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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Tue, Aug 07 2018 @ 8:30 AM

The easy way to get a complete electric linear motion solution

When your machine design calls for electric linear motion, you have lots of decisions to make. Like what actuator to use…and what motor. Select the right actuator and it will reward you with top performance, reliability and long service life. But an electric actuator that’s not up to the task can be a long-term problem. Then there’s motor selection and mounting.  It can be a tough and touchy process. Even if you integrate the actuator and motor yourself, our Your Motor Here® program (YMH) will take the guesswork out of selecting and integrating the motor when you use one of our actuators.

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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Tue, Jul 24 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Motor mounting for electric linear motion

The motor is the power behind an electric linear motion system. An essential component. Designers can choose from a variety of motor types – stepper, servo, induction – and a myriad of motor manufacturers. Different applications will have different motor requirements.  For those who elect to handle their own motor mounting, we’ve developed a new Technical Note on the subject. 

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jul 10 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Developing a strong industrial automation team

Panic’s in the air surrounding industrial automation employment, from engineering to production. While we don’t subscribe to the panic, we’re part of the automation universe so we face similar challenges. We design and manufacture electric and pneumatic linear actuators and motion control, so we need a wide variety of technical expertise from machinists, assemblers, technicians, quality control, engineers and more. We’re always working hard to attract and keep good people for our team.

Here’s how we’re approaching the issues of hiring and retaining great employees.  We hope our practices can help you.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jun 26 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Lots more high-force linear actuator solutions with electric

Some machine designers still believe only hydraulic cylinders can handle high-force applications.  But the fact is, electric high-force linear actuators are capable of 30,000 lbf (133 kN) maximum force and more, and they offer great affordability.

Some designers think the selection of electric high-force linear actuators is limited. But the truth is the range of electric high force actuation solutions is always expanding. With this expanding range of solutions, more existing applications can be converted to electric and new applications can gain the benefits of electric actuation.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jun 12 2018 @ 8:30 AM

How to ensure low cost linear motion

“People want to save money on their industrial automation systems,” says captain obvious.  Equally obvious is the fact that no one wants to reduce output or product quality to save a buck. So how does a machine designer accomplish this? Save money without sacrificing performance and quality?

One way to ensure affordable automation systems and, specifically, low cost linear motion, is to stop looking at purchase price only and start thinking long term. Consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the equipment.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Wed, May 30 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Keeping it clean: hygienic linear actuators for food safety

Cleanliness is serious business in food processing.  The potential for contamination by microbes, chemicals and other foreign substances is real and always present. And food residue can be hard to eliminate. Keeping processing equipment clean makes good business sense. (Nobody wants their brand associated with foodborne illness.) Plus, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) makes it part of the law of the land. Food processors rely on their equipment to withstand the rigors of the processing environment. That’s especially true for hygienic linear actuators for food safety.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, May 15 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Electric valve actuators: The best choice for process control

Process engineers have several choices when it comes to actuators for rising stem valves – manual, pneumatic, hydraulic and electric. Manual actuators satisfy simple on-off needs.  Pneumatic valve actuators are fast and low cost. Hydraulic systems can be a solution for high force applications and remote installations. For critical process control applications, though, electric valve actuators can deliver what process engineers are striving for - increased productivity, greater efficiency and less downtime.  In other words, electric actuators improve processes and save money.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, May 01 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Chilly or scorching: linear servo actuator works in all temps

Machine designers know the problems hydraulic cylinders have in cold and hot weather – sluggish response due to thicker oil on the one hand and extensive maintenance downtime on the other caused by frequent seal failure. Plus, there’s the always-present threat of a costly fluid leak. An electric linear servo actuator can solve these challenges and lower operating costs at the same time.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Apr 17 2018 @ 8:30 AM

What to consider: electric actuators for food and beverage processing

Keeping things clean is a top concern in food and beverage processing operations because food safety is crucial.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with its emphasis on preventing foodborne illness, puts even more pressure on food producers. Machine designers who serve this industry need to incorporate components that meet the industry’s demands. When it comes to electric linear actuators, there are several things a design engineer needs to consider, especially if the machine will be subjected to periodic washdowns. 

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Apr 03 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Stainless steel linear actuators stand up to corrosion, tough conditions

Machine designers who develop systems for harsh environments often need corrosion resistant components, including stainless steel linear actuators, to stand up to challenging environmental conditions. Corrosive agents, moisture and dust in manufacturing environments impact the performance and life of automationn components.  Dust and debris may enter housings causing wear. Moisture may short electrical connections.  Corrosive agents can eat away at housings, seals, fasteners and more. For confirmation that a component will stand up to environmental factors, we recommend the IP (International Protection or Ingress Protection) rating system.

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