4 Different Types Of Linear Actuators

4 Different Types Of Linear Actuators

Linear actuators are much more common than many people realize. In fact, many motion-enabled products these days contain linear actuators. From consumer products to robotics, automotive and aviation, we’re surrounded by actuators all the time.
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Actuonix Motion Devices 2018 FIRST Robotics Sponsorship Program Winners

Actuonix Motion Devices is proud to announce the winners of our 2018 FIRST Robotics Sponsorship Program. Dozens of teams from across North America entered to win one of five product or financial awards.
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IOT WIFI CONTROL - NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!

Internet of things or IOT has finally hit the mainstream.  While home automation is still fragmented into many different standards and systems, Google and Amazon have brought simple and inexpensive WiFi home automation speakers to market, and services like IFTTT.com and Samsung Smartthings are making interfacing between standards much simpler.  So the question is, how do we make our projects move?
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How To Use An External Limit Switch Kit With A Linear Actuator

How To Use An External Limit Switch Kit With A Linear Actuator

Linear actuators come in many different stroke lengths to suit a variety of needs. That said, you may find yourself needing to customize your linear actuator by reducing the stroke. Usually, the simplest and fastest way to achieve this is by installing a linear actuator limit switch kit.
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High Speed Linear Actuators

High Speed Linear Actuators

Looking for a high speed miniature linear actuator for your next project or product? Look no further than our P16 and T16 lines. These devices are commonly used in applications that require a balance of speed and force.
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How To Control A Linear Servo Using A DMX Stage Lighting and Special Effects System

How To Control A Linear Servo Using A DMX Stage Lighting and Special Effects System

There are dozens of different ways to drive servos and linear servos. We semi-regularly hear about systems that we're not familiar with. Recently, we had a customer inquire about whether or not our linear servos work with a DMX Stage Lighting system. We'd never been asked that before, so we did some research.
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How To Control A Linear Servo With Your Phone Via Bluetooth

How To Control A Linear Servo With Your Phone Via Bluetooth

We use our phones for much of what we do these days, but did you know that you can control a linear servo with your cell phone? There are dozens of different ways to control linear actuators. From simple switches to more complex PLCs, RC control and arduino - no matter what you're trying to build, there's a control type to suit your needs.
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Electric vs. Pneumatic Actuators

Electric vs. Pneumatic Actuators

When it comes to designing a motion-enabled machine, engineers often have to decide between different types of actuators. Two of the most common actuators available are Electric and Pneumatic.
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How To Change An Actuator Rod End-Tip

No matter how much we expand our product offering, it's impossible to have the exact solution for every single application. Every now and then our customers contact us asking about ways that they can modify their device to better suit their needs.
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How To Use Relays To Control Linear Actuators

How To Use Relays To Control Linear Actuators

In this post I'm going to go over how to use a relay to control the motion of a linear actuator. I'll cover not only how to use a relay to control your actuator, but also some situations where you might want to. We offer a simple relay kit in our store that is designed to work with electric micro linear actuators.
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Feedback Actuators

We understand that it can be a little complicated to distinguish between actuators. There are position feedback actuators, limit switched actuators, internally controlled actuators, RC actuators, and that's just the micro stuff. When you move into larger actuators there's a whole different host of options and styles for you to choose from.
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How To Use A Linear Actuator Control Board With Arduino

How To Use A Linear Actuator Control Board With Arduino

Over the past few years, our support department has been receiving more and more questions about how to use a linear actuator with Arduino. We have never officially offered Arduino support. We have a couple of resources on our website and we've directed many people to Robot Geek and a couple of other Arduino pros.
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Opening And Closing Windows With Linear Actuators

It's becoming a fairly popular project to automate household windows. Using linear actuators is the most cost-effective and simple way to achieve this.
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2017 FRC Team Sponsorship Winners

The time has come to announce the winners of our 2017 FRC team sponsorships! In early 2017, we started looking for new ways to actively support young engineers and robotics enthusiasts. This lead to the creation of two brand new programs - our Scholarship Program and Our FRC Sponsorship Program.
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Using Linear Actuators For Realistic Animatronics

Building animatronic displays was once solely the domain of professionals in movies and television. These day, there are hobbyists and professionals all over the world working with animatronics. Motion-enabled elements can be found in Halloween and Christmas displays, museums, and of course, just for fun. It's an art that has come a long way in the last couple of decades.
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Rod vs Rodless Actuators

Rod and Track (rodless) actuators ultimately perform the same function - they move loads back and forth. Depending on your application however, there can be significant advantages to either rod or track actuators in your design.
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Linear Actuators and IP Ratings

Linear Actuators and IP Ratings

When selecting a linear actuator for a project, there are many different things to consider. Stroke, speed, physical dimensions and force requirements are the most common, but there are other things that you may need to account for when choosing an actuator to include in your design.
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2017 Engineering Scholarship Winners

Earlier this year, we launched a scholarship program for engineering students. Our aim was to give back to the engineering community by supporting talented young engineers who had trouble meeting their financial needs for school.
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How To Prevent Actuator Side Load Failure

Let's talk about side loads (also called overhung loads) for a minute. A side load is any load that is exerted perpendicular to the direction of a linear actuator's travel.
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Can I Modify My Actuator?

For some customers, a stock unit will not do the trick. Integrating our products into your designs can take some level of customization.
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Quiet Linear Actuators

For many applications, linear actuators must not only be small and discreet, but also quiet. A quiet linear actuator is important in places such as medical facilities where increased noise could distract a healthcare worker or patient, or in product applications where too much sound could distract from the intended function of the product.
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Choosing The Correct Actuator For Your Application

If you're looking for a micro linear actuator to suit your application you may have found the options a little overwhelming. Under the Actuonix brand, there are 6 unique micro actuator lines. These lines feature strokes ranging from 10mm through to 300mm, forces between 2-67lbs and five different control options.
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Micro Linear Actuators from Actuonix vs. Other Manufacturers

Actuonix has been manufacturing micro linear actuators since 2004. When we say 'manufacturing', we mean that we design our products in-house. Our team of engineers designs every one of our actuators from scratch, right here in Canada.
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Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Linear Actuator

Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Linear Actuator

It's easy to get a long service life out of your micro linear actuators. Actuonix devices are built to last and each unit is tested before it leaves our facility. That said, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to get the most possible life from your linear actuators.
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Linear Actuators For The Medical Industry

Micro linear actuators can be found throughout the healthcare industry. You often can not see them in the devices that help keep us healthy but they're discreetly performing critical functions behind the scenes. Medical applications range from simple tasks to more sophisticated, challenging applications that require more precise movement and greater force. 
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