New Micro Linear Actuator With High Load CapacityMarch 23, 2020 by Robin Mitchell
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Linear actuators are crucial in modern industrial environments and can be used to perform a wide variety of actions.
Choosing the Right Linear Actuator
The majority of motion generated by electrical systems is rotational, with the motor being the most common. Many linear actuator systems are typically a motor that connects to a linear shaft connected to the motor via a gearbox.
While these actuators can be incredibly powerful, they suffer from disadvantages, with the biggest being the fixed stroke. Choosing the right linear actuator is important, and some of the many factors that need to be considered include stroke length, motor strength, motor voltage, and load capacity.
The Range of Micro Linear Actuators
ATO is now releasing a new linear actuator labeled as a “micro linear actuator” due to its small size and high load capacity. The Micro Linear Actuator is not a specific product but a range of linear actuators with different load capacities and stroke capabilities with load capacities ranging from 200N to 1200N and stroke lengths ranging from 50mm to 450mm.
Micro-electric linear actuator ATO-LACTU-1200. Image used courtesy of ATO.
The speed at which the actuator can operate depends on the load capacity, with the highest load capacities having a speed of 5mm/s while the lowest capacities having a speed of 30mm/s.
The range of actuators is available in multiple voltage ratings from 12V to 48V, making them compatible with all typical industrial voltages. All have an IP rating of 65, making them useable in a wide range of wet and dusty environments.
Their operating temperature range is between -20°C to + 45°C, are ISO, CE, and RoHS certified, produce a noise of less than 60dB, and include built-in limit switches to prevent damage to the actuator when in operation.
These linear actuators are designed for applications that need to replace pneumatic and hydraulic actuators. These are designed for easy installation, use less energy, are self-locking, and require no energy to maintain their position. They are automated and controlled using computer software.
The linear actuators also integrated over-current protection, overload protection, over-voltage protection, short-circuit protection, and shock protection.
Low Energy Consumption and Computer-Controlled
The ATO micro linear actuators are small, powerful actuators that can replace pneumatic and hydraulic actuators.
The lower energy consumption, combined with their ability to be computer-controlled, makes them a unique addition to any industrial process, especially one that is controlled via PLCs and/or other logic control system. Their customizability makes them ideal for a variety of applications.
The many inbuilt safety mechanisms ensure that the actuator is protected from the vast majority of events and its wide voltage range makes it ideal for all industrial set-ups.
Have you ever worked with micro linear actuators?