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Hidden Secret door in the Library using Linear Actuators to open and close the door

We like to share customer projects that are novel and unique. In this project the customer wanted to slide out at Door before it swings open. This is needed because they wanted the door to appear as a hidden door when its closed and still look like part of the wall.

secret hidden door

Customers Metal Art that opens upon approach

We like to share some projects we find are particularly different. this Customer used a Firgelli Heavy Duty Industrial Linear Actuator (https://www.firgelliauto.com/collecti...) and then along with a proximity sensor purchased from our Robotics website (https://www.FirgelliRobots.com) this allows the artwork to open up automatically when someone approaches it.

LInear Actuator metal art robotics

By Firgelli Automations Team | | art automation, home automation, Linear Actuator, linear actuators | Read more

How to Make a Drop Down TV Lift

In our kitchen we have these cupboards above the sink, we thought it would be a great idea to see if we could build a simple drop down TV lift that would drop down from the cabinet by remote control

Drop down TV Lift

How to Make an Automated Spice Rack In this age of smart homes and the Internet of Things (IoT)

It’s becoming increasingly popular to automate everything. The kitchen is a perfect room to create motion control as there are many cupboards, shelves and racks that can easily be automated.

Automated Spice rack

By 3PL Services | | linear Actuator, spice rack | 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

Ikea Hack: Remote Control Slide Out TV Using an Actuator

Looking for an original way to hide your TV? This project modifies an existing TV cabinet where the TV is meant to be mounted on the front and instead has it slide out from the side using a track linear actuator.

slide out tv with actuator

By Firgelli Automations Team | | hidden TV, home automation, How To, Linear Actuator, remote control, track actuator, TV Lifts | 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

Now You Can Hang Your TV Where You Want and Hide it at the Touch of a Button

Looking for a solution to the age-old argument about where to hang the TV?  Take a look at this creative solution that hides the TV inside the wall!   A track linear actuator lifts the painting up and down to reveal a flat screen TV.  Thank you to our customer André for sharing this great project.

age-old argument

By Firgelli Automations Team | | drop down, hidden TV, home automation, How To, Linear Actuator, track actuator, 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

Linear Actuators Used to Help Paralyzed Motorcycle Riders

 Here is an amazing story how our Linear Actuators are being used to modify motorcycles for paralyzed riders. Watch Lee Beaver’s amazing story and see his bike in action here.
By Firgelli Automations Team | | Linear Actuator | 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.