Linear Actuator Solutions For Production Automation

Posted: Aug 30 2019, 5:06am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Linear Actuator Solutions for Production Automation

Electric linear actuators are used in various industries and fields of business. Actuator solutions are used in instrumentation and robotics everywhere, to move some parts of mechanisms, robots or related devices. Automation based on the work done by the electric linear actuator in 99 percent of cases is fully effective.

Advantages of Linear Actuators for Automation

Automation of linear mechanisms with the implementation of electric actuators is very relevant and popular nowadays. With the help of this technology entrepreneurs from all around the world try to reduce the number of employees working in the sphere of production, thereby cheapening it and increasing its quality. There are many advantages of automation, with the help of linear actuator systems - first of all, the possibility of programming the operating mode in advance, the possibility of an emergency stop in case of unforeseen overloads, the stroke accuracy, the stability of work with a certain effort. Linear mechanisms provide an excellent opportunity to expand the existing functionality of the equipment and improve the process.

Reasons to Automate the Production

In order to manage the modern production, a person would have to memorize the amount of information that is necessary for it. However, it’s rather difficult for a person to remember all the settings. Moreover, from times to times the nature of the production itself demands only automation to control the whole process as the human presence would be unwanted due to the increased difficulty of the work and increased danger of the working conditions. Some types of work just can be harmful to human health and threaten human life. One of the brightest examples of such dangerous work is Sulfur extraction and production. Automation of such types of work would allow preventing and even fully avoiding any danger to humans that have to deal with the mal consequences of such a production process.

Why Direct Current Actuators are Better to Use

Linear actuator technology allows equipping the automation mechanisms with a special microcontroller able to monitor the work progress, according to feedback signals. According to received performance data, such a microcontroller is able to make decisions on linear actuator performance, whether to slow it down, accelerate the working tempo a little bit, or even fully stop the mechanism in order to prevent major breakdown that may be caused by even the smallest mistakes or inconsistencies. Also, electric linear actuators can be automated with the help of electric relays that are able to change the current polarity on pins in order to switch the direction of the electric linear actuator’s movement. For example, in order to stop the pushing rod in the required position, the ends of stroke (EOS) switches can be added into the unit. They are also called ‘limit switches’. The limit switches are placed directly on the rod. Limit switches start to work at the moment when the rod reaches its extreme positions. As the sensors are placed at the end of stroke positions the relay changes the current polarity which results in reverse movement or the full stop of the actuator. When the rod reaches the end stroke position, the sensor can turn the power off. Further, the stem can only move in the opposite direction. It is done as soon as the polarity of the power supply is changed.

With smart automation systems that can be assembled with the implementation of electric linear actuators, production factories where human labor before was indefeasible can shift to assembly lines that can deal with the production process fully autonomously. Linear actuators require almost no maintenance, that allows shortening the number of people working with the production process but still with increasing the quality and tempo of production.

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