The Internet of Things is something which has been growing in the public eye for the past half-decade or so, mostly being seen as the next logical step from the home automation which has been extremely popular. We are only now beginning to understand the application of the Internet of Things, as the connectivity which it implies has the potential to change almost everything we do. Being connected to our homes is one thing, but being connected to somewhere on the other side of the world is something else entirely, and it raises questions of what can be done beyond the control of linear actuators and other tools. The Internet of Things is growing and expanding as we grow and expand our technological abilities, and what we can do with it is growing at the same rate, which is something that has brought to light uses we would never have otherwise considered. Continue reading
Having something attached to a linear actuator in order to prevent it from moving more than you want or is required is something which can come in extremely handy when the task at hand requires more control. While some electric actuators are built with a programmable limit switch, most are not; these models come either with nothing limiting movement at all (therefore with no way for users to control the distance the actuator travels), or a limit placed at the extreme ends of the shaft only (to control the movement to some extent). Continue reading
You might hear that we live in the times of the fourth industrial revolution. It is characterized by a total digitalization or implementation of computing innovations in multiple areas of a human life. Nevertheless, the notion of revolution in terms of technologies does not mean an absolute shift to some state-of-the-art advances. In fact, it lies in the improvement of the accustomed solutions used in manufacture, household, entertainment, transportation etc. The following text will introduce you to a widespread technology that is not esteemed in a proper manner by the population. It refers to an electric linear actuator and its application scope.
Today’s emphasis on linear actuators requires a similar emphasis placed on the actual motion which is created by the actuator. The two main ways to produce this motion rely on lead screws and ball screws, each of which has their own uses and advantages over the other. In this article, we will look closer to each type and find the difference between ball screw and lead screw.
The simplest process to wire a 12v linear actuator to a rocker switch is to use a wiring kit. The installation kit comprises of two wires; red and black wires that are already configured with jumpers to make the connection much easier. Other items in the wiring kit include, the Molex connectors, fuse holders containing fuses, limit switches and diodes.
The installation kit limits the stroke size and extends the length of the wire to be connected to the actuator. These two wires are important because they are used to control the motor of a linear actuator. The connection process can be performed using two options; these include using the momentary rocker switches and non-momentary switches.