Mini linear actuators is a category of linear drives composed in a compact form factor, which are applied in robotics, automation, and for the experimental purposes of tech enthusiasts and amateurs all over the world. We suggest taking a look at three particular models of mini linear actuators that we consider exemplary in the related price segment.
Mini linear actuator PA-14 from Progressive Automations
Progressive Automations has been operating on the US market for over ten years. It specializes in the production of linear actuators, controllers, TV lifts, as well as all types of mounting brackets for the reliable fixation of miscellaneous parts. The company provides both low- and high-power device models. Having also one of the most reasonable pricing policies out there, all of the Progressive Automations production comes with an 18-month warranty and can be individually configured and customized in accordance with particular customer requirements. As for linear actuators featuring a compact shape factor, the PA-14 models deserves particular attention.
A mini linear actuator of an average power consumption type PA-14 features the IP54 class electrical enclosure. The motions fluctuate within the confine of 0.37-2.00 inches per second (with a 35 to 150 lbs of load respectively). The permissible temperature is -25…+65 degrees by Celsius. In general, the mentioned characteristics are quite enough to use this drive in rough weather conditions. In particular, the device will be extensively efficient not only in the domestic automation solutions but also in the agricultural sector or even in the advanced robotics. Additionally, PA-14 also comes with a mounting bracket made of aluminum.
It’s noticeable that this model consumes very little power (only 12 volts), which allows connecting it even to autonomous power-supply sources (e.g. to systems that consume the electric limited charge generator power). PA-14, being composed practically fully from metallic parts, has been praised by customers as the most reliable mini linear actuator (as opposed to competitive products) on multiple occasions.
Bullet series mini linear actuators from Firgelli Automations
Firgelli Automations, existing in the market since 2004, also specializes in the manufacturing of linear actuators and TV lifts.
If we are talking about linear drives with a miniature body, we’d recommend taking a look at devices from the Bullet series. Despite the compact dimensions, there are very powerful items able to push 20-110 lbs with the speed of 0.433-0.138 inches per second respectively. The power consumption requirements remain pretty humble at that – depending on a certain model, either 12V or 24V. Actuators in this series are made from the T6061 aluminum (a very light metal). The permissible temperature – +5 to +40 degrees by Celsius. It features the electrical enclosure of the IP66 class, which is a great option for such little guys that seem so small and fragile at first glance.
The unique feature of the Bullet series actuators is a power sensor, which automatically blocks any motions in the case an obstacle get in the way. This helps prevent hardware damage. These Firgelli Automations devices cost much more than the drives from the previous manufacturer – they start at $160.
Mini linear actuators of the L12 Series from Actuonix
Actuonix is another renowned brand which assortment of products includes more than 160 various electric devices models.
The most common way to employ such actuators is to couple them with an Arduino microcontroller. All in all, such a combination of devices is quite affordable (the L12 series drives cost no more than $100 while Arduino products are even cheaper). They have only one disadvantage, in our opinion – some plastic parts that decrease the lifespan of a device.
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