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THE 2015 VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE

THE 2015 VANCOUVER MINI MAKER FAIRE

Engineers, hobbyists and inventors of all ages were present at the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire earlier this month to show off and compare their various creations. We here at Progressive Automations thought it would be a great idea to head down and see what local builders, engineers and inventors were capable of and to let them know that we would be glad to help them in their future creative endeavors. There was a wide array of projects and demonstrations on display from "Makers" of all kinds including university/college students, local businesses and people just doing it for fun. Some of the more notable projects included a giant mechanical snake (that was unfortunately running into some technical difficulties) and a robotic prosthesis that looked like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.
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HOW TO COMBINE OUR ACTUATOR CONTROL SYSTEMS

HOW TO COMBINE OUR ACTUATOR CONTROL SYSTEMS

In today's how to post we will be going over the steps necessary to combine our linear actuator control systems together. Now in order to combine control systems you must prevent short circuiting as this can damage your components. Since the control boxes connect actuators to ground when not activated we cannot use them for direct control in parallel.
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HOW TO USE AN ARDUINO WITH LINEAR ACTUATORS

HOW TO USE AN ARDUINO WITH LINEAR ACTUATORS

Just recently here at Progressive Automations we have unveiled a new section in our selection of control systems, PLC controls. We've partnered with Arduino in order to bring you the highest quality PLCs on the market and so you can have more control options than you ever thought possible with linear actuators. So what exactly is a PLC?
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HOW TO CONNECT AN EXTERNAL LIMIT SWITCH TO A PA-30 CONTROL BOX

HOW TO CONNECT AN EXTERNAL LIMIT SWITCH TO A PA-30 CONTROL BOX

In our last How-To we showed how to connect our AC-24 external limit switch to one of our AC control boxes, the PA-20. That process was made simple thanks to the 4-pin connector on the AC-24 and the PA-20, but what if you aren't using the PA-20 and need to connect the limit switch without using it's 4-pin connector?
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HOW TO INSTALL AN EXTERNAL LIMIT SWITCH USING AN AC CONTROL BOX

HOW TO INSTALL AN EXTERNAL LIMIT SWITCH USING AN AC CONTROL BOX

Here is our step by step guide on how to connect an external limit switch, AC-24, with one of our PA-20 control boxes.

First we need all the necessary equipment. We’ll be using a PA-20 Control Box, a PA-18 Track Linear Actuator, and of course an AC-24 Limit Switch. Let’s make sure we have all the equipment.
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HOW TO INSTALL AN ACTUATOR

HOW TO INSTALL AN ACTUATOR

Installing can be a simple, easy, pain-free process for anyone. If you find you require some additional help with installation, this guide should be able to set you on the right path. This guide is aimed at helping those with simple automation projects, such as home automation projects, get the best installation possible.

If you have any additional questions about the installation process, feel free to get in contact with us by using the contact information below. We are happy to take you through the process.

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HOW TO CONNECT A LINEAR ACTUATOR WITH PA-30 CONTROL BOX

HOW TO CONNECT A LINEAR ACTUATOR WITH PA-30 CONTROL BOX

We have prepared another step-by-step guide on how to connect and power a linear actuator, this time using a DC powered control box. You can check out our earlier post on how to connect using AC power here. For this demonstration we are going to use one of our most popular DC power sources, the PA-30.

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