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In this collection of Blog posts, there is a very large selection of blogs and articles written all about the world of Linear Actuators. Here you will find everything you could ever need to know about Actuators, from how they are built, to the many different types of linear actuators, to how to install, run and operate them. There are also many articles about how they are used and installed in many every day applications with plenty of videos, tutorials, wiring diagrams and much more.

Linear Actuators are used in just about every application and industry you can think of, plus there are many different types of Actuators each with its own set of unique features and characteristics that make each one suitable for that specific function. Electric linear Actuators are what FIRGELLI® has focused on for over 20 years so this set of articles should cover just about every topic you can think of when it comes to the world of Linear Motion and Electric point to point motion control.

Recent Blogs

8 places where Rotary Actuators are used
8 places where Rotary Actuators are used

Rotary actuators are used in a variety of industrial, commercial and residential applications. Some common examples include: Manufacturing and industrial automation. Medical equipment. Automotive: Rotary actuators

The Future of Home Automation
The Future of Home Automation
What does the future of Home Automation Look like. Home automation, also known as smart home technology, refers to the use of technology to control and...
Snow Blower Chute Actuator [with updated product list: Winter '22]
Snow Blower Chute Actuator [with updated product list: Winter '22]
The most popular units for this application are the Premium Line and Classic Rod Actuators. The best practice is to install the actuator with the shaft facing downwards....
Teslabot Robot Actuators
How do Tesla Bot Actuators actually work
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently unveiled the company's Tesla Bot. The robot code-named Optimus shuffled across a stage, waved its hand, and pumped its arms in...
Your Complete Guide to Actuators. We cover what is an actuator, how actuators work, types of actuators, how to choose an actuator, and real-world applications.
A Comprehensive Guide to Actuators. What are They, Types of Actuators, and How They Work
Actuators require both a control mechanism and an energy supply. Typically, the control device is a valve. The valve requires a low-energy signal to activate....
Actuators - Components of an Electric Linear Actuator
Actuators - Components of an Electric Linear Actuator
An electric linear actuator converts the energy of an AC or DC electric motor. It turns the rotation of the motor into linear movement. It does...
The NEW Adjustable Limit Switch Actuators (with Live Video)
The NEW Adjustable Limit Switch Actuators (with Live Video)
One of our most consistent requests is for in-between stroke lengths on small projects; The 24 inch Premium unit is too short, but the next...
How Linear Actuators were used on this old 1952 Chevy Truck
How Linear Actuators were used on this old 1952 Chevy Truck
Just because its old doesnt mean it cannot have modern features. This old 1952 Heavy Chevy has been converted to use Linear Actuators to lift the...
compare micro actuators
Comparison of Micro Actuators
First of all, the term Micro refers to a size of control. A micron is another measurement of particle size. A micron is one-millionth of...
What Are Micro Linear Actuators?
What Are Micro Linear Actuators?
In Simple terms a Micro Linear Actuator is basically a Small Actuator with a small body size and therefore a small stroke range. A typical...
Where Are Micro Linear Actuators Used?
Where Are Micro Linear Actuators Used?
Actuators are not a topic that makes headlines or spawns blogs like artificial intelligence and machine learning, but the role that they play in our modern world...
what is an actuator
What is an Actuator?
How do actuators transform energy into mechanical power?  This blog post will explain how different types of actuators transform different types of energy into linear...
Determining the Force Being Delivered by Your Linear Actuator
Determining the Force Being Delivered by Your Linear Actuator
When selecting a linear actuator for any project, you should always determine an estimate of the amount of force required from your linear actuator as it is...
Types of Actuators
Types of Electric Linear Actuators
Rod-style linear actuators are the most commonly seen actuators. The basic rod-style actuator consists of a motor, gearbox, lead screw, and a rod. The motor converts...
What are Track Linear Actuators?
What are Track Linear Actuators?
When shopping for a linear actuator, youll see various styles of actuators, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Two styles that seem to have similar specifications...
What is Stroke in Linear Actuator?
What is the Stroke of a Linear Actuator?
A term often used when discussing the specifications of different linear actuators is their stroke or stroke length. If this is...
IP Rating Guide of Firgelli Automation’s Linear Actuators
IP Rating Guide of Firgelli Automation’s Linear Actuators
Many applications of linear actuators require the actuator to be exposed to dust, debris, and/or water, but not all linear actuators are suitable for those applications. So,...
Feedback Options for Linear Actuators
Feedback Options for Linear Actuators
Utilizing feedback to ensure precise movements is key in any automation project from robotic to TV lifts. Proper implementation of feedback allows for accurate closed...
How Strong of a Linear Actuator Do I Need?
How Strong of a Linear Actuator Do I Need?
The strength of a linear actuator is the amount of force it can deliver. It is typically seen in terms of Newtons (N) for metric units and...
How Do You Size a Linear Actuator?
How Do You Size a Linear Actuator?
This article will help you size an appropriate linear actuator for your application and will cover some key criteria that can used to identify the...
How to Sync Two Linear Actuators using an Arduino
How to Sync Two Linear Actuators using an Arduino
Synchronous motion between mutliple linear actuators can be vital to the success of some customer applications, one common one being two linear actuators opening a...
Linear Actuator basics - How does a Linear Actuator work?
Linear Actuator basics - How does a Linear Actuator work?
Are you new to actuators? Have you just learned what an actuator is? You are not alone, and we are happy to help! This page...
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All About Linear Actuators: The Simple Guide
As you prepare to get started on your project, you may be wondering what type of linear actuator you need and what a linear actuator...
Firgelli Introduces the new Mini Bullet Actuator with built in force sensing for Skylight windows or many other applications
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...

