Linear actuators are pre-assembled motion devices consisting of a drive mechanism, a housing, and in some cases, a linear guide. They come in a wide variety of configurations to suit almost any application – for example, belt driven and rack and pinion versions provide long lengths and high speeds, while screw driven rod type actuators supply high thrust forces.
As more designers and engineers are looking for ways to reduce time-to-market, improve reliability, and standardize machine components, manufacturers are making it easier to size and specify linear actuators. And they’re offering a wider range of fully “plug-and-play” actuators, with integrated motors, drives, and controls.
In this Motion Control Classroom, you’ll learn about the many variations of electromechanical linear actuators, get tips for sizing and selection, and see examples of where different actuator types are used.