AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION

In an industry that is defined by schedules, weather conditions, dust and dirt and even some rough handling, actuators used in construction equipment, including diggers, wheeled loaders and crawler vehicles are built for durability, reliability and longevity. Because they are a very simple mechanism that converts motion into energy, it can be adapted to any number of construction related, automation applications. Especially in the construction industry where equipment failure can be expensive, particularly in the loss of repeat business, they have the advantage of being more cost effective and user-friendly than other types that use pumps and hoses or are susceptible to leaks and environmental damage.

Anywhere there is the need for some time of movement, pushing, pulling, forward, backward, actuators are most likely at work. The construction industry uses them to provide motion in a variety of highway vehicles and other kinds of construction equipment. Where adjustment motion is important, construction industry applications include hood lifts, steps, foot boards, throttles, steering wheels, seats, side mirrors and hatches.

In a front-end loader, for example, actuators improve personal comfort, maximize the principles of ergonomics more effectively and increase productivity. They will position the steering wheel; tilt the cabin for easy access; adjust the throttle; lift the hood; and adjust the ladder. They can also multiply the force used in repetitive tasks like controlling fork lifts, cherry pickers, and backhoes.

Construction machinery that includes safety baskets, work platforms, aerial decks and vehicle mounted signs all use linear motors to move up and down. A set of folding lights on a construction vehicle can be folded down or extended up with their help. They are also used to extend and extract the work area platform of freestanding lifts.

Actuators designed for the construction industry are customized for rugged environments and extreme conditions. In many construction applications, they perform better than their hydraulic and pneumatic counterparts because they are easier to use and simpler to maintain. From automation with feedback to high speed automation, these linear devices have your back.

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