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How to Install an Industrial Linear Actuator

The actuator portion of a machine or piece of equipment is the part which is ultimately responsible for controlling the movement itself. The motors in this type of equipment are normally used to apply circular motion in the equipment it is attached to, but the use of a lead screw will limit the motion of the motor to linear action only.

All actuators require a control mechanism and a source of power. The signal itself can be from a variety of sources – hydraulic or pneumatic rather than simply electric – and it does not need to have much power to be effective. The source of power can also take a form other than pure electricity, but it must have higher energy output than the control signal. An actuator works by taking the signal it receives from its control mechanism, and converting that signal into mechanical energy.

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How To Make A Drop Down TV main

How to Make a Drop Down TV

Motorized television systems have existed for a long time, but people perceive them as an expensive system that requires specific skills to install. The invention of do-it-yourself technology has provided inexpensive options of using an electric process that facilitate quick movements. With a broad range of do-it-yourself electronics constructing a drop down TV, lifts are available in many places. Space is one of the biggest problems within many houses; many people have benefited from these options by saving the much-needed space especially at home. Drop down lifts are not only used where storage becomes an issue, but it can also be used to add some luxury to your home. TV lift systems provide luxury because the TV is positioned in an open space without disrupting other equipment.

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How to Choose a Quality Linear Actuator

As technology advances, quality linear actuators are more and more necessary to keep equipment doing the job it’s supposed to be doing. While it is true that most linear actuators are made with the same motor – a twelve volt – possibly as means of making it easier to replace the equipment when it becomes necessary, in reality the job done by any equipment is done best when the linear actuator which is incorporated into it is one which is the type for the task at hand. Anybody who is trying to buy a linear actuator will be given a huge variety to choose from, and (particularly if this is the first time buying), will need to select their specific quality electric linear actuator from the list. Anybody who is buying an actuator for a specific task needs to make sure that they don’t get bogged down in all the choices, so that they can be sure they are making the right choice.
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Using a Decibel Chart to Choose a Quiet Actuator

Using a Decibel Chart to Choose a Quiet Actuator

If you need a quiet actuator, for whatever reason (maybe the work is to be done in an enclosed space where the sound would be too much, or the actuator will be used in a non-industrial area and so needs to be quiet), the best way to ensure that you can find one is to learn how to use a decibel chart. Decibels were named to honour Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone – the term refers to the intensity of a sound, and is often referred to as dB for short. While many people are aware of what the term decibel means, not many can accurately say what the various acronyms associated with it mean – this article intends to help.

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Our Types of 12V Linear Actuators

As a leader in linear automation technology we aim to have to many different types of 12V linear actuators so our customers will have a variety of different options available. Whether it be high speed, heavy duty, miniature or track actuator models, we have them all. In this post we’ll go over our different types of electric linear actuator models and the advantages of each one.


Our mini linear actuators pack are large amount of force output into a compact design. These are the preferred option for smaller applications where space is limited and one of our most popular models. They can produce up to 150 lbs of force and come in stroke sizes ranging from 1 to 40 inches. The small size makes it popular home automation, such as automating a window or kitchen cabinet.

Heavy Duty

On the other side of the spectrum is our largest actuator model which also products the largest amount of force. The heavy duty 12V actuator is capable of producing a whopping 2,000 lbs of force, making it the perfect choice for applications that require massive amounts of lifting such as construction equipment and heavy machinery.

High Speed

The high speed model has a tubular design and is capable of producing small amounts of force at a high speed. While it is only able to produce up to 33 lbs of force, it makes up for the small force output with its speed. It can move at a rate of 9.05″/sec, making it the fastest actuator we carry in stock. The high speed makes it popular in applications where speed is a major factor.


The track actuator model is unique from all of our other 12 volt linear actuator models because of its design. Instead of the actuator extending and retracting it moves along a track. This means you don’t have to worry about calculating the extended and retracted length of the actuator for your application. The design also means they are able to hold more weight in the middle section of the stroke but still able to bring the same amount of power as other models. It can produce up to 900 lbs of force.

Mini Tube

Our mini tube model is similar to our high speed model in that it has a tubular design and that it is unable to produce large amounts of force. It’s one of our smallest models with a diameter of only 1.18″ and can produce 33 lbs of force. The small size makes it popular in fields such as robotics and automotive automation.


This 12V electric actuator is one of our most durable models. A big reason for that is the fact it is our only model that comes with a built in IP66 rating. That means it is completely impermeable to dust and strong jets of water. This feature makes the unit the ideal choice for applications in potentially harsh environments such as marine or boat automation and manufacturing equipment.

You can be sure these won’t be the only types of actuators we carry for long as we are always looking for new models and new actuator designs to manufacture. Make sure to stay up to date with us on social media for all the latest updates with Progressive Automations.