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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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ADDING LINEAR ACTUATORS TO CHICKEN COOPS AND SNOWBLOWER CHUTES

ADDING LINEAR ACTUATORS TO CHICKEN COOPS AND SNOWBLOWER CHUTES

As automation trends become increasingly popular, customers are always looking for ways to implement linear actuators into their applications. For instance, in farming locations, chickens stay cooped up inside until you let them out. This requires you to bundle up and head outside to open the door in the colder months. With the use of a linear actuator and a digital timer, you can have this process automated for you! Additionally, linear actuators can also be used to help re-direct the chute on a snow-blower with a push of a button. In this article, we will be going over how to automate a chicken coop door as well as directing the chute on a snow-blower.
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FLUID POWER SOUTH SUCCESS STORY USING HEAVY DUTY LINEAR ACTUATORS

FLUID POWER SOUTH SUCCESS STORY USING HEAVY DUTY LINEAR ACTUATORS

Fluid Power South is a distributor and seller of automation components. They have been serving Georgia OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), machines users, and resellers for nearly four decades. Their work helps companies of all sizes from growing manufacturers to Fortune 500 businesses generate billions of dollars in revenue each year.

Many of Fluid Power South’s customers are in the agricultural industry and they are demanding more automation solutions than ever before. With the increase in demand for food due to the rapid growth of the world’s population, the agriculture industry has been striving for improvements in efficiency and larger yields. By automating some of the agriculture processes, they can reduce human labor cost, provide longer operational times and increase workload capacity.
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FLOWCHART FOR ACTUATOR SELECTION

FLOWCHART FOR ACTUATOR SELECTION

Selecting the right electric actuator for your application is a key part of bringing it to life. You need to ensure it meets all your specifications and has the ability to do exactly what you want it to do. That is why we created this handy little flowchart for selecting a linear actuator. It is broken down into four sections, with each section showing different options for our actuators so you can clearly see how they differentiate from each other. Continue reading

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COMMON MOUNTING METHODS FOR LINEAR ACTUATORS

COMMON MOUNTING METHODS FOR LINEAR ACTUATORS

A Linear actuator is a common mechanical component in many industries. The applications which linear actuators are used in are very diverse and provide a variety of interesting automation possibilities. It is important to choose the right actuator for the job, but it also needs to be mounted correctly in the application for it to function properly. In this article, we will discuss a few common methods of mounting a linear actuator and what you need to pay attention to when installing them. Continue reading

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FLIGHT SIMULATOR SUCCESS STORY USING LINEAR ACTUATORS

FLIGHT SIMULATOR SUCCESS STORY USING LINEAR ACTUATORS

With the advancement of the technology used in augmented reality, no longer are simulators limited to training facilities and large companies. Makers all over the world are utilizing motion control components to create interactive and cost effective simulators right at home, many of whom use Progressive Automations’ linear actuators for their linear motion needs.

Anthony Escalante, a local Progressive Automations’ customer took the meaning of DIY to a new level. With his modular design of custom fabricated components, electronic hardware, and programming, Anthony created a fully functioning Flight Motion Simulator for his home.
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PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS YEAR IN REVIEW

PROGRESSIVE AUTOMATIONS YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 was a big year for us at Progressive Automations. We moved to a new, larger location as we continue to grow and introduced many new products. There were also many exciting projects that our customers shared with us over the last year. Let’s take a look at what happened in 2017!

Products

One of our goals here is to consistently innovate and create actuator models based on customer feedback. We want to have an actuator for you no matter what your application is so we take the time to research what customers are asking for and base our actuator development on that. One such actuator we introduced was the PA-13 High Force Industrial Actuator. This is now the strongest linear actuator we have in stock, capable of producing a whopping 3000 lbs of force and with an IP66 protection rating.
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