Posted by Ryan Klemetson on March 2, 2021

How accurate is an actuator?

Accuracy and repeatability are two separate but related concepts of a linear motion system. The motor, drive and electric actuator itself all influence accuracy and repeatability. It’s quite possible you may need repeatability more than accuracy.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on February 2, 2021

Fast and flexible: How to design a mask-making machine

Manufacturer rapidly invents a new way to make face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Electric actuators assist with linear motion technology. 

Posted by Andrew Zaske on December 15, 2020

The best things come in sturdy packages

Automatic packaging machines must efficiently and consistently form and assemble boxes of all shapes and sizes. Pneumatic cylinders have been a long-standing and economcial solution for box-forming machines. However, electric linear actuators provide controlled movement and reliability advantages while meeting the same motion and force requirements.

Posted by Ryan Klemetson on December 1, 2020

Traditional or integrated actuator? 10 factors to consider

Two common styles of electric rod actuators offer performance advantages depending on application and requirements. Knowing how to assess the differences and what to compare helps you meet your spec requirement.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on November 19, 2020

Easy as pie

Five best practices for designing and installing electric actuators in food processing equipment help create open/clean-in-place designs.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on November 3, 2020

Actuator know-how for machine design engineers, Part 2

Machine designers face a variety of options when selecting linear actuators. It all comes down the best fit for the application: what solution provides the best results at a cost– effective price.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on October 22, 2020

Haunted house animatronics: Expect the unexpected…(cue the evil laugh)

What makes scary creatures scary? It’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s motion control.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on October 8, 2020

Specifying actuators 101: Actuator know-how for machine design engineers, Part 1

Learn key tips to simply actuator selection, starting with the initial decision of whether to specify an electric rod actuator or a rodless electromechanical actuator. It's all covered in our eBook, a ready-reference for your next maachine design project. 

Posted by Andrew Zaske on September 20, 2020

Motion control keeps material handling systems moving

In these stay-at-home days, online shoppers increase the need for accurate, fast and efficient material handling systems, from processing paper products to packaging, conveying and shipping. Electric actuation is bringing many benefits to applications that have typically been pneumatic.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on September 10, 2020

Linear actuators for gantry and multi-axis systems

Gantry and multi-axis systems are used throughout manufacturing to lift, position and move loads. Actuators and components are used to build two-dimensional designs with a simple XY axis, or three-dimensional designs with XYZ axis.