Linear actuators are becoming more and more prominent in our daily lives and business routines. They are useful in a variety of situations, not only because of what they do (they convert rotational motion into linear motion), but also because they are known for being particularly hard-wearing, almost endlessly customisable, and useful in a number of different situations. Actuators come in a number of different sizes, which means that they are useful to use in different automation and different moving parts. Modern devices of any kind could not function without linear actuators.
This is possibly the most obvious answer: robots use linear actuators in most if not all of their functions. The automation principles say that linear actuators are what truly brought robots into the domain they now inhabit, where they are part and parcel of so many different industries. Linear actuators are what allow robots to replace humans in many industries, as they can move faster and for longer than a human doing the same job.
Electric actuators from Actuator Zone allow robots to be delicate and accurate if they need to be, and also allow them to walk and move in different ways than would otherwise be possible for them.
Blinds are one of the latest piece of automation to be given actuators. Blinds are now able to move up and down in response to a command given to them remotely, or even just from sensing particular atmospheric conditions. It is linear actuators which allow this to happen, and which can control the blinds to such a degree that they don’t break on moving.
Mostly security cameras use this, but linear actuators have been incorporated into cameras for quite some time now – they increase the range of the camera, which means that it can cover more space, and help keep the area more secure.
Linear actuators are useful because they keep the camera moving smoothly and swiftly throughout the camera’s life. They help the camera by making it able to move more, and also to help conceal it so that it can do its job more effectively.
TV lifts are possibly the most well-known example of linear actuators being used possible. A TV lift is a piece of equipment which can raise or lower a TV into position, and it uses actuators to do it. The lift can be concealed in a table, the floor, the wall, or even the ceiling – it all depends on what actuators you have on your lift, and how strong they are.
Chair lifts are becoming more and more popular, both in the domestic environment and in medical ones. Chair lifts are useful for homeowners because it allows them to have what is essentially a few different sets of chairs while still only having one set. People can use them to find a position which is comfortable for themselves, rather than needing to be uncomfortable.
In a medical setting, having chairs which adjust to varying heights can help both patients and medical staff. Raising a chair is healthier than needing to bend all the way over to pick somebody up, and having a chair lift can mean that patients who need a chair which changes configuration (such as people with hip replacements), can have one single chair, instead of needing to make sure that they have chairs replaced at the appropriate times.
Beds are useful for both domestic and medical applications, again. Having a bed with linear actuators in it can mean that the person sleeping in it can adjust it to find the best possible sleeping position for them – some of these beds also allow you to do the same for either side separately, if it is a queen bed. This can lead to an overall healthier back and neck, from a sleeping position which benefits you and not whoever made the bed.
In a hospital setting, again there are many reasons to use a bed which can change position using linear actuators – the hospital staff who need to access the bed, whether to change and clean it, or to help the person who is currently occupying the bed, can use the linear actuators to move the bed so that they are not putting their bodies under unnecessary strain. Having movable beds can also be helpful for all kinds of medical treatments, since it means that the people administering the treatment can adjust the bed to a specific height that will benefit them.
Having a bed which can move also means that the beds can be modified very easily for each patient who comes through the medical facility. If one person needs to be sitting up all the time, the bed can be adjusted for that. If another person needs to have their legs elevated, then that can easily be done as well. The possibilities of a bed with linear actuators in it are endless.