Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Mar 02 2021 @ 9:30 AM

How accurate is an actuator?

Do you want to hit the bulls-eye, or the same spot over and over?

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 Tue, Feb 02 2021 @ 9:30 AM

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

Responding to the need for PPE for medical personnel

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 Tue, Dec 15 2020 @ 9:30 AM

The best things come in sturdy packages

A wrap-up of how linear actuators are used to make boxes.

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 Tue, Dec 01 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Traditional or integrated actuator? 10 factors to consider

Take the guesswork out of choosing between two electric actuator technologies

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 Thu, Nov 19 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Easy as pie

Hygienically designed electric actuators are on the menu for food safety and more efficient production

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 Tue, Nov 03 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Actuator know-how for machine design engineers, Part 2

How to calculate for actuator life, whether to select a servo or stepper motor, and how to match a motor to an actuator.

Posted by Andrew Zaske on Thu, Oct 22 2020 @ 9:30 AM

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

Alligators, monsters and aliens, oh my. Scary creatures lunge, loom and swoop, animated by fast-moving cable cylinders.

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

Posted by Andrew Zaske on Thu, Oct 08 2020 @ 11:00 AM

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

When you need to specify an electric linear actuator, begin by answering a few simple questions...

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 Sun, Sep 20 2020 @ 2:31 PM

Motion control keeps material handling systems moving

Electric actuators bring infinite positioning, control—and a soft touch—to material handling systems, which are busier than ever due to shoppers' preferences for ordering online.

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 Thu, Sep 10 2020 @ 1:00 PM

Linear actuators for gantry and multi-axis systems

XY and XYZ systems maximize flexibility, speed, efficiency and throughput. 

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.