Linear Actuators
Selecting Between Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Electromechanical Linear Actuators
Linear actuators are used in many applications around industry. Pneumatic, hydraulic and electromechanical technologies are the primary options for providing linear actuation but the selection and use...
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Electromechanical and Drives Technology - A Look Back on 2019
Thanks to our loyal followers for all of the interest in the topics covered in this blog over the past year. In examining the most-read blog posts over the course of 2019, it becomes obvious that...
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High-load Rodless Actuators Powering the Factory Automation Revolution
The arguments advocating more automation in our factories and process plants are gaining momentum and translating into a revolution in production environments.  Parker designs automated linear motion...
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Servo Motors and Drives Used in Tilting Beds Improve Patient Comfort
In radiographic tilting beds, the table upon which the patient is placed needs to be moved and controlled with smooth precision. In this type of application, servo motors and drives play a key role....
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Shift in Linear Actuator Design Fueled by Newer Generation
It’s no secret that the Millennial Generation’s practices and preferences are shifting consumer product design and marketing messages across the board. But how does that trend affect product design in...
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Choose the Right Screw Drive Train With Actuator Performance Calculator
There is no “one size fits all” drive train linear actuator technology for every application. In reality, the selection of different types of linear motion systems depends entirely on what is most...
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How Using Electric Linear 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...
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Overhauling a Soap Production Line in Record Time
Although the basic recipe for the solid soap bar has not varied much for decades, the process of making this basic commodity has changed significantly since the advent of industrialisation....
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Practical Applications for Precision Electromechanics in Photonics
In a world of constant technological advances, the photonics industry is seeing rapid growth with no signs of a slow-down. Photonics is the branch of technology concerned with the properties and...
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Key Technology Considerations for Dynamic Metrology Applications
Throughout the world, various types of metrology applications share a common need for increased precision. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement. Metrology applications take some type...
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Gearbox Test Rigs Need Reliable, High-Precision Parts
When it comes to gearbox test rigs deployed in the automotive and aerospace industries, one thing is certain - there is no margin for failure. A test rig or system that is unreliable or...
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A New Approach to Machine Design and Actuator Specification
Machine design challenges Pressures to reduce overhead costs and maximize profitability have forced original equipment manufacturers and machine builders to significantly reduce their...
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Select the Best Sealing and Shielding for Linear Mechanics in Harsh Environments
Many factors must be considered when determining which linear actuator to use in an application. Besides technical specifications such as speed, acceleration and payload, there’s another...
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Seven Factors to Consider When Selecting Linear Mechanics for a Vacuum Environment
When people hear the word vacuum, most think about the machines used to clean your home. However, there’s an entirely different meaning in manufacturing that helps enhance how we live our daily lives....
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How to Specify Precision Linear Mechanics for a Cleanroom Environment
A cleanroom is an environment maintained to ensure minimal levels of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. It is critical for...
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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...
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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...
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Choosing the Right Screw Drive Actuator | Three Technologies
Screw drive trains, a popular linear actuation technology, are designed to act as force multiplication devices, taking rotary torque input from a motor and converting it to linear thrust. A wide range...
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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...
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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...
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