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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Posted by Anonym on Tue, Mar 05 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Integrated servo motor simplifies sourcing electric linear motion

An OEM’s component sourcing strategy will impact the final cost of a piece of automation equipment. While it can seem best to source parts from multiple suppliers, the time and cost involved in sourcing and integrating parts can raise the total machine cost significantly. Using a single-source approach and integrated components, like an integrated servo motor and controller for an electric linear motion system, can save time and money in the long run.

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Posted by Anonym on Tue, Feb 19 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Electric high-force linear actuators keep medical manufacturing clean

Machine designers know that hydraulic cylinders offer compact size and excellent power density.  Designers also know there are serious drawbacks that make these cylinders problematic in many applications – problems such as inevitable leaks. Those leaks can be a significant hazard in manufacturing environments that demand cleanliness such as medical equipment production. It used to be that hydraulic cylinders were the only choice when a designer needed a high-force linear actuator. Now there are electric high-force linear actuators that can replace hydraulics in many applications, offering clean operation as well as better accuracy and control.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Feb 05 2019 @ 8:30 AM

How to convert high-force linear actuators from hydraulic to electric

Part 2 of 2

Things are changing in industrial automation. Many linear motion applications are getting more sophisticated with increased demand for control of process variables like velocity, thrust, acceleration/ deceleration and more.

It’s common for new applications that require high thrust from a linear actuator to use electric motion systems. Moreover, machine designers are converting existing hydraulic motion systems to electric.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Jan 22 2019 @ 8:30 AM

High force linear actuators: how to convert from hydraulic to electric

Part 1 of 2

Electric linear actuators have come a long way – especially in the area of high force.  Once upon a time when an application required high force, the usual linear motion solution was a hydraulic cylinder. However, as industrial automation gets more sophisticated and the need for precise control of speed, force and other variables grows, more engineers are considering electric high force linear actuators.

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