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 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 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 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 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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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, Jul 09 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Avoid the pitfalls, gain all the benefits of replacing hydraulics with electric actuators

Electric actuators continue to find new and exciting places within automation processes from the mundane to some of the most extreme operating environments on the planet. Everyday machine designers seek alternative electric solutions to hydraulic cylinders for the very first time.  However, there are many common pitfalls to properly sizing an electric equivalent.  When sized correctly, replacement with high-force electric linear actuators can provide tremendous benefit in processes, quality and reducing your total cost of ownership.

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Posted by Ryan Klemetson on Tue, May 28 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Overcoming hydraulic headaches by converting to electric linear motion solutions

Just 20 years ago, users of hydraulic systems struggled to find alternative technologies that could achieve the high force capabilities of hydraulic cylinders.  Since then, motion control and automation technologies have rapidly evolved and electric linear actuator technology has emerged with capability to achieve the high forces (up to 100,000 lbf/445 kN) that were once the sole dominion of hydraulics.  Even with these advancements, many manufacturers are either unaware -- or still in the process of discovering -- that viable electric options exist to address many of the challenges they face with hydraulic systems in high force applications.

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Posted by Anonym on Tue, May 14 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Electric high-force linear actuators improve powertrain assembly process and part quality

In automotive and heavy equipment industries machine designers and engineers know part quality and reliability are critical. That is why they often evaluate multiple linear motion technologies (hydraulics, pneumatic, electric) to determine the optimal solution for their component assembly or joining processes. It is imperative for their machines to produce quality parts that stand up to even the most demanding environments in harsh powertrain applications. Luckily, electric linear actuators offer engineers a solution for improving machine flexibility, precision, and reliability where legacy fluid power technologies (pneumatic and hydraulics) often fall short.

For an overview of how electric high-force linear actuators compare to hydraulic cylinders, see our white paper, Electric rod actuators versus hydraulic cylinders: a comparison of the pros and cons of each technology.

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

Why convert hydraulics to electric high-force linear actuators

Got a high-force linear motion application? If you do, chances are the first product solution to come to mind is hydraulic cylinders. After all, they’re relatively inexpensive (if you already have a hydraulic power unit – HPU – in place), compact (if the HPU’s somewhere else) and power-dense.

But what about the disadvantages of hydraulic cylinders? Leaks, operation and maintenance costs, and more? Now that there are electric high-force linear actuators, machine designers have a choice. It’s possible to convert an application from hydraulic to electric linear motion easily. Our guide, How to convert hydraulic cylinders to an electric actuator alternative, gives you a step-by-step explanation of the process.

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