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 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, 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 Ryan Klemetson on Wed, Jan 15 2020 @ 8:30 AM

What's best? Integrated linear actuators or traditional.

When you’re faced with designing a new piece of automation equipment, you have a lot on your mind. Concerns like performance requirements. How to design flexibility into the machine. How to keep costs down.  How to pack the performance needed into a compact package.

You can rely to electric linear actuators to address these issues. They have inherent flexibility and long-term cost-efficiency. Once you choose electric linear motion, you can select either an integrated linear actuator or a traditional design.  Both options have pluses and minuses that we’ll review here.

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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 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 Anonym 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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