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Things to Consider When Trying to Install Actuators Properly

In the world of automated production, there are a number of parts that have to work together. Depending on the size and scope of the machines you run, you will have a whole host of different components to maintenance and keep up with. Among the most important parts in any production based machine are actuators. The actuators are small motors that make moving and controlling the machine possible. These actuators can be powered by a number of things such as hydraulic fluid or pneumatic pressure. In order to have your actuators work properly, you will need to install the right way. The following are a few things to consider when trying to get your actuators installed the right way.

Finding the Load Centre

The first thing you need to do when trying to install your actuators the right way is to make sure the load is balanced. You want to have the actuator near the centre of gravity of the machine to reduce having the load unbalanced. By doing this, you will be able to reduce the damage done to your actuators and your machines. Trying to put the actuator on the side of the machine will only cause issues like binding and the build-up of pressure on one side of the apparatus.

Ensure the Duty-Cycle of the Actuator

Another factor you have to consider when trying to install your actuator the right way is the duty cycle of the unit. This is just a fancy word to describe that amount of weight and force the actuator can handle. The last thing you want to do is put an actuator on your machines that is not able to stand up to the abuse due to the negative consequences it will bring.

Check the Operation of Your Limit Switch

When trying to get your actuators installed the right way, you need to also check to ensure the load switch on your system is working the right way. The limit switch tells your actuators when it is time to stop performing one task and start the other. If this switch is not functioning properly, then you will need to get a professional to take a look at it. In some cases, you will need to replace it to ensure proper function. The time and effort you spend installing your actuators the right way will be well worth it in the end.


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