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What does a linear actuator do?

2023-10-17

A linear actuator is a device that converts rotational motion into linear motion, producing movement in a straight line. It is used in a wide range of applications to move or control a load.

Linear actuators typically consist of a motor, a gear or ball screw mechanism, and a guide system that ensures the output shaft moves in a straight line. The motor rotates the screw or gear mechanism, which drives the output shaft linearly.

The primary function of a linear actuator is to provide linear motion or force to move or control a load. Depending on the specific application, linear actuators may be used to lift, push, pull, or position objects. They are often used in industrial automation, robotics, medical equipment, and aerospace applications.

Linear actuators can be powered by various sources, including electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic. They come in different sizes and with different force outputs, making them suitable for a wide range of applications. They are often used in situations where precise control over linear motion is required.

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