Save money on your purchases by earning redeemable points with Progressive Rewards!
A Linear actuator is a common mechanical component in many industries. The applications in which linear actuators are used in 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.
The most common method to mount your linear actuator is the dual-pivot mounting method. This common mounting arrangement consists of mounting the linear actuator on both ends with a free to pivot mounting point usually involving a clevis and mounting pin. This mounting method allows the actuator to pivot on both sides as the actuator extends or retracts. It allows the application to move on a fixed path while maintaining two free pivot points.
This is extremely useful for applications where you need to open and close doors. The two fixed points allow the door to swing open along the hinge when the actuator extends, and the pivot offers free rotating space for the two mounting points when the angle changes as the door swings open and closed. It is important to make sure there is a clear path for the actuator to extend and that no other objects are in the way.
Another common method to mount your linear actuator is the stationary mounting method. This is a simple arrangement where the actuator is fixed in a stationary position. The stationary mounting can be applied by having a shaft mounting bracket securing the actuator to an object along the shaft. It is generally used in applications where the linear actuator is needed to push something head-on, such as triggering a button or pushing a bellow to compress or inflate. The important thing to remember is to make sure the mounting apparatus is rated to handle the load of the linear actuator. Depending on the number of mounting points, the mounting apparatus will sometimes take an entire load of your application.
We have detected your location to be from outside of the US, would you like to go to our Canadian Store?