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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Why single-source your electric linear motion systems

The trend in industrial component sourcing is to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiency. This often means consolidating suppliers into single-source relationships. Single sourcing can build stronger relationships with suppliers, boost system performance and increase the speed of procurement.

Machine designers can use a single-source approach to reduce time spent on sourcing, installing and testing electric linear motion systems.

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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, Feb 20 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear motion. Selecting linear actuators.

Linear actuators are familiar components in many factory automation systems. They’re one of the usual suspects in any line-up of linear motion components.

There’s a lot riding on specifying the right linear actuator for the task. Choose well and it’s smooth sailing. The actuator performs without a glitch for a long time. Choose the wrong one, and it’s a bumpy ride. You can wind up with break-downs and poor product quality.

 

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jan 09 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Selection tips: rodless electromechanical & electric rod actuators

When you specify a linear actuator, some basic decisions come first. Like electric or fluid-powered?Like do you need the push/pull of an electric rod actuator or the load-carrying action of a rodless electromechanical actuator?

We’ve compiled tips for selecting these actuator types.  Here’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge of electric linear motion.

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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, 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, 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 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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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Apr 18 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Go long! Selecting a long stroke electric linear actuator

Some linear actuator application requirements mean you have to go long. Long stroke, that is. Length of stroke is a critical factor in electric linear actuator selection. While some applications require moves of just inches or a few feet, others require moves of 10 feet or more. For an application requiring this kind of long stroke linear actuator, a belt driven rodless electromechanical actuator will be your solution.

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