What is a Linear Actuator Used For?

Find out everything you need to know about linear actuators in this article where we answer the following questions to enable you to make an informed decision about whether a linear actuator is right for your application.

  • What is a linear actuator?
  • What does a linear actuator do?
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  • What is a linear actuator used for?

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Read on to find out the answers to some of the most common questions asked about linear actuators. 

What is a Linear Actuator?

A linear actuator is a device that creates motion in a straight line (i.e. pushing and pulling) instead of in a circular or rotational motion.

What Does a Linear Actuator Do?

Linear actuators are used for many purposes including the following: 

  • Automating a process
  • Removing people from dangerous situations
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  • Providing remote control 
  • Making difficult or tedious manual jobs easier

What is a Linear Actuator Used For?

Linear actuators are used where linear motion is required - for lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, or rotating/positioning a load. Linear actuators can be used for many different applications as they are capable of operating in the toughest of conditions.

They are also simple to install and don’t require a lot of space, require no maintenance, they don’t leak hydraulic fluid and are easy to incorporate into an automated process. Linear actuators may also be used because of the following benefits:

  • Easier control
  • Lower energy costs
  • Higher accuracy
  • Less noise 
  • Provide a cleaner and healthier environment

Our linear actuator product range includes the Electrak LA series, Electrak PPA series, Electrak E series, Movoact and Loadmaster 80. Download the linear actuator pdf for detailed information and technical specifications for the products available.

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