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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jan 12 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Linear actuator article round-up

Linear actuators are important pieces of industrial automation equipment. Without them parts wouldn’t move into place for the next production step, finished goods wouldn’t get to the right palate, and tools might not reach the spot they need to be in to do their work.

A lot rides on these automation components, so engineers need to know as much about them as they can. At Tolomatic linear motion is our core expertise.  We watch what’s written in key trade publications. Here’s a round-up of recent articles that will help you learn more about linear motion.

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Posted by Nick Holmgard on Tue, Dec 15 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Integrated linear actuator increases manufacturing efficiency

Production cost and efficiency are important considerations in all manufacturing, but these factors take on critical status in some segments. Small-engine production is one of these.  Using the right linear actuator can boost efficiency and reduce cost.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Dec 01 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric cylinders lower cost of conveying equipment

Conveying equipment manufacturers know that fast and efficient systems are critical to manufacturing success. Conveying system buyers are demanding better positioning accuracy, energy efficiency, and lower cost of ownership to ensure their ongoing success. Plus, some are eliminating compressed air systems and asking for electric linear actuators, including electric cylinders, instead of pneumatic solutions. Since they often produce several product models in the same plant, buyers need actuators that are easily programmable to several positioning set-ups.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Nov 17 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuators versus pneumatic: Total cost of ownership

Saving money is on everyone’s mind these days, especially when it comes to industrial automation. Automation is recognized as an important way to boost quality and productivity; however, the cost of adding automated systems can be daunting.

To keep costs in line, machine designers are often tasked with finding money-saving solutions. This doesn’t mean using the cheapest components, though. If a component has a low purchase price but is expensive to operate and maintain, it’s not a bargain. Smart engineers look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) of components they’re considering, including linear actuators.

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Posted by Gary Rosengren on Tue, Nov 03 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Servo welding actuators improve weld quality, reduce costs

Reducing manufacturing costs and improving product quality are driving forces in automotive manufacturing. Automation plays a key role in achieving these goals, and robots, especially welding robots, are an important part of the automation picture.

Resistance spot welding is used extensively in auto frame and body construction, and robotic welding lines are familiar sights in many plants. This type of welding requires speed, exact placement of welds, and precise pressure on weld tips. Most resistance spot welding robots rely on servo welding actuators to control cycle timing and pressure on weld tips.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Oct 27 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Hygienic, IP69K electric rod actuator meets food processing needs

Food processing is a tough environment for most automation equipment. There may be washdowns with high-pressure, high-temperature water. Caustic cleaning agents might be used. There also may be strict food safety standards to adhere to, like the USDA’s regulations for the meat, poultry and dairy industries. As automation components, all linear actuators, like electric rod actuators, need to stand up to the rigors of the food processing environment.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Oct 13 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuators and motors. Getting the right fit.

An electric linear actuator can outperform a pneumatic model with superior control of speed, position, and force as well as provide better accuracy and repeatability. But that superior performance comes with complexity. Pneumatic cylinders commonly are simple, easy-to-understand components, while electric linear actuators are systems comprised of a motor, controller, cables, and actuator. Plus attaching a motor to an actuator usually requires some kind of adaptor or housing.

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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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