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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, Aug 08 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Electric high force linear actuator is tough enough to process lumber

The lumber industry has relied on the toughness and high force capabilities of hydraulic cylinders for years.  But lately that reliance has been shaken.  Hydraulic cylinders leak and can contaminate the fragile eco-systems in which lumber processing operates.  Plus, hydraulic systems are only 40-55% efficient and cylinders require frequent maintenance.  When combined, these factors can make hydraulic cylinders an expensive choice in the long run.

The introduction of electric high force linear actuators has given the lumber industry a new option for linear motion.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jun 27 2017 @ 8:30 AM

High force linear actuators – hydraulic vs electric [WEBINAR]

When your application calls for a high force linear actuator, you may believe that your only choice is a hydraulic cylinder.  Hydraulics have long been the leading choice for automation equipment needing high force. However, now there are electric high force linear actuators  that offer important advantages over hydraulics in terms of performance and total cost of ownership.  Watch this webinar, and you may want to reconsider the merits of using an electric rod actuator.

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Posted by Gary Rosengren on Tue, Jun 13 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Which is best for high force linear actuators: Ball or roller screws?

If you’re selecting an electric high force linear actuator, you may believe you know the answer to the question in the headline.  The force transmission prowess of roller screws is well known.  But before you go to the expense of a roller screw linear actuator, take a careful look at the application.  You may find that a ball screw actuator will do the job.  And that could mean significant savings.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Mar 07 2017 @ 8:33 AM

Roller screws for high force linear actuators. What type’s best?

Selecting the best screw type for a high force linear actuator can seem a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Start with our Guide on the three common screw types for electric actuators, their advantages and disadvantages. 

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Posted by igor Glikin on Tue, Feb 07 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Acme, ball and roller screws for electric linear actuators

When you’re specifying a screw-driven electric linear actuator, you’ll need to consider the type of screw that best meets the needs of your specific application. Some manufacturers give you a choice so you can tailor the device precisely, and that’s a good thing since applications differ widely.

The basic types you’ll have to choose from are roller screws, ball screws and acme screws.  There’s quite a lot a machine designer needs to know about these electric actuator screw types and how to select the right one.  We offer a guide that helps your decision-making.

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Posted by Nick Holmgard on Tue, Dec 13 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Corrosion resistant integrated linear servo actuator is high force

The electric rod actuator is an industrial workhorse, one you’ll find in a wide range of machine tool, conveying and positioning applications.  A familiar mechanism, yes. But identifying one that’s compact, corrosion resistant and can deliver high force is a tall order. A corrosion resistant integrated linear servo actuator can be the answer.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Nov 29 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Hydraulic vs high force electric linear actuators: new infographic

Choosing the best linear actuator for a task takes a thorough understanding of the application. The basics like the weight of the load, the distance the load’s to be moved, and the speed and force needed are all important factors. A machine designer may also need to consider variables like environmental conditions, data collection and reporting,  as well as flexibility/programmability requirements.

If the application calls for a high force linear actuator, the usual solution has been a hydraulic cylinder. However, high force electric linear actuators are now available  (many with roller screws) and offer distinct advantages. Our new infographic compares the performance of electric, hydraulic and servohydraulic actuators on intelligence and operational parameters.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Nov 01 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Electric high force linear actuators with roller screws rival hydraulic

When you’re specifying a high force linear actuator, your application’s requirements call the shots. It used to be that hydraulic cylinders were your only recourse when high force was needed.  Now there are electric linear actuators with roller screws that rival the high force, high thrust, high torque capabilities of hydraulics.  Plus, these electric actuators deliver high speed, great accuracy and repeatability and long life. Electric roller screw actuators are definitely an alternative to consider.

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