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Linear actuators for mechanical project

  1. Dec 16, 2012 #1
    Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help me out here. I'm working on a project that needs two fast linear actuators which I'm planning to control with the Arduino logic board, but I can't seem to find anything that suits what I need. Here are the specs.

    -Type of actuator: Linear
    -Minimum acceptable speed: 100 mm/s
    -Minimum acceptable load: 5kg
    -Input: Signal from Arduino UNO logic board
    -Frequency: Approx 10 Hz

    I would appreciate any help that you guys could give me. All the actuators that I've found online are either too weak or too slow.
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  3. Dec 17, 2012 #2
    Dependent on the duty cycle required you could possibly overvolt http://www.servocity.com/html/25_lbs__thrust_linear_actuator.html
    these @ 24VDC and get the 100mm/sec required.
    If the actuators need to run more than intermittently, I would contact ServoCity about their recommendations. They've been easy to work with for this sort of thing in my experience.
  4. Dec 22, 2012 #3
    Max travel?
  5. Dec 24, 2012 #4
    Around 18"
  6. Dec 24, 2012 #5
    This looks like it will work:


    You can wire up a DPDT relay for each actuator to be controlled by the Arduino. Though with the 10hz signal I suspect you'd be better off with something like a high-current analog switch IC. (high-current solid state relay)
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