Many applications call for the use of electromechanical linear actuation — which includes electric motors paired with various mechanical components for controlled movement of equipment or payloads. Options for linear actuation have proliferated in recent years. Actuators and linear-motion options today are also easier than ever to integrate into machinery ... and they’re often less costly than in the past.
Most linear actuators turn an electric motor’s rotary power into linear motion in one of three ways:
Through a rack-and-pinion set
Through a chain or belt (via a sprocket or pulley mounted to the motor output)
Through a screw drive — whether ballscrew, leadscrew, or roller screw
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