• Garage Door Upgrade Ideas with Linear Actuators

    A linear actuator, sometimes called a linear motor, push-rod motor or electric cylinder is an electro-mechanical device which changes rotational movement to linear movement. In short, an actuator simply moves load either vertically or horizontally.

    The use of actuators is becoming more popular in the modern setting and performs such functions as opening/closing, lifting/descending, pushing/pulling and so on. You’ll be amazed to know just how many of these mechanisms you encounter in your day-to-day life. Furthermore, industries such as marine, automotive, robotics among others are in constant use of this mechanism.

    Linear Actuators in Garage Projects

    It’s no secret that owning a garage has its own advantages, like improved security for your automobile and more than likely reducing your car insurance premium. Although there are many linear garage door openers manufacturers, the principle of their functioning is the same.
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  • How To Install Our Drop Down TV Lift

    The contemporary home design has seen a massive face lift over the last couple of years with more being spared for the living room, kitchen and master bedroom to the expense of the lesser bedrooms.

    Homes with more than four bedrooms tend to have a room which is technically a bedroom but hardly larger than a closet. These tiny rooms create design headaches as you have inadequate space to accommodate house furniture.

    Therefore, a hidden TV lift system is a much sought out solution for creating a room which is comfortable and still functional for the occupant. It’s no secret that a television set can take up a lot of square feet.

    The ceiling TV lift is one of the most popular systems which can be found in yachts, cruise ships, and home cinemas just to name a few. You can store your flat screen away when not in use and can have it drop down from the ceiling should you need it.
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  • Full Guide on Table Lifts: Types, Usage, How it Works

    Various machines, mechanisms, lathes, tools and miscellaneous equipment have become an integral part of numerous industrial applications. They provide both economic and production efficiency regardless of the final purposes of manufacture. A special category of equipment called table lifts will be reviewed in the this article.

    Table lifts are designed to perform lifting operations in various fields including furniture manufacturing, heavy machinery, woodworking, warehousing, printing, as well as household needs. Although a table lift system can be represented by different structural approaches like pneumatic, hydraulic and others, a product line of models driven by electric actuators like ours will be introduced in the article.

    The following lift tables are designed for household and industrial applications to lift heavy loads. Each lifting system enables you to automate a desired application. A user will be able to perform the required functions by simply pressing the buttons on a remote control.

    Depending on customer’s needs, the product range includes both three step and two step models. The operation of certain electric table lift mechanisms can be automated to memorized positions due to memory function. The lowest lifting capacity in the presented product line is 175lbs while the highest one is 880lbs. Stroke size is another essential value of any our products. Two models have 16'' stroke size, four models have 25.5'', and the values of 32'' and 18.1'' are introduced by one model each.
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  • Full Guide on TV Lifts: Types, Usage, How It Works

    A TV/home entertainment display has become an integral part of a living room or parlor. However, it does not mean that this device cannot be installed in other rooms. In fact, the role of digital screens in our life is rather significant since people prefer to obtain information in visual form nowadays. So regardless of the content you choose, it can be better to watch it on a large screen.

    At the same time, this state-of-the-art technological solution is not always a fit to a rooms interior design. Would you agree that a new LCD or LED looks out of the picture if placed in a room with vintage cabinetry? Other design styles may also reject a TV due to its incompatibility to an overall environment. In such cases, it is absurd to remove a display from a room and take it back when you need to watch the news or movies. In cases like that many people wish there were a possibility to hide TV on occasion. Sometimes our dreams come true.

    The solution is called a lift mechanism for TV. You might have seen television displays sliding up or down in various movies or series. Such a mechanism is a great way to combine high-tech innovation with an old-time atmosphere of a room. If you thought that this innovation was only available for some extraordinary people, we would like to share some ways you can have such a mechanism at your place.


    You enter a room with no displays on the walls or anywhere else. A simple click on a remote control induces a smart mechanism called a lifting actuator and a display appears as if out of nowhere. Such a situation may seem a bit fantastic it is very real. Nowadays, anyone can implement a TV lift system for their own needs.
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  • Information on Linear Actuators

    The modern times can be characterized as the era of digitization. Numerous gadgets and smart devices have become an integral part of an ordinary person’s life. People often forget about the simpler but not less important devices utilized in the daily practice. Some of them even have a mechanical drive, which the young generation can consider as an outdated technology. Anyhow, such devices or mechanisms do exist and occupy their niche in the whirl of the state-of-the-art innovations. The present article is dedicated to the range of products named linear actuators and their practical usefulness.


    A synonym to the word “actuator” is a “mover”. Actuating means inducing a movement. When we talk about a linear actuator, we mean a device inducing a motion in a straight line. The word "motion" can envisage different meanings: closing/opening, lifting/descending, pushing/pulling, blocking/ejecting etc.

    Such mechanisms are widely used at industrial facilities and in household applications. Everything set in motion is impossible without an actuator. So, this product deserves a title of a significant device in the modern life.


    Based on the energy type, the actuators are divided into various types. The categorization of actuators depends on the type of energy applied to cause a motion. Currently, this mechanism can convert mechanical energy, power from electricity, air, and liquid into a motion. Different types of actuators have different advantages and disadvantages. Let’s have a look at each one separately. Continue reading READ ARTICLE »

  • How Stroke Size Effects Overall Actuator Dimensions

    Here at Progressive Automations we want to make sure our customers have all the resources necessary to select a linear actuator that fits the needs of whatever their project or application may be. One of the most important steps in finding that perfect actuator is selecting the proper stroke length. We've... READ ARTICLE »
  • Our New Mini Track Linear Actuator

    We've recently added another new actuator model to our already diverse selection of electric linear actuators and we wanted to give a little introduction to this new unit. This new actuator is the PA-08 Mini Track Linear Actuator. This mini track actuator model combines the designs of two of our other actuator... READ ARTICLE »
  • Intro To MegaMoto Motor Controllers

    Two of our most popular motor controllers are the LC-80 MegaMoto Plus H bridge and the LC-81 MegaMoto GT, which act as shields for our Arduinos and can control our linear actuators. They can be configured as a single H-bridge circuit or as two individual half-bridge circuits. They are usable for... READ ARTICLE »
  • Pulse Width Modulation vs Variable Voltage Control

    When controlling the speed of a DC motor, like the ones found in our electric linear actuators, it is possible to use both Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and Analog Voltage Control however there are large benefits to one (PWM) over the other (Analog Voltage). When varying the voltage of a DC motor... READ ARTICLE »
  • Monitoring Actuator Current with an LCD Screen

    In this blog post we will be learning how to monitor the current of a linear actuator using an LCD screen. Using an LCD screen is a great option because it lets you see just how much current the actuator is using and also lets you adjust the current limits as needed... READ ARTICLE »

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