What to Look for in a Linear Actuator

gl15b series linear actuatorAre you new to linear actuators? Are you looking for some guidance in choosing an actuator for a project? The experts at Technico, Inc. can guide you through the entire selection process in four steps. In basic terms a linear actuator is a device that produces motion in a straight line and is powered by an external energy source, commonly achieved with a rod extending and retracting or with a slider that moves on a track. Linear actuators are used in innumerable applications. The following steps are helpful in determining which linear actuator will suit your application.

  1. Determine the amount of Force required. What is the weight of the object to be moved or lifted in your project? Technico carries a broad range of actuators from mini to industrial heavy duty linear actuators capable of moving extremely heavy forces.
  2. Determine the distance the actuator needs to move. What is the distance that you want to move something in your project? This is called the stroke length and it determines how far the linear actuator will move in one direction.
  3. Determine the speed required. Does your project need to move fast or slow? The speed of a linear actuator is measured in distance per second. The specification sheet for a linear actuator will tell you the speed the actuator is rated for. Typically the higher the force required the slower the actuator will move.
  4. Based on your project choose a type of linear actuator. Once the technical specifications for your project are worked out you can see which linear actuators will work with your requirements.

Keep in mind, different types of linear actuators are better suited to certain projects. Now that you know the basics of linear actuators give us a call so we can help you choose the exact actuator your project requires. Technico Inc., offers an extensive line of linear actuators, shop today!