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Posts in the Actuators category

Firgelli Introduces the new Mini Bullet Actuator with built in force sensing for Skylight windows or many other applications

These Actuators come with force sensing built in, this means if they bump into something or when they get to the end of their stroke they automatically stop moving until you either change direction or remove the load

Skylight window actuator

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, skylight, window | Read more

Using a Linear Actuator to Create a RC Power Wheels Vehicle

Power wheels ride on cars and trucks are dream toys for many children (and their parents too).  For the creative parent who likes a challenge they also provide many opportunities for modification.  In fact, there is a whole web forum devoted to Modified Power Wheels!  And Firgelli is supplying a lot of the feedback linear actuators used to modify the vehicles to remote control. 

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, Automated Vehicles, How To, Linear Actuator, linear actuators, Outdoors, remote control | Read more

Automated Secret Library Door using Linear Actuators

This Secret door is an amazing project that uses a Firgelli linear actuator and an Arduino to open and close a secret door either by pulling on a book or using a secret knock! 

automatic secret door

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, hidden storage, home automation, Linear Actuator, linear actuators, secret door | Read more

Build a Flip Down TV Lift You Can Be Proud Of

In this post we are going to show you how we built a flip down in ceiling TV lift using a linear actuator, some brackets, a remote control, and a power supply.  Many of our customers have used actuators to create inexpensive TV lifts in homes, offices, cars, and boats. 

 

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, drop down, flip down, hidden TV, home automation, How To, TV Lifts | Read more

Four Steps to Choosing the Right Linear Actuator

This blog post is for those who are new to linear actuators and are looking for some guidance in choosing an actuator for a project.

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, column lift, DIY, Home Automation, How To, Linear Actuator, rod actuator, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Landcruiser Roof lift using 4 Tubular Linear Actuators

One of our customers wanted to replace their air ram actuators with our Electric Linear Actuators to lift the roof up on their truck. In this application the Actuators are used slightly differently to how most other people use them

Motorized TV Lift with Home Automation Integration

TV Lift MechanismNew home buyers at some point or another need to make a hard decision: make the TV the focal point of the room, or keep the fireplace or mantel piece the main attraction. For Mike, an avid handyman and IT professional, compromise was not an option either way. 
By 3PL Services | | Actuators, DIY, Drop Down TV, Home Automation, How To, Linear Actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Automated Toolbox - Commercial Truck Utility Bed

Toolbox ActuatorCommercial trucks with toolboxes or utility beds could all benefit from a bit of automation. By simply replacing the gas shocks on a utility bed you could control the hatches, doors, and drawers with a push of a button from up to 30 feet away. Automated vehicles are becoming more useful as technology advances, and we will show you how to get set up. Read more to find out how to set up your own automated toolbox with our step by step approach.

Linear Actuator Equipped Vessel Outperforms

Automated VesselTwo universities from Florida built an automated vessel which outperformed in a marine competition, where their autonomous dual hull boat was able to dock, navigate, and position itself with an intelligent actuator control system. Read more for how they did it and links to their team page.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Actuators, Boat Hatch, DIY, Home Automation, Linear Actuator, Marine Automation, Outdoors | Read more