by Zhane Isom
Date: Mar 18 2022

Hexapod Motion and Positioning Platforms

From improved task flexibility and miniaturization to higher load capacity and advanced controller technology, hexapod positioning systems are becoming more common in multiple industries. Though not new to the market, these versatile motion systems solve many industrial automation challenges, from semiconductor applications to automotive assembly lines.

by Zhane Isom
Date: Feb 11 2022

Ball Screw Driven Linear Actuators = Heavier Load Carrying Capabilities

Today's linear motion and automation challenges require higher precision and faster speeds.

26 MM Can Stack Stepper Motor Linear Actuators by Christopher Nook
Date: Dec 03 2021

26 MM Can Stack Stepper Motor Linear Actuators

Can-stack linear actuators from Helix Linear Technologies leverage permanent magnets and stepper motor operation to convert rotary motion into linear motion.

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.