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. 

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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.

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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. 

 

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Posted by Andrew Zaske on Tue, Aug 11 2020 @ 9:30 AM

How electric actuators keep tire manufacturing up to speed

Electric solutions can replace fluid power throughout the multi-step process

Motion control systems throughout the tire-manufacturing process meet specific requirements for increased quality, faster assembly, improved reliability or flexibility to adjust sizes and changeovers. Many systems are currently driven by pneumatic or hydraulic motion control systems.  Manufacturers are increasingly opting for electric systems that are cleaner, faster and more efficient.

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Posted by Brian Sondergeld on Tue, Jul 28 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Making the case: Why convert a tube-bending machine from hydraulic to electric

Whether you're making car parts or air-conditioning pipes, there may be a better way

Tube-bending machines have been driven by hydraulics for the past 80 years. Operators know how to get the best out of their machines, so why switch to electric cylinders? Yes, there are some disadvantages to going electric, but the fundamental reason to consider making the switch is simple: Electric cylinders make better parts. And that saves money. We'll discuss reasons to consider making the switch and take a look at two examples using electric-weld tubing and fluid-transfer tubing. 

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Posted by Mike Woelfel on Tue, Jul 14 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Demystifying electronic camming

Converting mechanical cams to electronic cams with electric actuators can significantly improve automation machinery flexibility.

Electronic cams may at first appear challenging, but electric actuators and motion controllers make them surprisingly easy to configure. Here’s how to approach electronic camming with confidence.

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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 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 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 Diane Cedarberg on Tue, Aug 13 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Innovate with linear motion: Online resource for integrating electric actuators into machine designs

For every application a machine designer tackles, they have to consider a unique set of requirements. Evaluating a variety of linear motion attributes is key to determining the optimal solution.

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