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    Linear Actuators

    We carry the largest inventory of Linear Actuators for every application

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    Heavy Duty
    Linear Slide Rails

    Our adjustable slide rails are capable of carrying up to 750lbs of weight

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    Accessories

    We have everything you need to add motion to your project

Frequently asked questions

What is a Linear Actuator?

A linear actuator is a device that converts the rotational motion of an AC or DC motor into linear motion – that is, it will provide both push and pull movements.

By pushing and pulling it is possible to lift, drop, slide, adjust, tilt, push or pull objects, simply by pushing a button.

Additionally, Linear Actuators provide a safe and clean movement with accurate motion control that you, the operator have full control over. They are energy efficient and have a long lifetime with little or no maintenance.

Read our Blog post Linear Actuators 101 to read more

How do linear actuators work?

The Linear motion is created by using a screw or Lead-screw as they are more correctly called. The screw turns either clockwise or counter-clock-wise and this causes the shaft, which is basically a nut on the screw to move up and down the screw as the screw turns. This is what creates the linear motion.

The motors used are either AC or DC motors, most however run on 12v dc, but other voltages are also optional.  To make the Actuator go the other way you simple reverse the wires from the Actuator (reverse polarity) from the battery or power supply. This is typically done through a switch that automatically reverses the polarity to the motor for you.

Firgelli created a Technical Blog post you can visit here. How do linear actuators work?

What are the different types of Linear Actuators?

There are many different types sizes and styles of Linear Actuators. the Most common type is a Rod style where a Rod shaft slides in and out of the body. These create the linear motion required to be called a Linear Actuator. Other types include, Track Actuators, Column Actuators, and within each type there will be different control methods. For more detail read our Blog posts titled Types of Electric Linear Actuators

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Our Industries

Our products have been used in every application you can imagine from home automation to space exploration.

Home automation has increased in popularity over the past few years with new smart home products and software emerging for many applications. The barrier for entry to your utopian home or any “smart” application is the high cost as these solutions, though convenient, are quite expensive for the average consumer. With our range of actuators, accessories and world-class tech support, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of automation at the fraction of the cost. Whether you need to save space by lifting a TV in and out of view or save lives by lifting heavy, bullet proof windows on your armored vehicles, Firgelli Automations has the best products for your project.

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Customization

Because of the broad-range of applications, we also provide additional products and support to help you complete your project.

Our inventory includes everything needed to integrate our actuators into your real-world projects. We carry a large assortment of custom mounting brackets and slide rails to install our actuators to just about any surface. We also carry power supplies, Arduino microcontrollers, motors and switches so you can get started immediately on getting your project in motion.

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Customer Support

Our knowledgeable support team are highly trained in our products with many years of experience helping customers find the right actuators for their projects.

We’re committed to customer satisfaction with a readiness to answer your questions whether you’re a seasoned engineer or an entry-level hobbyist. Give us a call or email us your questions and we can begin helping you get your project in motion.

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I have been very pleased with the mechanical action of the actuators. They seem to have little or no backlash, which seems to be attributable to their plastic worm gear on metal worm, plastic nut on the screw, and good overall design and construction. We've been able to reliably run them at very low voltages (~2V) and still get good, smooth motion.

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