Tuesday, November 26, 2019

How to Use Wireless Linear Actuators

The well-known engineering progress changed significantly when the first successful unit of the electric linear actuator was constructed. This linear motion automation system demonstrated a brilliant performance. Taking into consideration the whole range of benefits - convenience of use, flexibility, reliability, ability to install these systems within different environmental conditions and their future potential 12V actuators were launched in wide manufacturing without hesitation. Let’s take a closer look at how these automation mechanisms evolved through all this time, what practical meaning this technology plays nowadays and how to use linear automation wisely?

Linear Actuators Implementation - How it All Works

The regular electric linear actuator to provide effective performance has to have certain parts. In other words, an electric linear actuator as a mechanism is a combination of a few pretty simple small mechanisms the in combination that creates the linear motion automation system as we know it these days. Among these simple mechanisms are the following: a rotational electric motor that provides the actuator with the rotational motion further transformed into linear motion; electric relays for current transformation patterns implied to change the current flow direction and at the same time to change way the actuator works (contracting and retracting linear motion); screw guide that pushes out from the housing that preserves the rod that is the main moving part of the actuator. This visible part usually is attached either to the object that is wanted to be moved straight-forward, or to the surface or ground, or to the moving part of bigger mechanisms. Even the shape of actuator rods is oriented for attachment - actuators regularly have special holes for mounting them to movable objects with the help of mounting brackets (usually manufactured and supplied by the same manufacturer).   

Hand Remotes - Record-Beating Technology

When remote control devices entered the scene of global linear motion automation the use of actuators became even simpler than it was previously ever imagined. The whole range of new automation projects in a glimpse of an eye became possible. After a customer presses one button on the special pocket remote control device - the actuator located in the radius of the Bluetooth signal starts its move. Remotes, in this case, play not the role of a trigger. They are frequently equipped with special displays that are capable to show their owners the current state of the system (an electric linear actuator-based mechanism) so that customers don’t even need to look at the system itself. For instance, the green light of the diode indicator means that the actuator is fully retracted, whereas red light means that the actuator is contracted and remains in the contracted position. Depending on the model, some remote controllers can show yellow light on their diode indicators. This means that there occurred a problem with the performance of the actuator that caused the unpredictable (read emergency) actuator pause. This may be called the malfunctioning that in most cases, despite common misconceptions, is caused by the improper actuator use. There are numerous reasons for malfunctioning or breakdown - the actuator IP protection standard could be used improperly and the actuator could have been placed in an unsuitable environmental condition. The wrong voltage of the current supplied to the actuator also can cause its breakdown and burn all of the electronics within the housing. Some actuators are also incompatible with certain electronics - that is why it is always important to read the manuals carefully and use only compatible technologies. Moreover, hand remotes should also be picked up carefully so that they are applicable to linear motion systems.

The use of remote controls along with actuator automation allowed engineers to embody those projects that were long postponed due to the inconvenience of manual manipulations to provide linear motion automation. With the use of this technology switching and controlling actuators became possible remotely. Standing desks - adjustable office tables, mini, micro, and industrial and other types of actuators for different sorts of linear motion work all became possible due to the extreme convenience of replacing human labor with automated machinery. These technological advances can also lead to improved treatments for a variety of health conditions such as low back pain. Stop wasting your time and think progressive!

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