Posted by Daniel Schmit on Tue, Mar 05 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Integrated servo motor simplifies sourcing electric linear motion

An OEM’s component sourcing strategy will impact the final cost of a piece of automation equipment. While it can seem best to source parts from multiple suppliers, the time and cost involved in sourcing and integrating parts can raise the total machine cost significantly. Using a single-source approach and integrated components, like an integrated servo motor and controller for an electric linear motion system, can save time and money in the long run.

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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Tue, Feb 19 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Electric high-force linear actuators keep medical manufacturing clean

Machine designers know that hydraulic cylinders offer compact size and excellent power density.  Designers also know there are serious drawbacks that make these cylinders problematic in many applications – problems such as inevitable leaks. Those leaks can be a significant hazard in manufacturing environments that demand cleanliness such as medical equipment production. It used to be that hydraulic cylinders were the only choice when a designer needed a high-force linear actuator. Now there are electric high-force linear actuators that can replace hydraulics in many applications, offering clean operation as well as better accuracy and control.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Feb 05 2019 @ 8:30 AM

How to convert high-force linear actuators from hydraulic to electric

Part 2 of 2

Things are changing in industrial automation. Many linear motion applications are getting more sophisticated with increased demand for control of process variables like velocity, thrust, acceleration/ deceleration and more.

It’s common for new applications that require high thrust from a linear actuator to use electric motion systems. Moreover, machine designers are converting existing hydraulic motion systems to electric.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Jan 22 2019 @ 8:30 AM

High force linear actuators: how to convert from hydraulic to electric

Part 1 of 2

Electric linear actuators have come a long way – especially in the area of high force.  Once upon a time when an application required high force, the usual linear motion solution was a hydraulic cylinder. However, as industrial automation gets more sophisticated and the need for precise control of speed, force and other variables grows, more engineers are considering electric high force linear actuators.

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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Tue, Oct 02 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Integrated servo motor and controller ensures actuator precision, versatility

Powder-filling applications require precision and versatility.  Precision to fill containers to the exact weight or volume.  Versatility to accommodate changes.

Machine designers depend on electric linear actuators to deliver precision and versatility. And they’re finding that an integrated servo motor and controller coupled with a reliable electric actuator can do just that.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Sep 18 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Electric cylinder helps advance physical therapy

You may think linear actuators are strictly industrial components.  Time to think again.  We provide electric linear actuators for an innovative piece of medical equipment – the VibeTech Rehabilitation Chair used in physical therapy.

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Posted by Patrick Hobart on Tue, Mar 20 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Hush! Minimizing noise in electric linear motion systems

Under most circumstances electric linear motion systems are quiet.  They certainly don’t create the hissing and bang-bang noises associated with pneumatic systems. However, there’s another type of noise that comes with electric systems of all types – electrical noise or interference.

This is a common occurrence caused by random fluctuations in electrical signals. If the amplitude gets high enough, electrical noise can disrupt the operation of devices like electric linear actuators.  The results can be anything from erratic movements to complete system failure.

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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 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 Nick Holmgard on Tue, Jul 11 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Electric cylinders essential to advanced conveyor system [Case Study]

Conveying systems are common in manufacturing. They can be straight-forward systems that take packages from point A to point B or complex ones for sorting and diverting.  Systems used in food processing also must handle washdowns, a common practice in the industry.

As critical components, linear actuators must withstand the challenges of the application including environmental ones.  Pneumatic cylinders have been used extensively in conveying. However, electric cylinder use is growing, fueled by demand for programmability and better accuracy.

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