A Collection of 12 Volt Actuators From Progressive Automations

Progressive Automations is one of the leading manufacturers of linear actuators for industrial and home automation. It possesses a vast collection of actuators for different purposes. Depending on the automation project you have, the area of implementation as well as the actual operating environment, you can observe several types of them. The most popular and demanded among the available collection is a 12 volt actuator with can be easily wired and incorporated. 

Linear actuators are electromechanical devices that convert electrical energy into the energy of a pushing or retracting movement of a rod. Typically, each linear actuator has an electric motor, a gearbox, a lead screw, a stem, and often, but not always, limit switches. Sometimes drives are additionally equipped with encoders – which help determine the position of the rod in space or the speed of its movement. Encoders differ in the principle of operation, there are optical, induction, magnetic, and capacitive, but most often induction and magnetic types are used in linear drives. 

The most common linear actuators presented by Progressive Automations are 12V and  24V, which give the best voltage drop and safety. There are electric, induction, hydraulic, and pneumatic actuators for different needs.

How to Control 12 Volt Linear Actuator

Controllers are usually devices that switch relay or power transistor outputs according to the required polarity and time. The signal for re-switching the outputs can be either a radio signal from the remote control or a conventional remote button.

Here you will find full-fledged control units for swing gates, as well as single control modules for linear drives. Remote control of light and raising/lowering the working surface of the tabletop. PWM controllers that allow you to adjust the speed of a linear actuator or the brightness of a light bulb or LED strip. Special panels for swing gate controllers and their control boards. Offered linear actuator controllers operate on both 12V and 24V voltages. Different options are available today for customers.

Widespread Implementation of Linear Actuators for Home

Linear actuators are often used in luxury furniture, such as recliner chairs and sofas, where the backrest and leg position can be adjusted.

Characteristic features:

  • Progressive Automations linear actuators operate with minimal noise and for extended periods of time.
  • They have a compact structure and work on a high-quality motor. Also, these actuators have the advantages of high precision, full synchronization, good self-locking mechanism, high safety level, high clamping force, and easy operation.
  • Linear actuators are incredibly durable. We also provide a wide range of mounts.

Common Examples of Linear Actuator Application in Furniture

Recliner chair

Recliner chairs differ from traditional chairs in that they use flexible linear actuators.

1. With just one press of the button on the remote control, you can easily and flexibly adjust the position of the recliner chair.

2. Another feature of the linear actuator is the presence of a self-locking function, which prevents unwanted reclining of the chair back in the event of a power failure, thereby preventing possible damage to the actuator.

Massage chair

Linear actuators are compact, have low noise, and are self-locking. They can work with absolutely different supply voltages, compatible with diverse types of plugs. In addition, linear actuators are equipped with a control panel. 

Adjustable beds

Linear actuators can be built into the bed to easily raise or lower the headboard or headboard. A modified version of the traditional bed allows you to watch TV or read a book on a more comfortable bed, creating a place to relax and taking into account individual preferences. This kind of design has become more and more popular in recent years.

Motorized TV Lift

The motorized TV lift is equipped with a linear actuator to adjust the height of the TV by raising, lowering, and rotating the actuator. Depending on the room and the extra space available under the floor, in the cabinet, bedside table, or ceiling, there are several options for hiding your favorite TV.

What Should I Know About Before Choosing a Linear Actuator?

The number of ideas where you can apply linear actuators is unlimited. Proper drive selection is essential to any successful automation project.

Specific requirements require the creation of a unique design solution. In order to choose the right drive, the application and the relevant technical limitations must be taken into account: speed, load, duty cycle, available space, and operating environment.

The choice of the type of electric drive depends on many parameters. It is important to select a linear actuator that will meet the requirements of the application.

Each application implies a list of requirements that are essential when choosing the appropriate drive. However, the order budget is also taken into account in the design. To select the most suitable device, it is necessary to evaluate all these parameters.

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