Posted by Andrew Zaske on Tue, Jun 30 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Cheese-making: Automating an ancient art for safety and efficiency

Electric linear actuators meet the challenges of cheese processing in all its forms

Electric linear motion enhances cheese processing and production.

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Posted by Andrew Zaske on Tue, Jun 16 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Linear motion for meat processing

Keeping our food supply safe: How actuators play a role

Linear actuators used in meat processing are designed for corrosion resistance, washdown protection and bacterial growth prevention. 

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Jun 02 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Motion control solutions for medical device applications

Electric actuator design for mission-critical procedures.

Solutions for medical procedures include equipment for radiation treatment, a contrast dye injection, and a specialty machine that safely performs scans on large animals.

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Posted by Mike Woelfel on Thu, May 14 2020 @ 1:00 PM

The Big Era of electromechanical linear actuators

High-force electric linear actuators can take on some of the biggest hydraulics. Here are five reasons why.

Traditionally, hydraulic power is the go-to answer for heavy lifting. Now, high-force electric actuators have overtaken hydraulics in terms of flexibility, precision and reliability.

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Posted by Andrew Zaske on Tue, Apr 28 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Automating the squeeze: Tolomatic prototype improves on hand-held emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Tolomatic seeks development partner in medical design community

Our prototypes use electric linear actuators to automate a hand-held, portable and non-invasive emergency ventilator. The advantage of screw-driven linear actuators is that they provide smooth and consistent operation--allowing the device to control the velocity, the acceleration and the distance of any move at any point in time. This controlled motion allows for a more continuous volume of air per compression cycle and a more typical breathing cycle.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Apr 21 2020 @ 8:30 AM

How to calculate electric linear actuator service life

 Every machine design engineer gets asked about the anticipated life of their machine—life that’s based on machine components including electric linear actuators. Also, expected service life is a factor engineers consider when they’re evaluating competing components.

Calculating electric linear actuator life can be straight-forward for ball screw and roller screw actuators. You use the L10 life formula for ball bearings. Here's a summary of the method.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Apr 07 2020 @ 8:30 AM

Timing belt or power screw drive: What’s best for a rodless actuator?

As a designer, you may be faced with an application in which you have to carry and support a load as well as move it.  These are ideal applications for rodless electromechanical actuators.

While determining which rodless actuator model will suit your needs, you'll also need to select the type of drive: belt or screw. This blog will briefly explain these drive systems and summarize their advantages and disadvantages

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Mar 10 2020 @ 8:30 AM

High-force linear actuator makes muscle car simulation possible

Tolomatic linear actuators are used worldwide in a myriad of industries for automation tasks like conveying, sorting, filling and more.  Beyond conventional industrial applications they are also used in demanding, non-industrial applications.  Some of these, such as simulators for flight, driving, testing and entertainment, require high-frequency moves to create a realistic experience. Here’s one such story, in which our electric high-force linear actuators helped simulate the experience of popping a wheelie in a true muscle car.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Feb 25 2020 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear motion vs. pneumatic. 8 things every designer should know about selection

There’s a debate in the machine design community about what’s the best linear motion technology—electric or pneumatic. There are proponents on both sides.  As a manufacturer of both electric and pneumatic linear actuators, we’d like to bring some balance to the discussion.

Electric linear motion has benefits as do pneumatic solutions. This blog will give you eight factors to consider when you’re making this important selection

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Posted by Andrew Zaske on Wed, Feb 12 2020 @ 8:30 AM

High-force linear actuators. Roller screws vs. ball screws

Not too long ago the only solution for high-thrust linear motion was fluid-powered cylinders that used high-pressure air or hydraulic oil. Although these cylinders could provide the force required, they could not deliver on requirements for infinite positioning, speed control, and low maintenance.

Now there are electric rod actuators that deliver high forces and excel at the other criteria as well. Often these electric high-force linear actuators utilize ball or roller screws. However, it’s a challenge to choose the right screw technology for a high-force application.

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