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Questions tagged [actuator]

An actuator is a device for converting energy into motion. They may be pneumatic, hydraulic, electric, or mechanical.

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Loading an Asynchronous Generator

I am doing an experiment that involves loading an asynchronous 50 HZ generator. For the load to consume current it has to be a capacitive load to cause a phase shift between the current and the ...
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Linear actuator. Monitor end switch with arduino

For a hobby project I am developing a solar tracker. For this I obtained a linear actuator. It contains a DC motor, 2 Hall sensors and an end switch. I am using an Arduino Uno and a Polulu motor ...
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Low power thermal actuator/radiator head

There are a lot of thermal thermostats like this one that work on batteries. I searched for an actuator that is working with ~5V but I only find 24V / 220V . I can only find full systems that work ...
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Transfer function_Approximation of second order system for a linear actuator

I am trying to approximate a transfer function of a system. The system is a linear actuator, connected to a feedback potentiometer. The actuator has a mass on it. The following figure is a step ...
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How do memory seats keep track of their position?

I was wondering how do memory seats keep track of their position. Since this kind of equipment existed in 1990's cars, it must be simple yet ingenious. I have been thinking about this for quite a time ...
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How to get stall current from DC motor model

I'm studying the model of a dc motor from this link : http://ctms.engin.umich.edu/CTMS/index.php?example=MotorSpeed&section=SystemModeling The equations are: \$\ s(Js+b)\theta(s)=K I(s)\$ \$\ (...
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modeling of a dc motor with load

I designed a robot. It consists of an actuator, linkage and a camera. the actuator is considered as a dc motor in this problem. I need to identify this system. how can I find a model for actuator and ...
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Is there an opensource equivalent to Phidgets?

For those who don't know, Phidgets are a hardware platform for interacting between PCs and hardware; they're a sort of "industrial lego". They have DIO, relay drivers, sensors etc. Their key utility ...
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How to monitor an actuator's feedback line from a microcontroller?

the AG-020-B electric actuator is controlled from a microcontroller. Terminal 1 is connected to the DC PSU GND, Terminal 2 is connected to the +24VDC via a high side Power MOSFET(TPS22810) as shown ...
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Chicken coop door opener circuit

I'm designing a circuit that will open a chicken coop when the sun comes up. I've attached a bungee cord to the door which opens the door when a pin is released. This pin is released by a car door ...
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VNH5019A Flyback issue on custom PCB

I have a custom high power PCB I recently designed and am currently testing. It is designed to use 2 linear actuators link. I am using a VNH6019A H-bridge to control them. They operate simply as -12v ...
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Linear actuator suggestion - fast , powerful and small [closed]

Suggestion for linear actuators? Some desired specs Very fast [coompletes forward motion in 10-20 ms Just a pulse reaction needed - Can move forward with great speed Backward thrust not needed; can ...
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How do I wire Solid State Relays to a linear actuator

Sorry for the dumb question, but I only know enough to get myself in trouble.. I've searched through previous questions and haven't found an answer that dumbs it down enough for me. I'm trying to ...
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Actuator resistance

Sorry, I’m not much good at electrical work, but I’m trying to understand why this actuator I purchased doesn’t use the rated power specs. I expect this question may have been asked before, but I can’...
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How to know the right amp to power a 12V actuator?

I have an Arduino Uno. I need to use an electric linear actuator to control the movement of a joint in which I have installed a rotary encoder to know in what angles it's moving. The actuator is a 12 ...
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What is the best way automated relay switches can work with manual switches for a two way skylight motor?

I am installing a pair of skylights and considering if I could automate them with a Raspberry pi. The same could apply to windows or blinds, so I am hoping someone has done similar. Is this a safe ...
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Function to Determine Plunger Force on Solenoid Actuator

I am designing a solenoid actuator system and need help determining the kinematics. I need to know what the force from the solenoid would be as a function of the plunger's position. Would there be a ...
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Creating a linear actuator

so I am working on a project that involves opening and closing a two piece chamber made of rubber. I have to get a good seal on the chamber so no gases can pass through between the rubber pieces and ...
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Actuating Pencil To Draw Waveforms

I am looking to make a pencil whose tip moves to create a waveform as you move it across the paper.In essence, I want to be able to record a sound and then play the sound through the pencil whilst I ...
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I need help in rewiring a chicken coop pop door

4 years ago I purchased an automatic chicken pop door for my coop. It is 12 volts and the door opens at dawn and shuts at dusk by means of a photosensor. It is a home built device that works quite ...
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NO/NC AC Actuator

I'm looking to build some projector cases for a school gymnasium which is a high dust environment. I'm looking to create an enclosure with a solenoid/servo/actuator that will open the enclosure at the ...
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What is the speed of hard disk actuator arm?

There is a lot of material discussing the rotational speed of the magnetic disk in HDD but not about the rotational speed of actuator arm. What are the typical actuation speeds of the actuator in ...
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Small lock actuator controlled by single lipo

I am working on a project, in which I have a small box, in which I need it to be locked from the inside. It will have a panel on the front to enter in a code to open it. It needs to be very small, ...
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Can i use a push button switch to operate an actuator

Please forgive me if my question is just silly. Really strugling to find answers. I have bought what i belive to be a dpdt switch. It is however a push button switch. It is an 8 pole switch with 2 ...
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Is my 2 relay h-bridge safe?

