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.
Increasing levels of technology have meant that there are new changes in how linear actuators work and can be controlled. Before, the signal for a linear actuator to begin working could be sent in one of two ways: either through a mechanical or electrical system, or through direct human input. Now, the signal can be delivered through either of those means or through some sort of software system, so long as it properly integrated into the equipment.
Actuators are made in a variety of forms, to handle a variety of tasks, from very delicate actuators which are used in fruit picking, to heavy duty actuators which work under the most strenuous conditions. Industrial linear actuators are those which are specifically designed to work in industrial functions (hence the name) and therefore are able to work under more extreme duress than other actuators, and are also normally designed with greater ability in speed, force, and durability, due to the expected conditions that they will be working under. Industrial actuators are the pieces of equipment which can endure much more than another actuator could.
Industrial Linear Actuator Installation
Heavy duty linear actuator installation does not need to be difficult or time-consuming, so long as you take everything as it comes, and don’t try to rush the process.
Selection itself is not a part of the installation process as such, but it is important to go over everything you have bought and ordered at this point, as well as the initial measurements and calculations you made. Doing this will help you make doubly sure that everything is correct and will fit correctly, as improperly fitted components may not work properly. Make sure you have accurate measurements for both the equipment and the space that the equipment will be taking up.
Every actuator will come with additional parts which will help with the installation or the working of the equipment, namely, wiring, mounting brackets, the power source, limit switches, and a remote control if you have ordered one.
Before installation, ensure that you have all of these components and that you are aware of how they all work together in the equipment.
You will now be ready to install your linear actuator, having ensured that space is ready for installation and that you have all the components you need.
First of all, install the mounting brackets for the linear actuator in the space where it will go. The brackets themselves should come with pins which can be used to fix them to the application site. Make sure that the brackets are firmly installed before you mount the industrial linear actuator on them.
Wiring is obviously important to the proper set up of an industrial linear actuator, since the wires have to maintain a proper setting. The basic set of wires is positive and negative, and these need to be installed correctly for the power to be supplied to the actuator. Actuators can sometimes have additional wires which help to control the position of the actuator, but if these are included, then they will be distinguished from the other wires by being thicker.
At this point, it is time to connect the actuator to its control system and power source. The control box is what ultimately allows you to command the linear actuator, and what controls the power which is sent to it, so installing it correctly is very important.
Similarly, the power source itself needs to be permanently installed. It is always best to check that the power source is working before you install it, to ensure that everything is in working order.
When everything is installed, try to turn it on for the first time; this is the first check to ensure that installation had gone as planned.