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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Sep 29 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuators deliver precise positioning for aerospace welding

Precision is integral to the aerospace and defense industries. Even a seemingly insignificant element of a device may be mission-critical, requiring the tightest manufacturing tolerances. That’s why when a rocket manufacturer contacted us about electric linear actuators that could hold their fuselage components in place for welding, we knew precise positioning would be a requirement.

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Posted by Gary Rosengren on Tue, Sep 15 2015 @ 8:30 AM

[INFOGRAPHIC] Accuracy and repeatability in linear actuators

Machine builders frequently ask us, “How accurate is this actuator?” The answer is more than a number found in the product’s specifications. The real-world answer is much more complex.

In the real world of manufacturing, a greater degree of accuracy can come with a higher price tag. Sometimes you just need repeatability in your application, and that can be less costly. We urge you to thoroughly study the requirements and parameters of each application before selecting an actuator. Understanding the specific needs of each application will help you avoid excess costs and design a system with the best overall value.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Aug 18 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuator sizing software makes selection easier

Selecting the right electric linear actuator for the task doesn’t have to be complicated. Our sizing software gets you to the right fit faster. The process begins when you enter your project parameters in our web interface at sizeit.tolomatic.com.The software asks the right questions and walks you through the specifying process step by step so you get the electric rod actuator or rodless electromechanical actuator that suits your application.

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Posted by Gary Rosengren on Tue, Aug 04 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuator selection tips: Consider the environment

When you’re faced with electric linear actuator selection, one of the early considerations has to be the industrial environment in which it will operate. Will there be dust? How much dust and what kind? Will there be moisture? Direct spray? High temperatures and pressures? Corrosive substances?

These factors affect the performance of an electric linear actuator and may point to the best type for an application.

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Posted by Gary Rosengren on Tue, Jul 21 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Better welds with electric linear actuators for resistance welding robots

U.S. and European car manufacturers have long been convinced of the benefits of automation in their production facilities. Spot welding robots are common in their body production lines.

Automation and robotics offer advantages in cost savings and quality, but plants in India, China, and Southeast Asia have been slow to get on the bandwagon. Perhaps some plant managers see these production processes as too expensive or difficult to implement. Whatever the reason, that situation may be changing according to a Frost & Sullivan study described in an article on The Fabricator.com

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jun 16 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Compact, integrated linear actuator helps the show go on

Ever have an application where you had space for a pneumatic cylinder but needed the precision, programmability, and low maintenance of an electric linear actuator? You needed a compact, precise, reliable linear actuator. Does such a product exist? Of course it does! Here's a case study about an application where an integrated actuator solved this problem.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Wed, May 27 2015 @ 8:30 AM

About the pneumatic linear actuator

Who doesn’t love a classic? There are classic clothes - like t-shirts and pull-over sweaters. Classic building designs - like Greek Revival and Victorian. Even classic cars. Whether it’s a building, a car or a pair of jeans, there’s nothing like the time-tested design and reliability of a classic.

When it comes to industrial automation, the pneumatic linear actuator or pneumatic air cylinder is a leading example of time-tested reliability. Since 1955, we've been developing and manufacturing these dependable workhorses for industry

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Posted by Patrick Hobart on Tue, May 05 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electrical noise and linear actuators

Electrical noise is a common occurrence. Random fluctuations in electrical signals are known as noise, and if the amplitude of the fluctuations becomes high enough, the noise can interfere dramatically with the operation of industrial automation devices like linear actuators.  The results can be anything from erratic movements to complete system failure.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Thu, Apr 23 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Linear actuator reduces energy use in food & beverage processing

Once upon a time, managers of food and beverage processing plants considered energy costs to be a basic cost of doing business – something out of their control. But several factors have changed that attitude. Among them are rising energy prices, a challenging economy and an emphasis on reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities.

Processors now see energy use as a cost that can and should be strategically managed. Companies are trying to optimize their energy budgets – increasing their plants’ energy efficiency, reducing use and looking for lower cost, cleaner energy sources. They're also looking at the energy use of all machinery and automation components like linear actuators.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Apr 07 2015 @ 8:30 AM

What you need to know about electric linear actuators

Electric or pneumatic? That is the question. Or at least it’s a crucial question that control systems and machine design engineers ask early in the process of specifying a linear actuator. A pneumatic cylinder may be the best solution -- easy-to-understand, lower cost -- but then again an electric linear actuator can offer distinct advantages. It really depends on the application.

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