by Dave Arguin
Date: Jun 10 2021

Captive vs. Non-Captive Linear Stepper Motor Actuators

For a lead screw linear actuator to convert rotary motion into linear motion, there must be an anti-rotation element on the nut design where the lead screw is rotating. The anti-rotation feature applies to an external linear actuator design as well. However, for captive and non-captive linear actuators where the nut is integral to the rotor and confined within the motor, the lead screw is prevented from rotating to translate rotary motion into linear motion.

Stepper Motor Linear Actuators: 2.1V – 12v Actuator Options by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 16 2021

Stepper Motor Linear Actuators: 2.1V – 12v Actuator Options

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 - What They Are, and Why You Should Be Using Them by Christopher Nook
Date: Mar 05 2021

Electric Cylinders - What They Are, and Why You Should Be Using Them

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.

XY and XYZ Linear Stages for Multi-Directional Motion by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 11 2021

XY and XYZ Linear Stages for Multi-Directional Motion

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.

HELIX CAN-STACK LINEAR ACTUATORS by Christopher Nook
Date: Dec 08 2019

HELIX CAN-STACK LINEAR ACTUATORS

Can-stack stepper actuators offer an economical linear motion solution in a small package.

5 Steps to Designing Linear Actuators for Medical Devices by Christopher Nook
Date: Oct 25 2019

5 Steps to Designing Linear Actuators for Medical Devices

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.

Get Moving with a Precision Linear Actuator by Christopher Nook
Date: Aug 08 2019

Get Moving with a Precision Linear Actuator

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.

FAQ Friday: The Top 11 Linear Actuator Questions Answered Here by Christopher Nook
Date: Sep 08 2017

FAQ Friday: The Top 11 Linear Actuator Questions Answered Here

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.

Linear Actuators - When DIY Turns into Why by Christopher Nook
Date: Feb 11 2016

Linear Actuators - When DIY Turns into Why

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.