Things to Consider When Selecting a Linear Actuator Manufacturer

Selecting a linear actuator manufacturer is a critical part of the product design process. Building a relationship with a high-quality manufacturer that you can rely on can save you major headaches down the road. How can you tell that an actuator manufacturer is the type of business that you can build a long-term relationship with? I've listed a few questions below that you should consider when selecting a supplier.

Questions to Ask a Prospective Actuator Supplier



Do They Actually Manufacture Their Products?

This is critically important, especially in the actuator industry. There are several companies that are not producing their own products, rather, relabeling products purchased offshore and selling them under their brand name. While there's nothing unethical about this practice, there are some major disadvantages to purchasing from this type of company including:

Pricing

You are going to pay more for the product. The company in the middle needs to make a profit. If you're buying in quantity, you should consider whether you're getting your products from the source, or from a reseller.


Quality

Quality control can be an issues if you're not buying directly from the manufacturer. The company in the middle is depending on the manufacturer to produce and ship good products. While this may not be an issue, it's wise to ensure that they at least test their products prior to shipping them to customers.


Customization

A reseller is unlikely to be able to offer much in the way of modification or custom actuators. If they didn't design and build it, it's unlikely they they will be able to help you much with regards to customization.



Do They Have A Broad Range Of Products?

You want to get your product to market quickly. It's important to work with a manufacturer that offers a broad range of products in different sizes, force capabilities, stroke lengths and control options. This both enables you to try different devices to decide what will work best for your application, and makes it less likely that you will need to have a custom product designed.



Can They Offer Custom Linear Actuator Options?

If there isn't an off-the-shelf product available to suit your needs, can your manufacturer work with you to customize an actuator for your application, or even produce an entirely new device?

A quality company will be able to work with you to develop a custom linear motion solution for your needs.



Do They Offer Discounts?

Now more than ever, companies are looking for ways to save money. When considering an actuator manufacturer, make sure to look into their volume discounts. A good manufacturer should be willing to offer some level of volume discount to high-volume customers.If you're buying actuators by the tens, hundreds or thousands.


At Actuonix, we will go out of our way to earn your business. We can work with you to find ways to reduce your costs including:


  • Volume discounts
  • Bulk packaging
  • Eliminating included accessories that you don't need

Documentation

You're probably going to need more information to integrate an actuator into your design. A reputable actuator supplier should be able to offer you datasheets, 3D files and drawings to assist you both before and after your purchase.


Actuonix Motion Devices offers all relevant documentation for our actuators right on the product page. You don't need to ask us for the info as its all right there for you.



Do They Offer Accessories?

Can they offer controllers, switches, wires, alternate end-tips, remote controls and other means of controlling their products? What about control boards, power supplies and linear slide rails?

An actuator is the heart of your linear motion assembly, but you may need other, relevant products to make your project come to life and sourcing things from multiple suppliers makes more work for you. Make sure that your manufacturer can offer all of the linear motion components you need.

A quality company will be able to work with you to develop a custom linear motion solution for your needs.



Do They Offer Accessories?

We all know that it's infuriating to purchase a product and have it stop working shortly after. This experience can be made much worse if the company who sold you the product refuses to stand behind it.

Defective Actuonix actuators are rare as we test every single device for quality before shipping it out to the customer. We also offer a 180 day warranty to protect you against defects.



How Is Their Reputation?

As with any purchase, you want to ensure that you're buying from a business with an established track record of quality products and great customer service. This is why you need to check into a company's reputation prior to purchasing from them.


What's their rating on Google? Do they have a rating on Facebook? Do they have any testimonials from existing clients, particularly volume customers?


Online reviewers can be harsh, and unfortunately, unhappy customers are often more likely to review than satisfied ones. That said, look for themes in reviews. Are there a lot of issues with quality control? Unavailable customer service reps? Do they sell on other platforms such as Amazon or Ebay?


Conclusion

In conclusion, selecting the right actuator manufacturer is pivotal for the success of any project or application requiring linear motion solutions. By considering factors such as quality, customization options, technical support, and reliability, you can ensure that your chosen manufacturer aligns with your specific needs and requirements.

Actuonix Motion Devices stands out in this competitive landscape, offering a comprehensive range of high-quality actuators coupled with unparalleled customer support. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Actuonix prides itself on delivering cutting-edge solutions tailored to meet the unique demands of various industries and applications.

Whether you're a hobbyist, engineer, or industry professional, partnering with Actuonix means gaining access to not only top-notch products but also invaluable expertise and assistance every step of the way. From initial concept to final implementation, their team of experts is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals efficiently and effectively.

Common Questions About Actuonix

How long has Actuonix been in business?

We have been in business since 2004. We were founded under the name 'Firgelli Technologies' and in 2016, changed our name to Actuonix Motion Devices. We are not affiliated with Firgelli Automations.

Can I use an Actuonix actuator to replace one that I already have?

Actuonix actuators can be used as replacements in many applications. If you need help determining which actuator will best suit as a replacement, please contact us. to discuss. There are many variables to consider including voltage, motor type, control system, stroke length, load and more.

Does Actuonix outsource manufacturing?

No, we do not. All of our actuators are built in our own factory. We source all of our own parts and manage our quality control processes from start to finish.

Do you offer development discounts?

We sometimes do, yes. This is at our discretion and on a case by case basis. That said, if you're looking for a motion control solution and want to discuss a discounted actuator to test in your design, we can often facilitate this type of request. Quantity limits will apply.

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