Linear actuators are mechanical devices used to generate motion in a straight line. Linear actuators can be lead screw driven and are used in a wide variety of industries and applications to convert rotary motion to linear motion.
Electric Cylinders (or electro-mechanical cylinders) are captive linear actuators designed as a modular system. Due to lower maintenance costs, enhanced motion control, and a long list of additional benefits, electric cylinders are rapidly replacing pneumatic cylinders in multiple industries.
Linear motion positioning applications can often be addressed with a single-axis linear stage consisting of a moving rail, a fixed base, a carrier plate, and a linear actuator. However, a sizable number of applications require linear motion on multiple axes.
Can-stack stepper actuators offer an economical linear motion solution in a small package.
Although the term “linear actuator” can be defined broadly as any mechanical device that converts energy into controlled, straight-line motion, the definition narrows in the context of devices used for medical treatment and biomedical/chemical research.
Stepper motor driven screw linear actuators have been used for a while in a variety of applications. Integrated motor screw units used to only be available in high volume runs or too costly to consider. Building your own with expensive couplings and support bearings, mounting and aligning the assembly – add up to overwhelming costs.
Linear actuators have a variety of applications depending on the industry. Helix Linear's actuators can be used for any application requiring linear motion. Our actuators are pre-engineered, assembled, tested and ready to use making it the best economical and time sensitive approach to low cost automation. While we’re sure you’re thinking, “That’s great!” And it is, we’re sure there are many more questions to answer so keep scrolling below to find your answers.
We have all been there – you saw a great idea and thought “I can do that”. Whether it was a repair on your car, a landscaping project in your backyard, or even a craft idea for your house, we have all had a DIY project go wrong.
Take a small linear actuator, for instance. Simply put, it is a device that creates a linear or straight motion. Its compact size allows it to fit into tight compartments, better enabling complex applications such as stage lighting systems, robotic control and AC dampers in HVAC systems to perform linear motion tasks.