Robotic Automation

Linear actuators and robotics are becoming more prevalent than ever 

With technology constantly improving and upgrading nowadays, the robotics industry has started to become more and more popular. Technology has never been more advanced than it is now and shows no signs of slowing down and same could be said of robotics. It honestly feels like fully automated robots aren’t that far off anymore, while in the past they felt centuries away. And a major factor in the growth of technology and robotics just so happens to be linear actuators.

Robotics (and automation in general) is a great way to help eliminate the risk of human error for jobs and projects of all types. They can also be used for safety reasons as well, going into areas that would otherwise be dangerous or even impossible to get to by normal means. And with the technology behind them always getting better it’s only natural that they start being used in more and more environments. One of these environments is the welding and manufacturing industry. Welding and manufacturing requires steady and consistent performance over long periods of time and even though humans are capable, this is the type of job that is much more suited for linear actuator powered robotics. The actuators give precise control of the force and speed required to apply high quality welds and ensure a longer lifespan of the welded product.

They can also be used for safety reasons as well, going into areas that would otherwise be dangerous or even impossible to get to by normal means. Some great examples of this would be sending a remote controlled robot into a nuclear power plant to collect samples, or even sending one into a warzone to disarm a bomb.  Linear actuators are primarily used for the arm portion of robotic mechanisms because of their (usually) long, tubular design. With that actuator powered arm the robot has the ability to extend its reach and fit into tight spaces and complete tasks such measuring the amount of radiation in a power plant.

Machine vs human

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the rise of robotics is its ability to give people a second chance at things they may have thought would never be possible again. I am referring to robotic prosthetics, which are slowly getting closer and closer to becoming a real, functional replacement to traditional prosthetics. In today’s technological landscape it is now possible for robotic prosthetics to perform tasks like picking up a glass of water. This is made possible through neural signs that are sent from the brain to the arm with sensors that are hooked up to the prosthetic. An actuators role in this process is helping the prosthetic make these motions, with linear movement perfect for repetitive motions like opening and closing a hand.

If you'd like to learn more about linear actuators and some of the other interesting projects or jobs that they are used for then take a look at our Youtube channel. If you are interested in purchasing linear actuators or motion control systems from Progressive Automations please contact us today!

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