Articles About Linear Actuators
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Energy efficiency is for more than just motors. Here are some mechatronics companies making sure you get more bang for your buck when it comes to your power bill.
Electromechanical rodless linear actuators can offer better load handling in smaller spaces than rod-style actuators, but realizing those benefits requires careful attention at the specification level. Whether you are replacing a failed actuator, looking for better performance or building a new application from the ground up, success depends on how precisely you specify application requirements.
Smart actuators bring big benefits to utility and other off-highway vehicles
Automated production of large objects such as auto body prototypes, boat hulls and surfboards traditionally requires computerized numerical control (CNC) systems costing nearly a million dollars. Thomson Cuts Costs and Production Time for Autoscale Inc.
In today's highly competitive world, the better someone understands the advantages and benefits of direct drive technology, then the more they will have an advantage in machine building, giving them an edge over their competition.
The complete Product News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
When the need arises for linear motion or positioning, there are many choices. One can use an Acme screw, ball screw, rack & pinion, or belts. The cost of a linear motor solution is generally greater than a mechanical linear product, but when one needs highly accurate, repeatable, high-speed motion, then the answer may be a linear motor.
Improving System Performance One Application at a Time. PTE recently caught up with IKO, Rollon and THK to breakdown the basics in linear motion rolling guides.
How would you compare the efficiency and capabilities of hybrid stepper motor actuators vs. can stack stepper motor actuators?
The U.S. Space Shuttle fleet was originally intended to have a life of 100 flights for each vehicle, lasting over a 10-year period, with minimal scheduled maintenance or inspection. The first space shuttle flight was that of the Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102), launched April 12, 1981. The disaster that destroyed Columbia occurred on its 28th flight, February 1, 2003, nearly 22 years after its first launch.
During the qualification campaign of the NIRSpec (near-infrared spectrometer) instrument mechanism, the actuator could not achieve the expected lifetime that had been extended during the development phase. The initial design could not be adapted to the requested number of revolutions during that phase. Consequently the actuator needed to be modified so that the function of the mechanism would not be endangered or, by extension, the overall function of the NIRSpec instrument. The modification included a change of the overall actuator designâ”internal dimensions, tolerances, materials, lubrication and assembly processâ”while keeping the interface to the mechanism, mass and function.
The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.
Here's what one supplier is doing to take advantage of the mobile phone in your pocket.
News From the Industry
The complete Product News section from the October 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
This Q&A session with various experts at Thomson Linear Systems covers linear slides & stages, clutches & brakes, bearings and actuators.
Ball screw assemblies are key to this patent-pending oilfield corrosion prevention solution.
Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion
How to select a guide wheel with the properties best-suited for a given application to create a system that reduces design costs and engineering changes, and lowers warranty, assembly, installation and mounting costs.
The complete Product News section from the June 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
News from the industry about new products.
This article describes a series of tests that can be performed by the average user, with little experience, and without sophisticated measuring instruments, to quickly determine the most important performance characteristics of linear motion systems.
A reader asks for clarification on last issue's Ask the Expert column about ball screw sizing.
News from around the industry.
The ball screw drive is an assembly that converts rotary motion to linear motion and vice versa. The ball screw drive consists of a ball screw and a ball nut with recirculating ball bearings...
Medical imaging equipment, water handling systems, conveyors, robotic systems and rotary and linear actuators are among the many devices that may be fitted with electric friction brakes to hold their loads in place when the power is off or disrupted.
News Items About Linear Actuators
1 New A-Track Series Linear Actuators (April 15, 2006)
March 15, 2006 ? South Beloit, IL ? Warner Electric announces the availability of new A-Track Series Linear Actuators. The new series of...
2 Guide to Linear Actuators for Off-Highway Vehicles (October 15, 2010)
Thomson has available a new Guide to Linear Actuators for Off-Highway Vehicles. The guide provides an educational overview on the benefit...
3 Warner Electric Features A-Track Linear Actuators in New Brochure (April 8, 2006)
Warner Electric published a new eight-page, full-color brochure to introduce new A-Track Series Linear Actuators, a four-model series of ...
4 Portescaps Linear Actuators Capable of Precise Positioning (February 28, 2007)
Portescap, a Danaher Motion company, introduces 26DAM Series digital linear actuators. These units provide linear force up to 120 oz. (33...
5 PI Product Releases Ultra-High-Load Precision Linear Actuators (April 22, 2006)
PI Products released the M-238 ultra-high-load precision linear actuators that combine force, resolution and speed The actuators are s...
6 HSIs New Linear Actuators Available with Encoder Feedback (February 27, 2007)
The new size 8 linear actuators are now available with encoder feedback, making them suitable for high and low volume motion control appl...
7 HSIs Linear Actuators Include Encoder Feedback (April 13, 2006)
Haydon Switch & Instruments size 11 hybrid linear actuators are now available with encoder feedback. According to the company&...
8 Zero-Max Linear Actuators Convert Rotary Motion Into Linear Motion (March 17, 2006)
The Rohlix linear actuators from Zero-Max convert rotary motion to linear travel and carry loads at speeds up to 70" per second dep...
9 Zero Maxs New Linear Actuators Convert Rotary Motion into Precise Linear Motion (April 12, 2006)
The Rohlix linear actuators from Zero-Max convert rotary motion to linear travel and carry loads at speeds up to 70" per second, de...
10 J.W. Winco's Linear Actuators Available With Two Separate Threaded Shafts (June 20, 2007)
J.W. Winco offers metric linear actuators with two separate threaded shafts.The actuators feature guide tubes of chrome plated precision ...
11 Linear Actuators Improve Performance and Life (May 29, 2008)
Haydon Switch & Instrument, Inc. recently announced that its size 14 hybrid linear actuators are now available with an integrated c...
12 Warner Linear Actuators Receive IP69K Rating (March 20, 2015)
Warner Linear recently announced that select linear actuators and controls received the IP69K rating, the highest rating available for pr...
13 Bell-Everman Offering New Sealed Linear Actuators For Lighter Loads (April 22, 2015)
Bell-Everman is now offering a new compact model of their SLS sealed linear stage that keeps contamination such as manufacturing debris, ...
14 Haydon Kerk Supports Security Door Actuation Market with Customized Hybrid Linear Actuators (June 11, 2015)
Quiet, energy-efficient linear stepper actuators from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions can serve as replacements for loud and power-hungry so...
15 Festo Introduces a Versatile Programmable Position Transmitter for Linear Actuators (January 8, 2015)
The new SDAT-MHS T-slot programmable position transmitter from Festo provides the same functionality as position transducers and mechanic...
16 Zero-Max Introduces Rohlix Linear Actuators (August 1, 2013)
Zero-Max is now offering Roh’lix linear actuators made from stainless steel for use in operations where cleanliness is a priority. ...
17 Intellidrives Offers High Frequency Linear Actuators (April 18, 2018)
Intellidrives Circular Voice Coil Positioning Stage (ICVCA) is a compact stage ideal for closed loop short stroke positioning applic...
18 SS Linear Actuators Resist Corrosion (June 4, 2010)
Macron Dynamics Inc. MacBUILT stainless steel SSR Series Actuator was engineered to meet demands of corrosive environments and sanitation...
19 High Output Can Stack Stepper Motor Linear Actuators (June 25, 2010)
With frame sizes of 20, 25 and 35 mm, the Haydon line of high out put can stack linear actuators are built to be compact, durable and pow...
20 J.W. Wincos Linear Actuators Feature Two Separate Threaded Shafts (August 6, 2007)
J.W. Winco's metric linear actuators have two separate threaded shafts and feature guide tubes of chrome-plated precision steel with ...