How to Wire Up a Linear Actuator to a Rocker Switch: Step By Step Tutorial

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.

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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.

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How to Protect Linear Actuator: IP Rating and Advices

One of the most important factors to take into consideration when buying a linear actuator is the environment it will be used in; there are many contaminants, particularly in an industrial setting, which could be harmful to the proper functioning and the overall health of a 12v electric actuator.

The three most common problems which are faced when using electric actuators are dust, moisture, and corrosion. Dust and other contaminants like dust act to clog up the moving parts of the actuator, rendering it less functional and more liable to break or otherwise go wrong. Moisture and corrosion tend to go hand-in-hand when it comes to actuators because leaving an electric actuator exposed to moisture can have the effect of letting the metal rust, which then leads to equipment which does not function properly, and will most likely break. Another problem that is encountered with moisture is the effect it will have the electronics themselves – water and electricity don’t mix, and at best the water contamination will lead to equipment which no longer functions. At worst, the equipment will lead to whoever uses it to be hurt.

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How Do Electric Linear Actuators Work

A linear actuator may seem complicated, but it is not the case. The linear actuator working principle was specifically designed to be easier to work with, both to decrease the amount of maintenance and repairs which are necessary for equipment that carries out the types of jobs linear actuators were created for, and also to allow more people to be able to use them (as seen in the inclusion of linear actuators in a big way in many aspects of home automation). As a result, the learning curve for how to use linear actuators is fairly smooth for most people, particularly if they use the 12 volt electric actuator which is becoming commonplace, and is the subject of this article. The article will cover what a linear actuator is, what the different parts of an electric linear actuator are, and describe how the actuator works, in order to fully explain how use identify and use a linear actuator to anyone who needs the information.

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Linear Actuators vs Linear Servo Actuators. How do they really differ?

Linear actuators and linear servo actuators are perhaps not as different as many people suppose; they have the same basic function and can fulfill many of the same tasks. However, people can sometimes have difficulty when they need to choose a linear actuator or a linear servo actuator, as the two are very similar in use and in profile.

As this article will show, linear actuators and linear servo actuators are more similar than is perhaps generally known. By going through the differences as well as the similarities in a linear actuator working principle and a linear servo motor people will come to realise the similarities in each piece of equipment and see how both of them can be used in harmony with each other.

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How to Calculate Linear Actuator Force

Calculating the strike force of any given linear actuator has to begin with the user calculating the translational force needed to move any given load (remembering that linear actuators can be tweaked to bear different loads). To calculate the force in a linear actuator, the user needs to consider four separate elements in each equation: the mass which is being moved, the friction which will be created, the gravity of the earth, and whether any other counter-forces exist that will affect linear actuator force either positively or negatively. Every element has its place when it comes to calculating the force needed for a linear actuator, because without each element, the overall equation won’t work properly. This article will walk readers through the process, while also providing a sample equation to see.

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