Projects, How-to's, and Articles

How to Build a Motorized/Automated Boat Hatch

So you want to install actuators on your existing boat hatch? It's quite east and once you have the parts in hand it really shouldn't take you longer than an hour to install one or two actuators
By 3PL Services | | Boat Hatch, Marine Actuators, Marine Automation | 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

How to use a Track Actuator to lift and lower a TV thats mounted to a wall

Check out these 4 videos. The customer here used a Track Actuator with 30" stroke to drop a TV from the ceiling

By Robbie Dickson | | Read more

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.

Snow Plow Linear Actuators for a Snow Blower Chute

What you will need for allowing remote control adjustment of your snow plow blade:

Linear Actuator for snow chute
By 3PL Services | | How To, snow chute, snow plow, snowchute, snowplow | Read more

How to Use an Arduino with Firgelli Automations Linear Actuators

Arduino and ActuatorsIf you're just getting into Arduino, you may not be aware that you can't just connect a big motor to the pins of the board and start moving it.  You have to use some switching mechanism to carry the high current load.  You can use a motor driver or H-bridge, but the simplest, fastest way is to use a couple relays or a relay board.  You have two options when using an Arduino with a linear actuator.
By Firgelli Automations Team | | Read more

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.

Motorized pop up hidden secret drawer

In this project we wanted to use a Linear Actuator Column lift to lift up out of a cabinet counter top a drawer that in this case holds an expensive bottle of wine and glasses but it really could be anything such as a safe, or anything.

By Robbie Dickson | | Read more

Home Automation

Home Automation can be as simple as installing a TV Lift, a Pop Down TV or a programmable thermostat.  Either way the aim is to simplify your life and help you live comfortably by automating everyday tasks and giving you access to your home when you're away or whilst your home via remotes and smartphones

Drop down tv lift

By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Read more

Drop Down TV Lift Project

Do you want to impress your guests with Drop down TV lifts? Then you are at the right place. You will not only save space but you can also maintain a beautiful view without covering it with television.

Drop down tv lift

By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Read more

Home Automation - Drop Down TV Lift over Fireplace

Drop Down TV Lift MechanismEvery so often, we get these great pictures from our customers, revealing the simplicity and elegance that our products can bring if combines with the right creativity and ideas. In this case, the idea came from necessity, as a man's dear wife couldn't stand to have the TV sitting on her beautiful stone lined fireplace. 'Happy wife, happy life' seems to hold true.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | DIY, Drop Down TV, Home Automation, How To, TV Lifts | Read more

Color Matched and Automated Tonneau Cover Electric Lift

Remote Control Tonneau CoverFirgelli Automations is proud to have such a varied and loyal client base. The following is an article which was sent to us which features a truck that was modified using two of our light duty rod actuators.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Automated Tonneau Cover, Automated Vehicles, Automotive, DIY, How To | Read more

Supporting Boat Hatches, Shipbuilders, and Marine Enthusiasts with Linear Actuators

Electric Remote Control Boat Hatch LiftOver the past twelve years, Firgelli Automations has had the opportunity to supply a few thousand clients with linear actuators for applications including boat hatches, steering controls, anchors, and many more marine uses.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Boat Hatch, How To, Marine Actuators | Read more

Linear Actuator Basics, so how does a Linear Actuator work

Are you new to actuators? Have you just learned what an actuator is? You're not alone, and we're happy to help! This page is for you, and we will try to include all the information we can that you need to make an educated decision when selecting what actuator is right for you. Also, we will be sure to update this article regularly with any information we think will be helpful. 

inside a linear actuator

How does a linear actuator work

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuator, how does a linear actuator work, How To, linear | Read more

RC Power Wheels Project for a Disabled Child

Actuators and Power WheelsThe selfless and noble mission undertaken by the loving family of an equally loving and upbeat young man with cerebral palsy. They helped improve his quality of life by the combination of a power wheels truck, an actuator, and some real engineering skill.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | How To | Read more

How to Install a Linear Actuator - Making Chores Easier

At Firgelli Automations, we understand that most people aren't used to wiring motors or other electronics besides plugging a charger into a wall outlet. The following video was created to prove just how easy it is to install and operate a linear actuator.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | How To | Read more

Blumen Lumen - High Tech Art Featured at Burning Man 2014

Actuators and ArtStanding nearly 20ft tall, the flowers had to be as strong as they were beautiful. When buffeted with up to 60mp/h winds the folded structure of the flower buds held up impressively. The arid climate of the desert did not interfere with any of the mechanical workings of the masterpiece, and the linear actuators supplied by Firgelli Automations were not compromised by the wind or heat of the extreme environment.
By 3PL Services | | Read more

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