How to Make a Flip up Cover face plate for an Outdoor TV
How to Make a Flip up Cover face plate for an Outdoor TV
We show you how to use 2 Linear Actuators to make a TV Face plate cover flip up, so that you can watch TV Outside....
how to Build a Hidden TV Lift
See How Easily You Can Build a Hidden TV Lift and Bar
Looking for an innovative way to hide your TV? Why not create a hidden bar while you are it and have them both operated by...
Are sit & standing desks as beneficial as they are trendy?
Are sit & standing desks as beneficial as they are trendy?

According to a new study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health, they are — but not just for workers’ health....

what are some Popular Micro Actuator Use Cases
What are some Popular Micro Actuator Use Cases
 Micro actuators are used in a wide range of applications, from consumer electronics and medical devices to aerospace and industrial automation. The small size, high...
Just how big is the Robotic Actuator market globally
Just how big is the Robotic Actuator market globally
The robotic actuator market is a rapidly growing market, driven by the increasing adoption of robotics and automation in various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare,...
TVL-180 TV lift with Mounted Flatscreen
TVL-180 TV Lift Set Up Guide and Info
A Firgelli TV-Lift system is one of the most convenient and versatile automation units for your home. In this article, we will walk through the...
What Are Linear Actuators?
What Are Linear Actuators?
What Are Linear Actuators? Since the electric motor invention, engineers have been searching for ways to use their principle of operation to generate linear motion...
Home Automation Robotics for kids
Home Automation Robotics for kids

Home Automation for kids. Watch this 7yr old make her chores easier by adding a remote control linear actuator to lift a blanket box lid

R2D2 Gripper uses a Firgelli Linear Actuators

The Star wars Robots require many linear actuators and motors to make them move the way we see in the...

Are Linear Actuators Waterproof?
Are Linear Actuators Waterproof?
Home automation isn’t limited to just indoor applications and many uses of linear actuators require them to be exposed to the elements. But is that safe? The...
How to control the speed of a linear actuator
How to control the speed of a linear actuator

The speed of a linear actuator can be controlled in several ways, including:

  1. PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) - This method involves controlling the duty...
How to Build a Pop Up Drawer in Your Wine Cellar That Provides Hidden Storage
How to Build a Pop Up Drawer in Your Wine Cellar That Provides Hidden Storage

Building a hidden pop up drawer is an easy and affordable way to create a one of a kind, distinctive, and original wine cellar. This...

how to build a drop down tv lift
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...

Ikea Hack: Remote Control Slide Out TV Using an Actuator
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...

