press of a button, giving customers more space in their backyard and saving them the hassle of setting up and putting away all those appliances manually.
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