At Progressive Automations, our team of experienced engineers is hands-on to address all our customers' needs, concerns, and questions. We take pride in not just the quality of our linear motion products but also in the quality service we strive to provide.
In order to ease your ordering process with us and to provide you with more clarity on choosing the right product for your application, we have listed below a few commonly asked questions.
The stroke size is the difference between the fully retracted and fully extended lengths of the actuators. All the actuators we carry have datasheets that illustrate hole-to-hole measurements of the unit when fully retracted/extended.
There is a trade-off when choosing an actuator with a larger force rating – this would be a slower speed.
Yes, the duty cycle is important. This reflects how long an actuator can be ON compared to how long it should be OFF. Here is an in-depth article that explains what duty cycle is: Understanding Duty Cycle
If you require an actuator with 100% duty cycle, the PA-14 Mini Linear Actuator or PA-14P Feedback Linear Actuator is available to be customized to have a brushless DC motor. With this type of motor, you can use the LC-241 for the ability to control the actuator continuously.
The control box you can use depends on the actuator itself. For example, if you were to use the PA-04 actuator, you would need a control box that is rated for at least 12 A of current, such as the PA-31 control box.
Yes, you can. Although, you would require the use of relays. This article may help you understand how the system should work: Controlling High Current Actuators with a Low Current Control Box
Of course, you can. Most actuators have labels that indicate the specifications needed for your application. If you let us know the voltage rating, force rating and stroke length needed, we will be able to give a recommendation for a replacement actuator.
We always recommend purchasing an actuator with a higher force rating than what the application requires. Here is an article that may help you calculate force: Find the Right Actuator for your Application
You would need some sort of feedback, such as a potentiometer or hall effect sensor to achieve synchronous motion control. Here is an article that shows different ways of controlling your actuators at the same time: Controlling Multiple Linear Actuators at the Same Time.
We hope the above information gives you a better understanding of using linear actuators with your application. If you have any additional questions on shipping, delivery and payment process you may also refer to our FAQ page.