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 Andrew Zaske on Tue, Jul 23 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Stop Motion or High Definition?

It was a rough week for the whole team working on a new customer’s new machine design. Finally, it’s Friday night and you sit down on the couch to relax with your friends. You made some popcorn and just popped in a DVD recommended by your parents. They told you it’s a classic and might be a bit slow but it has a good story. The movie starts and after 30 seconds, your friends are giving you confused looks. The movie is very difficult to watch because it is filmed in stop motion. The images on the screen are frozen and jump from one to the next. Sometimes it is half a second between shifts and sometimes it can be several seconds. You can see the evening disintegrating and quickly move to switch out the movie to ‘The Fast and the Furious’ for some non-stop action.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jun 11 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Failure not an option? How to avoid premature linear screw actuator failure

Some components are more mission-critical than others.  A main worry of machine design engineers is making equipment that will last and avoiding need for field service calls to diagnose issues and replace failing components.  At their core, electric linear screw actuators deploy mechanical technology such as ball bearings, ball screws and roller screws that have a finite life.  These components do not last forever, even though that is the expectation of some customers.  When asked “How long will this actuator last?” we provide our customers with a way to calculate, estimate and size the electric linear screw actuator to achieve the desired life for their applications. 

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jan 08 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Advantages of rodless electromechanical actuators

Many industrial applications call for linear actuators. After gathering the data, the designer faces a crucially important choice early on – whether an electric rod actuator or rodless electromechanical actuator is best.  If a rodless actuator is the choice, there are several factors the designer considers in final selection. 

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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Tue, Nov 13 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Product modification. Get an actuator tailored to your project.

Sometimes the electric linear actuator an OEM machine designer needs is right there in the catalog.  But other times nothing standard fills the bill. When a standard product meets 90% of your application’s needs, often product modification can get you the final 10%. To get to 100%, though, an OEM needs an experienced, innovative and knowledgeable linear actuator partner.

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Posted by Daniel Schmit on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Why single-source your electric linear motion systems

The trend in industrial component sourcing is to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiency. This often means consolidating suppliers into single-source relationships. Single sourcing can build stronger relationships with suppliers, boost system performance and increase the speed of procurement.

Machine designers can use a single-source approach to reduce time spent on sourcing, installing and testing electric linear motion systems.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Apr 17 2018 @ 8:30 AM

What to consider: electric actuators for food and beverage processing

Keeping things clean is a top concern in food and beverage processing operations because food safety is crucial.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with its emphasis on preventing foodborne illness, puts even more pressure on food producers. Machine designers who serve this industry need to incorporate components that meet the industry’s demands. When it comes to electric linear actuators, there are several things a design engineer needs to consider, especially if the machine will be subjected to periodic washdowns. 

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Feb 20 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear motion. Selecting linear actuators.

Linear actuators are familiar components in many factory automation systems. They’re one of the usual suspects in any line-up of linear motion components.

There’s a lot riding on specifying the right linear actuator for the task. Choose well and it’s smooth sailing. The actuator performs without a glitch for a long time. Choose the wrong one, and it’s a bumpy ride. You can wind up with break-downs and poor product quality.

 

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jan 09 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Selection tips: rodless electromechanical & electric rod actuators

When you specify a linear actuator, some basic decisions come first. Like electric or fluid-powered?Like do you need the push/pull of an electric rod actuator or the load-carrying action of a rodless electromechanical actuator?

We’ve compiled tips for selecting these actuator types.  Here’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge of electric linear motion.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 8:30 AM

The great debate: Electric linear actuators vs. pneumatic

There’s a new debate in motion among machine designers. What’s best? Pneumatic or electric linear actuators? The truth is it depends on the application. What follows is an honest comparison of linear actuator choices – an assessment of strengths and weaknesses – so you can choose what’s best for your project.

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