I am trying to control a linear actuator using a cheap remote controlled 2 channel relay (it controls a gate for my workshop dust collector). I'm think it's as simple as connecting each relay the same ...
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Long Stroke Solenoid Actuator

I'm wondering if it's possible to create a solenoid actuator that would be very powerful, and fast enough to keep up with a human's movements, and also relatively long (roughly 7 inches). I found ...
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opening a door from a raspberry pi [closed]

I'm creating a cheap room escape in a box. The housing box has hidden doors and the Raspberry Pi inside should be able to open them at will. I've seen people using servos to open the thing, ...
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Weak and Cheap Linear Actuator? [closed]

I have a tiny tube that sprays lubricant but I need it to move between some holes in a line. The total distance is only 10 inches. So imagine the holes like this: ...
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Fast, long linear motion (about 60 cm/ 23 inches) [closed]

I'm currently researching a way to build a punch imitation (for boxing training) and for this i need a simple, fast (if it can be configurable great) and long linear motion which can handle a ...
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How to drive a linear actuator in both directions

I would like to drive in both directions my linear actuator (12VDC, 13A max). My electronic board outputs two signals (obviously, I also have GND signal): Forward: +12VDC (2A max) Backward: +12VDC (...
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How can I find a transistor that can drive a 2A actuator with 2.5kHz PWM?

I am looking for a transistor that drives an actuator, and the actuator requires 2A and 2.5 kHz PWM. I am using Arduino to generate the PWM to gate the transistor and then the transistor controls the ...
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Motor Controller Supply and Logic Supply Sharing Common Ground

I am working on an arduino powered project using DC motor linear actuators, and I have purchased a Cytron MDD10A dual channel motor controller to link my arduino controller to two actuators. The ...
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Using Linear Actuator as 'Coilgun'

If One were to have a Linear Actuator like shown below, could you efficiently use that coil as an accelerator for said Coil gun or Magnetic Linear Accelerator. I use the picture above as it is out of ...
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Small, two-way linear actuator

I'm looking for a certain component - not a concrete shopping recommendation, but rather if this kind of device exists and what it is called. I need a little actuator that has the following ...
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Linear actuator - Wiring and control

I have to use a linear actuator in my project and according to my need and availability I found this Linear actuator MEGAMAT2. This requires 24 V supply. But I am unable to understand the pin ...
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VFD or gearbox for Linear Actuator?

I'm designing a linear actuator for a particular application, and the electric motor I'll be using will be a 1/8 HP three-phase motor. I need to decrease rotation of the motor, and my first idea was ...
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Switching between +9V and -9V (using 5V logic)

I got some linear actuators today and found out that when I give them +9V they extend and -9V makes them contract. This is easy enough to test by hand, simply by wiring the actuator up to the battery ...
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How to choose electric motor for a linear actuator?

First of all, I'm an undergrad student of Mechanical Engineering, and I'm working on a project where the main component is a type of linear actuator which I'm going to design. I will use a roller ...
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Heavy duty DIY solenoid with 12 V

Is it possible to handle (push - pull) say eg., 50 lb of weight using 12 DC V with DIY solenoid. If yes, what do I need to consider? What make piston more stronger to push? To what limits should I ...
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Should I use a permanent magnet inside a solenoid for an electromagnet shuttle?

I'd like to make some kind of actuator/vibrator but much stronger. I thought of using a static, tubular solenoid, driven with AC current. Inside it would be a mobile permanent magnet cylinder (...
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how can i build a cheap linear actuator [closed]

I need a linear actuator for my IOT project but how do i make one and how do i use python to control it? i saw videos of people making it with glue sticks and servos but i don't think it will be ...
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Solenoid to launch tennis ball [closed]

I am interested in putting together a tennis ball launcher. It's accuracy/precision are not important. Even varying distance by ~50% or more per shot doesn't matter (it's for my dogs). What type ...
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Are electric linear solenoids the best option to push a capacitive screen button on a smartphone? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if electric linear solenoids are the best option to activate an interface element on the touch screen of my smart phone. I have also heard of linear actuators and pneumatics ...
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Should I wire my electrical actuators in series, parallel or a combination of both?

I'm working on a project that requires four (4) electrical linear actuators to work together. They must be driven at the same speed, simultaneously. Let's assume that I have four identical actuators ...
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Vibrating bracelet controlled from cell phone [closed]

I was inspired by this project: How do I build a bracelet that vibrates once every n minutes? but I want to take it a step further. The main idea is creating a vibrating bracelet that is controlled ...
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Does this brake control schematic make sense?

I am participating in a student project where we are building small, portable vehicles, starting with a pocket bike and some materials. We are also allowed to buy parts on our own. Our current plan ...
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linear actuator internal resistors

I have been trying for nearly a week now to try and build a mechanically locking box. I thought I could try using a linear actuator to do this, so I found a model I liked. My question is as follows: ...
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Micron-Scale Linear Actuation

I don't know a lot about linear actuation, but I need a precise device that I can control easily (using some kind of hobby board) that is able to perform linear positioning with a resolution of at ...
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Powering and operating dual electric linear actuators

I am in the process of building a height-adjusting desk. I am pretty good with computers (I'm a programmer), but I never learned much in the way of electrical engineering. I recently purchased two ...
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Linear actuator torque control

I want to build aplication where I will provide defined force with linear actuator. DC motor is going to be stalled most of the time and and controlled torque should be applied. So at the actuator ...