In this post we will be going over how to use relay boards to control the motion of linear actuators. We have 2-channel, 4-channel and 8-channel relay boards available and each one does the same thing, the only difference being how many channels are usable. We will be combining the relay boards with our LC-066 Arduino Uno to show off their control capabilities. Continue reading
Need more info on the uses and benefits of track linear motors? Read on.
Track linear actuators are perfect for devices that require fixed vertical or horizontal motion; they operate much like other actuators except their range of motion is enclosed in a track instead of projecting out into the open air. This means that they can be much stronger and more rugged than an equivalent traditional device due to how the track both creates a pre-defined path for the force, and supports the structure. They have various applications in the home, agriculture, manufacturing, they can be used in so many applications because of a wide selection based on force, speed, and stroke length.
At home, many are already using these components to mount adjustable televisions and theater screens. In the classroom, teachers use them to reposition learning boards and projector screens for a more effective use of room space. Commercially, these devices can be used to lift cars and heavy machinery, completing manual labor in the push of a button. They may be used in the food processing industry, enabling production to increase while creating a safer and more efficient work environment.
Manufacturing plants are becoming more automated and using track linear devices in their computer numerical controlled, or CNC lathes. CNC lathes are used to make everything from heavy machinery to jewelry and figurines. They're perfect in a factory setting because of their durability and precision. Not only can they make a factory worker's job easier, but in some cases, their job can be completed for them through the use of these versatile manufacturing machines.
Inventors, scientists, and building enthusiasts may also benefit from investing in track linear devices. They can complete consistent, repetitive tasks without the risk of human error. They are simple machines that can accomplish very important tasks. These devices create movement along a straight line to lift, reposition, open, or sort items of all shapes and sizes. For a carpenter, using actuators in a CNC application could mean more precise cuts of wood, less wasting of materials, and more time saved.
As industrial and manufacturing processes become more specialized, segmented, and understood, the utility of track components becomes more apparent. While vertical or horizontal only movement might seem restrictive at first the continual refinement of industrial practices means that specialized machines such as these can become fast and efficient replacements for more involved assembly processes. This progress is also trickling down to home users and hobbyists, as is proven by various track actuator driven home CNC setups for carpentry and metal working.
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