Posted by Andrew Zaske on Tue, Jul 06 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Extend your reach

Linear actuators are the long arm for collaborative robots and autonomous guided vehicles

Actuators create the motion for collaborative robots and autonomous guided vehicles, whether it’s extending the reach of a robotic arm or steering a 40-foot shipping container. 

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Wed, Jun 02 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Go electric!

Plug in to electromechanical actuators for new—and better—performance

So maybe you missed Bob Dylan’s infamous switch to electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. These days, you, too, can go electric—with an electromechanical system instead of hydraulic. Our new e-book helps you overcome pre-conceived notions and provides tips for a successful performance.  

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Posted by Matt Gulleen on Tue, May 04 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Machine builders: Have it your way

Modified and custom actuators are another tool in your actuator design toolbox.

It’s usually straightforward to tweak a feature on a catalog product into something we call a modified standard product. Sometimes, you may need a highly customized solution for a specific application. That means starting with a blank sheet of paper. It all depends on your application and how the actuator is used in it. 

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Posted by Andrew Zaske on Tue, Apr 06 2021 @ 9:16 AM

Pneumatic rodless cylinders: Point-to-point motion control

Rodless cylinder technology is the basis of the subsequent generation of rodless pneumatic and today’s electric actuators

Rodless cylinder technology has evolved from the first band cylinder, introduced in 1955, to today's high-performance rodless electric actuators.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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