Posted by Anonym on Tue, May 03 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Webinar: tips on electric rod actuator selection

When you’re called on to specify electric linear actuators, one of the critical decisions you’ll face is whether to use a rodless or rod-style model. Either actuator type has advantages and disadvantages.

In general, if the actuator has to carry a load, a rodless product is what you need.  However, if a load needs to be pushed or pulled, select a rod-style actuator. 

Posted by Anonym on Tue, Apr 05 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Linear actuators help prevent food contamination

How FSMA affects linear actuator selection

Until recently, the food processing industry has handled contamination reactively. If a foodborne illness was traced back to contamination at a manufacturing plant, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had the manufacturer fix the problem.

The flaw in this system, though, was that most of these illnesses were preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. That makes food contamination a major public health issue.

The federal government stepped in to change the way the FDA and food producers operate with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – signed into law in January 2011. This important legislation shifts the focus to preventing contamination problems instead of just responding to them.  FSMA affects all automation components used in the industry, including linear actuators.

Posted by Anonym on Tue, Feb 23 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Rodless electromechanical linear actuator selection: A webinar

Rodless or rod-style linear actuator? It’s a basic and critical decision point for any machine designer. Consider the specifics of your application. Either actuator type has advantages and disadvantages. In general, if a load needs to be pushed or pulled, select an electric rod actuator. However, if you need an actuator to carry a load, a rodless product is what you need. Want to reduce the complexity of a linear motion system? A rodless electromechanical linear actuator can eliminate the need for load-bearing and guiding elements. Also, a rodless actuator can reduce the footprint of a system since its stroke lies completely within its body.

Posted by Anonym 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.

Posted by Anonym 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.

Posted by Anonym 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.

Posted by Anonym on Tue, Sep 01 2015 @ 8:30 AM

3 steps to simpler linear actuator selection with new website

Visit and you’ll see something new. Our site’s been redesigned with a fresh, contemporary look. But even more exciting is that we’ve reorganized the site with simpler linear actuator selection, specification, and ordering in mind. In fact, on our new website, it takes three clicks or less to get the information you want.

Posted by Anonym 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 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.

Posted by Anonym 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.

Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Mar 24 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Brushless servo motors – more control for valves with linear actuators

Process industry engineers are looking to more sophisticated motion control solutions for valve automation because of an ever-growing need to improve productivity, increase efficiency, and minimize downtime.

These engineers must control the valves that regulate the flow of materials throughout a facility, and there are two basic ways to control these valves: linear motion (rising stem) and rotary motion (half turn or quarter turn). Powered rising stem valves are often used in mission-critical areas of a process. In these applications, reliability, repeatability, accuracy, and responsiveness are crucially important. These factors impact the type of valve actuation specified. There are traditional methods: pneumatic or hydraulic actuated systems and electric linear actuators driven by brush servo motors. Then there’s an emerging technology: brushless servo motor driven electric valve actuators.