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Actuators And Solar Panels
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Tv Lift Systems With Linear Actuators
Overview: Build your own tv lift system using linear actuators.  The project is easy to set up plus cost effective.  You will need 1 or 2 actuators, gas springs, mounting brackets, guide rails and wood materials.  There is an option to set up the system using AC or DC power.  If AC power is used, you will need a PA-30 with an AC adapter or PA-20 control box.  This will allow you to control the system using wireless or wired hand remote.  If D...
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Automated Spice Rack
Overview: Automation products are becoming more popular in today’s household. The video below shows an example of one way automation is used in the average home today. With the help of this video and the information provided we hope you will be able to learn how to build your own automated spice...
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Camping Tent gets an Automated Twist with our Lifting Columns
It's that time of the year again where we just can't pass up the chance to experience some gorgeous fall scenery, crackling fires, roaring waterfalls and whooshing rivers - all this that makes up nature's soundtrack. The Autumn months indeed, provide the perfect atmosphere for camping.  For a per...
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Automated Furniture with Linear Actuators
Technology continues to grow and as a result, the world is changing around us. Companies are becoming more technology-based and daily lives are being more automated. So the question at hand is:  Are you willing to leap into this automated world and make your home not only more convenient and comf...
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What’s Cooking, Robot?
Virginia wolf rightly said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” Have you found yourself waiting for several minutes at a restaurant before your food turns up? And sometimes, when you do get your food it doesn’t taste the way you expected it to? Well, with a l...
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Linear Actuators For Aviation - Rebuild of a Biplane Simulator for Kids
Consumer flights sims are increasing in popularity nowadays. From aviation Geeks to hobbyists and innovators, more and more people are getting into building flight simulators. One such group are the EAA 485 – a group of aviation enthusiasts in Florida who come together often to share their love o...
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12:1 Scale Caterpillar tractor Using Micro Linear Actuators
Linear actuators are being popularly used across different industries and for various applications. Innovators are finding different ways to automate their daily work and sometimes we are also surprised by the use of our products in different applications. Over the years we have received informat...
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Meet the Walking-Talking-Real Wall-E and His Creators!
Legions of comic book fans & Disney movies, pop culture enthusiasts and cosplayers came together at WonderCon 2019 held at the Anaheim convention center. The little sibling of Comicon was very well received this year, and we had the opportunity to support the Wall E builders once again. Soon ...
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Living Large in 170 sq ft - A Luxury Tiny Home Meets Home Automation
Linear actuators have been used in several ways, in different industries, and for various applications. Today, they are being used to transform a home to a smart home, giving homeowners the ability to control items in the house such as windows, doors, TV cabinets and much more, with the aim to ma...
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Japanese Style Hidden Table Lift Project
As you probably know by now, we love showing off what our customers can do with our products. This time we have something really impressive to share with you; a customer has taken a pair of our FLT-07 Lifting Column Sets and implemented them into a hidden Japanese style table lift. When we say hi...
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Planetarium Projector Project
One of our talented customers from Free Fall Technologies was nice enough to share his custom project with us, built with the help of our products. Free Fall Technologies is a planetarium education company that specializes in making interesting and educational technical systems for the field.  Th...
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Adding Linear Actuators To Chicken Coops And Snowblower Chutes
As automation trends become increasingly popular, customers are always looking for ways to implement linear actuators into their applications. For instance, in farming locations, chickens stay cooped up inside until you let them out. This requires you to bundle up and head outside to open the doo...
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Fluid Power South Success Story Using Heavy Duty Linear Actuators
Fluid Power South is a distributor and seller of automation components. They have been serving Georgia OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), machines users, and resellers for nearly four decades. Their work helps companies of all sizes from growing manufacturers to Fortune 500 businesses gener...
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Flight Simulator Success Story Using Linear Actuators
With the advancement of the technology used in augmented reality, no longer are simulators limited to training facilities and large companies. Makers all over the world are utilizing motion control components to create interactive and cost effective simulators right at home, many of whom use Prog...
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Mobile Barbershop Success Story Using Mini Linear Actuators
As real estate prices increase, businesses constantly look for innovative ways to densify their space. Whether it be using automated checkout counters or online check-in, automation is a key driving force for conserving space and time. The mobile barbershop business is no different. Anthony Mart...
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Dr. Decks Success Story Using Our Ip66 Linear Actuator
Our go-to recommendation for Dr. Decks’ mind-blowing deck automation projects is our PA-04 IP66 Linear Actuator. Being based in the Northwestern United States, it is critical that the actuators Dr. Decks uses can withstand the downpour of rain and occasional snow common in the area. Featuring an...
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Table Lift Automation Solutions
As automation moves more and more jobs towards a computer, potential health risks are becoming a growing concern. Sitting for long periods of time is proven to negatively impact emotional and physical well-being. Using an automated table lift, users can negate the long term effects of a sedentary...
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Automated Secret Bookcase Doors Project
Bruce McArdle shares with us how he designed and built his own automatic secret bookcase doors. This project describes how I used an Arduino, motor controller and linear actuators to allow automatic opening and closing of a pair of doors (secret doors; secret bookcase doors!). The bookcases were...
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Sponsorship: Nice Box Custom Designed Sneaker Box
We wanted to share a very cool project that we sponsored recently. Nice Box is a company that creates special customized storage boxes, specifically custom sneaker boxes, for customers. The company was started by Cedric Townsend and he utilized our actuators and control systems to help bring some...
