How a Small Electric Actuator Operates Automotive Headlights by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 20 2013

How a Small Electric Actuator Operates Automotive Headlights

Aside from mechanics and car buffs, most people who drive automobiles have no idea that small electric actuators—also known as mini actuators—are at work, performing a variety of automotive functions that are simply taken for granted

Advancing Security System Positioning and Control with Lead Screws by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 18 2013

Advancing Security System Positioning and Control with Lead Screws

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, dramatically increased demand for automated security systems in practically all facets of society. From military and governmental security technologies to commercial and residential surveillance systems, automated security represents one of the fastest growing markets in today’s global econom

Increase Packaging Machine Flexibility with Electric Actuators by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 14 2013

Increase Packaging Machine Flexibility with Electric Actuators

Several trends are driving increased demand for electric actuators for providing linear motion control in packaging machines. While pneumatics-driven actuation has historically served this function, the industry is transitioning away from that approach in order to realize greater flexibility, cleaner operation, less noise, and reduced costs.

10 Reasons Lead Screws are Better than Ball Screws by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 12 2013

10 Reasons Lead Screws are Better than Ball Screws

Once thought of as little more than a cheap substitute for ball screws and only suitable for limited use in less demanding applications, lead screws (sometimes called lead screws, power screws, acme screws or translation screws) have evolved and now offer many significant advantages over alternative technologies

Electric Actuator or Pneumatic Actuator? by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 07 2013

Electric Actuator or Pneumatic Actuator?

Many types of machinery need to position components and/or move loads in a linear fashion, and machine designers routinely face the question of whether to use an electric linear actuator or a pneumatic actuator to fulfill this requirement.

How Aircraft Systems Rely on Acme Thread Actuators by Christopher Nook
Date: Jun 05 2013

How Aircraft Systems Rely on Acme Thread Actuators

Even though the acme thread form was originally developed more than 100 years ago, it has proven to be such a reliable and effective design that actuators driven by screws using this thread have become a staple for providing linear actuation and motion control in today’s modern aircraft for non flight critical applications, as well as in the docking and maintenance equipment used to service airline fleets.

Helix Linear Technologies Releases NEW Lead Screw Catalog by Christopher Nook
Date: May 29 2013

Helix Linear Technologies Releases NEW Lead Screw Catalog

The first edition of the Helix Linear Technologies Catalog provides valuable information regarding the world’s most comprehensive line of precision lead screws.

Drive Linear Motion in Industrial Robots with Lead Screws by Christopher Nook
Date: May 24 2013

Drive Linear Motion in Industrial Robots with Lead Screws

While industrial robots have been used to manipulate parts, tools, material, and specialized devices for half a century, industrial robot manufacturers face a range of new challenges associated with increased demand for greater levels of adaptability, agility, and flexibility

How to Avoid Making the 5 Most Common Motion Control Mistakes by Christopher Nook
Date: May 21 2013

How to Avoid Making the 5 Most Common Motion Control Mistakes

Given the range of motion control devices, systems, and assemblies that are available on the market—plus advances in the development of innovative MCSs and the greater demands for today’s precision guidance and positioning applications.

Selecting the Optimal Linear Slides for Guidance and Positioning by Christopher Nook
Date: May 17 2013

Selecting the Optimal Linear Slides for Guidance and Positioning

Achieving precise guidance and positioning through linear motion control has become a common requirement in today’s manufacturing environments. Virtually all manufacturing processes utilize some type of linear motion control, for which linear slides offer a simple, flexible, and cost-effective solution.