Linear Actuators

Flexible Machine Design for Twenty-First-Century Challenges

For a machine designer, flexibility means highly configurable and adaptable components that can allow for slight variations without demanding major design changes. When applying these demands to...
On August 24, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Rodless Linear Actuators with Integrated Valves

Wherever manufacturers require linear actuators in industrial automation, they look for a highly reliable system capable of accurate and fast positioning. However, these are not the only factors...
On November 30, 2016

Choosing the Right Screw Drive Train | Performance Calculator

There is no “one size fits all” drive train linear actuator technology for every application. In reality, the selection depends entirely on what is most critical to a specific application....
On November 17, 2016

How Using Electric Actuators Can Save You Money

It’s well documented that creating compressed air for use by pneumatic cylinders is not a particularly cost-effective process, largely as a result of generator and system inefficiencies. With accounts...
On October 26, 2016

Tube Bending OEMs Embracing All-Electric Automation

The tube bending industry is seeing a migration from more traditional manual hydraulic process equipment to fully automated "all electric" machinery. Historically, tube bending operations have been...
On July 18, 2016

Emerging Technologies in Life Sciences | Survey Highlights

Computer scientist Alan Kay is famous for saying “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” To gain a better understanding of what that future might look like, Parker Hannifin...
On May 25, 2016

Roller Wheel Bearing Linear Actuators | Pros and Cons

Most engineers are comfortable with the qualities of square rail bearing linear actuators and they use them regularly for motion support. Let's take a quick moment to discuss the pros and cons...
On May 16, 2016

Linear Motors | Servo Drives | PAC and More: SLAS 2016 Featured Products

It was a busy three days in San Diego at the recent Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) show as we talked about the new products and new technology on display at the Parker...
On February 16, 2016

Designing a Low-cost Actuator for Harsh Environments

Using high-quality actuator components can protect industrial equipment designers—and the users of their products—from a lot of grief. Harsh environments that can damage equipment exteriors...
On May 12, 2015

Let Automation Come to You

In today’s modern, fast-paced business environment it is becoming ever more challenging for engineers to spare the precious time needed to visit trade shows. With more and more business being...
On March 18, 2015

Developing Custom Motion Control Solutions

In order to meet challenging design and performance objectives, under tight constrains of budget and schedule, many OEMs work with motion control experts such as Parker to create a customized solution...
On July 29, 2014

Ensuring Precise Linear Movement With Position Feedback Systems

In an earlier blog post about 3D printing, “Bearings Technology Risks in Precision Linear Motion System Development,” we examined bearing technology options; now we conclude by looking at...
On July 24, 2014

Bearings Technology Risks in Precision Linear Motion System Development

We examined the technology options for use in linear drive trains being deployed on additive manufacturing or 3D printing systems in "Drive Train Technology Risks in Precision Linear Motion...
On July 10, 2014

Select the Right Drive Train Technology for 3D Printing Precision Linear Motion Systems

Selecting the best linear drive technology for your additive manufacturing (3D Printing) machine, or any other application, should be a process driven by the balancing of cost with performance, and...
On July 2, 2014

Take the Guesswork out of Choosing a Linear Drive Train

Wouldn't you like to take the guesswork out of selecting the right linear drive train for your positioning application? If you’re like most design engineers in today’s world, chances are you’re...
On April 21, 2014

Is it Best to Build or Buy a Linear Positioner?

How does a company decide the business case to build a linear positioner in-house or purchase an existing off-the shelf technology, when it comes to industrial applications that involve high volume,...
On April 10, 2014

Macro Motion Control and Drive Solutions Meet Demands of Offshore

For offshore OEMs, the space, cost, reliability and performance benefits of single supplier, multiple technology integrated solutions represent a sensible approach in extreme environments. The harsh...
On August 15, 2013

Sizing Belt Driven Actuators? Key Points to Consider

Don't be quick to think the belt is your limiting factor when sizing an actuator. There are other mechanical components to take into account. Often, there is skepticism or concern about using timing...
On May 22, 2010

Life and Linear Positioners

This post could be about the effects of c, velocity ripple and smooth motion, the differences between linear drive technologies or any number of topics. However, one thing is more important...
On April 28, 2010

Electromechanical Technologies and Key Markets

Electromechanical is the technology of controlling mechanical devices via electricity. Parker electromechanical systems and components improve precision and increase productivity. Electromechanical...
On January 20, 2010