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Key Considerations for Selecting a Manufacturer for your Motion Control Products

Yarina Li
Yarina Li
PA Engineer

Selecting the right manufacturer for your linear motion products is a crucial part of your design process. High-quality products are sure to give you the precision in a movement that you are looking for as well as a long-lasting application. It is more than just finding the actuator product you need; it’s about finding a company you can rely on for good quality products and help build a good relationship.

Here we will go over a few questions to ask yourself before choosing a manufacturer for your linear motion products:

1.    Do they have a variety of products to meet your needs?

You may want to find a company that gives you a variety of actuator options to choose from. It’s also important that they have all products listed on their website in stock and ready to ship out. 

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Progressive Automations carry a variety of linear actuators products. From our heavy-duty linear actuator and our micro precision actuator to our TV lifts, Table lifts, power supplies and more, there is a complete range of actuator products available in stock for your application needs.

2.    Do they provide custom options?

Sometimes you might come up with a unique idea, and you would need a special order of actuators. In this case, you would need to find a manufacturer that is able to customize the actuator for your needs!

Progressive Automations provides customization for a majority of linear actuators we carry. We provide modification on stroke length, force rating, input voltage, Hall-Effect feedback, mounting holes, and actuator dimensions. Give us a call and find the best solution for your application!

3.    Do they have positive reviews?

It is important to trust the company you want to buy from and reviews are the best way to understand the value of a company. It would be smart to research and go through reviews on Google, Amazon, eBay, and other channels to learn more about the service and quality they provide. At Progressive Automations, we have a support team of engineers who are always hands-on to give you help you with your actuator requirements. 

4.    Do they have documentation available for reference?

Before or after purchasing the product, you may need to find some information for reference. You might need instructions on how to select the right linear actuator, or you may wonder how to connect or wire linear actuators.

Progressive Automations have lots of information online available for you. We provide wiring diagram, Arduino Coding, Instructional videos, product overviews and ‘’How To’’. We also have lots of technical articles and Youtube channel available for you to take a look at.

5.    Do they provide customer support?

You may have a question you want to ask before purchasing or you may have a question about the product after purchasing. In this case, it is important to have someone there available for you. Along with our high-quality linear actuators, we also provide outstanding customer service. We have a strong Engineering team to help you find the best solution for your projects! Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-676-6123 or email us through