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MOBILE BARBERSHOP SUCCESS STORY USING MINI LINEAR ACTUATORS

MOBILE BARBERSHOP SUCCESS STORY USING MINI LINEAR ACTUATORS

As real estate prices increase, businesses constantly look for innovative ways to densify their space. Whether it be using automated checkout counters or online check-in, automation is a key driving force for conserving space and time. The mobile barbershop business is no different.

Anthony Martin, owner of BarberDasher Club, started his unique mobile barbershop business in Vancouver about a year ago. Looking to combine that classic barbershop feel with 21st century technology, Anthony pulled out all the stops on the interior of his Mercedes Sprinter Van. Fully equipped with running water, lighting, and heating and even a 100 year old classic barber chair; BarberDasher Club is able to provide full service grooming to all of its clients.
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DR. DECKS SUCCESS STORY USING OUR IP66 LINEAR ACTUATOR

DR. DECKS SUCCESS STORY USING OUR IP66 LINEAR ACTUATOR

Our go-to recommendation for Dr. Decks’ mind-blowing deck automation projects is our PA-04 IP66 Linear Actuator.

Being based in the Northwestern United States, it is critical that the actuators Dr. Decks uses can withstand the downpour of rain and occasional snow common in the area. Featuring an IP66 protection rating, the PA-04 has one of the highest water and dust ingress protection ratings among our actuators, making it a top choice for automation applications above and underneath the deck.

The PA-04 also boasts a wide variety of force and speed options. One of the first projects we worked with Dr. Decks on was lifting a set of tiki torches from underneath the deck. Since the torches were quite light, we were able to use the PA-04 model rated for 100 lbs which provided a blazing 2.8 inches per second of travel. At a moment’s notice, the owner of this deck can press a button on a wireless remote to initiate the sequence. The tiki torches hidden around the circular deck rises to provide a warm soft glow to the deck and surrounding garden. If you need more punch, then the PA-04 also comes in higher force options that can go up to 1350 lbs.
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TABLE LIFT AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

TABLE LIFT AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

As automation moves more and more jobs towards a computer, potential health risks are becoming a growing concern. Sitting for long periods of time is proven to negatively impact emotional and physical well-being. Using an automated table lift, users can negate the long term effects of a sedentary life in both the work place and at home.

The FLT-08 Dual Section Table Lift is a complete automation solution for individually controlled desks. Built with a secure 4 leg frame, each section of two legs can adjust the height of its own individual table top. Each side is accompanied by an interactive remote with up and down control as well as 4 preset positions for ease of use. Optimized for an office environment, the motors in each leg perform smoothly and quietly to ensure no disruption to the surrounding desk. A privacy wall can be added using the included wall mounts, or left empty for open office concepts. With a weight capacity of 220 lbs per table and 1.5”/s speed, this table lift can bring a new level of health and comfort to the user.
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WHAT IS AN IP RATING?

WHAT IS AN IP RATING?

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers have to do with IP ratings. What is an IP rating? What does it mean? How does the rating system work? That is why we wrote this guide explaining just what exactly an IP Rating is.

An International Protection Marking, also known as IP Rating/Code, is the rating of a product’s ability to withstand liquid and dust intrusion. Defined by IEC/EN 60529, the standard was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and is recognized all over the world. Continue reading

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LINEAR ACTUATORS IN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

LINEAR ACTUATORS IN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Working or retired, who doesn’t dream of traveling more? Whether going on a vacation with your family, or doing a road trip with your buddies, recreational vehicles are the ideal way to travel. You can go anywhere the road leads you, without losing the comfort of your home. However, to ensure your trip is stress free, it's a great idea to make sure your RV is automated, so it can setup exactly the way you want, and with minimum effort. Continue reading

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ACME SCREW VS BALL SCREW

ACME SCREW VS BALL SCREW

Lead screws have been widely used to generate linear motion from a rotary motor. It can convert circular motion to linear motion by turning the screw with the nut fixed in place, or turning the nut while the screw remains in place. Today, we will look at two of the most popular screw types in the automation industry: ACME Screws and Ball Screws. Continue reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTUATOR SYNCHRONIZATION

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTUATOR SYNCHRONIZATION

There are two methods of multiple actuator control – parallel and synchronous. Parallel control outputs a constant voltage to each actuator, while synchronous control outputs variable voltage to each actuator.

The process of synchronizing multiple actuators is necessary when implementing two or more actuators to move at the same speed.  This can be achieved with two forms of positional feedback– Hall Effect sensors and multiple turn potentiometers. Continue reading

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UTILIZING LINEAR ACTUATORS IN JOHN DEERE VEHICLES

UTILIZING LINEAR ACTUATORS IN JOHN DEERE VEHICLES

Linear actuators discretely assist us in our daily lives, they can be found on vehicles, in homes, and in the work place. The majority of them remain behind the scenes ensuring we are able to pull, push, lift, and tilt the world around us with ease.

The agricultural industry historically has been dominated by the use of both hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, however, with the advancement of electric linear actuators, these tend to be the favored safe and reliable replacements. Continue reading

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