Linear Motion Is Everywhere

linear motion guidesUnexpected linear motion applications are everywhere!  They range from relatively simple, such as an inexpensive seat actuator in a passenger vehicle to a complex multi-axis coordinate system, complete with control and drive electronics for closed-loop positioning. No matter how simple or how complex the linear motion system, at the most basic level they all have one thing in common. Moving a load through a linear distance in a specific amount of time, linear rails and linear actuators are used to control movements with different variables and complexity.

Let’s look at some unexpected, yet common, examples of linear motion applications that most of us encounter every day. Linear motion applications can be found in many sectors.

    1. Medical – Used in medical-technical platforms such as operating room beds, X-ray machines, MRI and CT Scanners as well as dentist chairs.
    2. Buildings and Furniture – Retail stores, yachts, hotels, museums and theaters all require linear motion control. We can also find linear motion applications at home in our kitchens’ worktops and our sliding doors or display cases. Linear motion rails are also used as safety barriers for elevators.
    3. Aerospace – Linear motion applications are everywhere in the aerospace industry. Aircraft seats, devices and equipment used in airports as well as extraction of slide out components on aircrafts.
    4. Packaging and Industrial – The need for linear motion can be required for positioning loads, palletizing, packaging, pick and place operations, filling operations and automated warehouses.  You’ll also need linear motion at workstations such as cutting machines and painting machines.

In other words, anything that needs to go in a straight line is linear motion. Our experts at Technico speak to clients each day and meet their requirements to specification whether simple or complex. Our Engineering services assure our clients every day that their requirements are being met from initial design, through prototyping and end product performance. Contact us today for more information.