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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 8:30 AM

The great debate: Electric linear actuators vs. pneumatic

There’s a new debate in motion among machine designers. What’s best? Pneumatic or electric linear actuators? The truth is it depends on the application. What follows is an honest comparison of linear actuator choices – an assessment of strengths and weaknesses – so you can choose what’s best for your project.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Nov 28 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Extreme force electric linear actuator controls lumber drying

The lumber processing industry demands rugged, strong, reliable and accurate equipment in all its operations. Machine designers who serve this industry need extreme force linear actuators to move heavy loads.  Hydraulic cylinders have been the go-to, but they have limitations, such as poor control, leaks, temperature sensitivity, maintenance requirements and lack of feedback. Now there are electric rod actuators powered by roller screws that can meet the requirements of these high force applications.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Nov 14 2017 @ 8:30 AM

High force linear actuators: How to convert from hydraulics to electric

For high force linear actuator applications, machine designers often first look to hydraulic cylinders. For good reason, too – hydraulic cylinders can be a bargain to purchase, delivering high force at a low cost per unit of force.  Plus, they’re rugged and well understood. But there’s another technology to consider. Electric linear actuators are available with high force capacities.  These actuators are more flexible, precise and reliable than their hydraulic counterparts.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Oct 31 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Electric high speed linear actuator reduces conveyor’s TCO

Higher production speeds usually translate into higher output volumes – a good thing in manufacturing. At least it’s good if product quality stays high and operating costs remain in line.  Machine designers are on the look-out for high speed linear actuators and other devices that can streamline processes.  But those high-speed solutions need to be reasonably priced and efficient to use.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Oct 17 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Test your motion control smarts. Take the electric linear actuator quiz.

Linear actuators are common and critical elements in many industrial machines and automation systems.  With so many choices on the market, it’s important to know how to select the best one for your application.

You probably know a lot about linear actuators.  But do you know everything? Our electric linear actuator quiz will test your engineering smarts.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Oct 03 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Electric rod actuators add accuracy and repeatability to PCB manufacturing

Some manufacturing processes require high precision -- printed circuit boards (PCB) production, for example.  In these instances, the capabilities of each component in a production system are critical. Although machine designers know pneumatic cylinders well, these cylinders struggle to deliver the accuracy and repeatability demanded by high precision processes. Many design engineers now turn to electric rod actuators for accuracy and repeatability and for better operating efficiency.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Sep 19 2017 @ 8:30 AM

10 tips for specifying electric rod actuators: Part 2

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In many applications electric rod actuators are a great solution.  Compared to pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders, electric linear actuators offer more control over application parameters like position, velocity, and force. They deliver high degrees of accuracy and repeatability and can handle complex motion profiles.  All things considered, an electric rod actuator is often the superior actuation choice.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Sep 12 2017 @ 8:30 AM

10 tips for specifying electric rod actuators: Part 1

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There are lots of good reasons for specifying an electric rod actuator. Electric linear actuators offer a high degree of control over application parameters like position, velocity, and force. They deliver high degrees of accuracy and repeatability and can handle complex motion profiles.  All things considered, an electric rod actuator is often a superior actuation choice compared to pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Wed, Sep 06 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Supporting STEM education

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (together known as STEM) impart valuable life skills.  STEM subjects teach students how to gather and evaluate evidence, make sense of information, and use new insights and knowledge to find solutions to complex problems.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Aug 22 2017 @ 8:30 AM

How to select electric linear actuators that stand the test of time

The length of time a linear actuator will function (i.e., service life) is critically important to a machine designer. Machines need to keep working reliably with little or no need for lengthy maintenance that will take a machine off-line . So, components like actuators must keep working.

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