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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How to Control the Speed of Linear Actuator with Speed Controller

A speed controller is a circuit which is created for the purpose of varying the speed of an electronic motor, or stopping it entirely. Speed controllers are mostly found on electrical linear actuators, and can either be a stand-alone unit, or a part of the linear actuator itself.

There are many reasons why linear actuator speed control is seen as important.

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How to Control Linear Actuator with Arduino


Some Words About Arduino and Linear Actuators

Arduino is a specific open source community\company\project in one which specializes in microcontrollers, the building and programming of them. Arduino also offers kits which can be put together by the people who will be using them. What is an Arduino microcontroller? They are small controllers of microchips and boards which allow for remote control of certain pieces of equipment. These microcontrollers are both digital and analogue, meaning that they can be used for a wide variety of equipment, regardless of whether or not that equipment is digital or analogue itself. These microcontrollers can be used with linear actuators, as a means of controlling them.

Linear actuators 12v are actuators which turn the circular motion which is normally produced by an electric motor into linear motion, i.e. motion which occurs in a straight line. Actuators are pieces of equipment which are used in more and more industries because of their simplicity and their overall superiority to the older technology.
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Best Space Saving Ideas For Your House Using Linear Actuators

No matter what type of house people live in, most of them will spend time looking for space saving ideas. Whether they are looking for a place to hide their bigger appliances, such as TVs or stereos, or are simply hoping to find some more storage space in the various nooks and crannies of their home, actuators can help. Actuators are in fact one of the best ways to use the extra space in a house, regardless of what that use is.

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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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