Build a Flip Down TV Lift You Can Be Proud Of
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,...

snow plow linear actuator for snow chute
Snow Plow Linear Actuators for a Snow Blower Chute

Tis the season to be shoveling and plowing. We at FIRGELLI Automations want to make your winter more jolly in any way we can, and today...

How to Use an Arduino with Firgelli Automations Linear Actuators
How to Use an Arduino with Firgelli Automations Linear Actuators

If 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...

Four Steps to Choosing the right Linear Actuator
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 the right linear actuator for...

RV Slide-out Actuator
Linear Actuators for RV Vehicles - Why manufacturers use Firgelli RV Slide-out Actuators

Firgelli have been making Slide-out Linear Actuators for over a decade. Being located close to the RV Capital of the USA in Washington state we...

5 things you should know before buying a Linear Actuator
Don’t Buy a Linear Actuator Until You Read This

Are you tired of wasting your time and money searching for the best quality linear actuator? Frustrated by actuators that look identical but in reality...

Solar tracking mechanism - Solar tracking Linear Actuators
Solar Panel Tracking System Motion

A solar tracker is a device that tracks the sun as it moves on its path through the sky, exposing your PV cells to an increased...

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

Customers Metal Art that opens upon approach
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 and then along with a...

The Hargrove Adaptive Toy (HAT) Project, unveiled its first modified toy car for Emma with Cerebral Palsy

It uses a Linear Actuator to control the steering via a joystick as well as the throttle and brake. As you can see this makes...

How to Use an External Limit Switch with a Linear Actuator
How to Use an External Limit Switch with a Linear Actuator

An external limit switch is a very handy and cost effective means of controlling the travel of a linear actuator. In this article, we will...

Micro Actuator
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...

Making A Boat Autopilot Using A Linear Actuator For Under $350
Making A Boat Autopilot Using A Linear Actuator For Under $350
A mounting Bracket was fabricated from steel to hold the Linear Actuator. Here is a step by step guide on how we made a boat autopilot...
Using a Linear Actuator to Create a RC Power Wheels Vehicle
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...

Automated Secret Library Door using Linear Actuators
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...

First Ever Lamborghini Air Brake Wing Allows You to Drive Faster, Brake Harder, and Look Good Doing It!
First Ever Lamborghini Air Brake Wing Allows You to Drive Faster, Brake Harder, and Look Good Doing It!

What do you do when you race your car at 220 MPH down a 3.5 km runway and you run out of tarmac? Although you...

Introducing the Remote Controlled Adjustable Basketball Hoop From Hi-Riz Hoops

Here's an innovative solution to manually adjusting the height of your basketball hoop in your driveway. A linear actuator raises and lowers the hoop by...

At Last, Boston Whaler Boats Offer a Space Saving Electric Table Lift!

Electric linear actuators are the perfect solution to many yacht automation projects. A Firgelli actuator lifts and lowers this bow yacht table on a Boston...

Five Benefits of Electromechanical Actuators

According to a recent article in Machine Design electromechanical actuators are growing in popularity among many different industries.  Although there will always be applications better...

Linear Actuators Used to Help Paralyzed Motorcycle Riders
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...

How to Build a Motorized/Automated Boat Hatch
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...

Landcruiser Roof lift using 4 Tubular Linear Actuators
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...

Motorized TV Lift with Home Automation Integration
Motorized TV Lift with Home Automation Integration

New home buyers at some point or another need to make a hard decision: make the TV the focal point of the room, or keep...

Automated Toolbox - Commercial Truck Utility Bed
Automated Toolbox - Commercial Truck Utility Bed

Commercial trucks with toolboxes or utility beds could all benefit from a bit of automation. By simply replacing the gas shocks on a utility bed...

Linear Actuator Equipped Vessel Outperforms
Linear Actuator Equipped Vessel Outperforms

Two universities from Florida built an automated vessel which outperformed in a marine competition, where their autonomous dual hull boat was able to dock, navigate,...

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...
How to make an Automatic a Chicken Coop Door opener
How to make an Automatic a Chicken Coop Door opener
There are several types of doors that can be used on chicken coops, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Some common types of doors...

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