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Sponsorship: Dr. Decks Phantom Bbq Progress Report
Dr. Decks has been one of our most valued customers for a long time and we have worked together on a number of exciting automation projects together in the past. We are partnering up again and working on an addition to his line of "Phantom" devices, this time the Phantom BBQ. Previous "Phantom" c...
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The Top Four Easy Automation Projects
Life is hard. Nobody needs to be told (or reminded, really) just how hard it is. The goal is to make it a bit easier. The automation projects we provide you with here will hopefully do just that – make your life easier. That doesn’t mean that only when everything is installed, your life becomes e...
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Improving Solar Performance With A Sun Tracker
Guy Marsden tells us about linear actuators for his solar panel tracking system and sustainability. by Guy Marsden As someone who is very committed to living sustainably, I have done a great deal to reduce my energy footprint, both by increasing the efficiency of my Maine home and workshop and ...
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Heavy Duty Linear Actuators For Xtal's Gun Safe
Texas A & M Uses Heavy Duty Linear Actuators for their Diamond Weapon Safe Gun safety is an all-important issue today, and four students from Texas A & M have created a gun safe system that individually locks each weapon. This keeps the weapons that a person does not want to use safe and ...
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How To Hide A Tv
Wondering how to hide your TV? Try these innovative ideas. Want to put your TV away when you aren’t watching it to have more space? Whether you’re hiding your TV on a boat, in your home or anywhere else, using actuators is a low cost, efficient solution. There are many ways to hide a TV in your...
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Sponsorship: Dr. Decks Phantom Rail Using High-speed Actuators
Dr. Decks has brought us another great and exciting invention from his Phantom line of products. This hidden rail project uses one of our PA-15 high-speed linear actuators to extend and retract the railing using linear motion. Need to adjust the height? The motion control systems that are use...
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Automated Football Throwing Machine By Team Aftm
by Ajay Arora A high speed actuator, Arduino, code and a camera propels a football throwing machine into the future. Students at the Florida International University have taken the standard football throwing machine to a new level with some help from Progressive Automations. The drawback to the...
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Hidden Tv Cabinet Compartment Using Our Fast Actuator
This customer used our compact, PA-15 High Speed Linear Actuator for this hidden compartment project. One of our customers recently sent us this video. He wanted to head up a home automation project, and built this hidden TV cabinet compartment to hold his DVD player and cable box. The project u...
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Sponsorship: Dr. Decks Phantom Bench Using Our Table Lift
Progressive Automations is proud to present this video from Dr. Decks using our FLT-03-2-2 Table Lift. Home automation is about innovation. Doing something that makes you think about the possibilities in a way you never thought possible. In this highly anticipated video, Dr. Decks has built the ...
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The Twitterdog System: An Automated System Using Linear Actuators
This dynamic duo has created one of the most interesting ideas using two miniature actuators that we've seen - using Twitter. The TwitterDog System Part I Have you ever wished your Twitter could keep an eye on your dog while you were away? Javon Felder and his partner, Allison Lenzi, have co...
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Hobbyist Uses For Linear Actuators
Looking for some linear actuator ideas for hobby automation? For the home hobbyist who likes building and inventing, knowing about linear actuators is a must. Actuators are simply mechanisms that convert energy into movement along a straight line. A regular motor differs from a linear actuator i...
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Michael Mcmaster's Got An R4-p17 In The Works!
Progressive Automations had a chance to speak with Michael McMaster about his new R2-D2 and R4-P17 - and yes, he'll be using our actuators. When Mike McMaster got the itch to recreate a working model of R2-D2, like so many of us have contemplated in the past, he came upon the R2 Builder's Club Y...
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Aquarium Automated Hood Lift
Our Aquarium hood lift kit is perfect for those who have an aquarium hood in a position where it cannot be easily reached, too heavy, if you want to add a more convenient way to open it or just to have a sleek look. Using linear actuators to open and close your hood lift makes the job of feeding the fish and cleaning the tank a lot easier and straightforward. To create your own aquarium hood lift we recommend using 2 x PA-14 linear actuators, 4 x mounting brackets and our PA-30 control box with wireless remote and an AC adapter.
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Grand Champions Team S.c.a.r's Automated Dresser For The Elderly
Another inspirational project by the young to assist the elderly Progressive Automations proudly sponsored Team S.C.A.R as they won the grand championship in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition this year. Eleven teams participated in the ...
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2013 Rasc-al Robo-ops Competition Sponsorship
Students from the Florida A&M University and Florida State University are competing in the RASC-AL ROBO-OPS competition. To find out more about the robot and the competition take a look at the video below as well as information from one of the students who brought this rover to life. "W...
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Diy Projector Lift With Electric Actuators
by Ajay Arora Seeking out new ways to improve your home theater experience? You can build your own projector lift using linear actuators and automation products from Progressive Automations. If you’re still wondering whether you should get yourself a projector or a television, consider the benef...
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Tot Rod Automation Project
Even your little ones can ride in style with this new Tot Rod, designed with the help of linear actuators from Progressive Automations. This miniature ride, designed and built by Progressive Automations’ customers, comes complete with a booming sound system, hidden by the back bench. The system h...
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Hidden Tv In Cabinet Using Linear Actuators
Your life has just been made easier with this new automated cabinet system made possible with mini-linear actuators from Progressive Automations. Our customers have provided this innovative and unique design, automating their cabinet to hide and reveal their TV. Two mini-tube linear actuators...
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Ultimate Man Cave Project
Chef Francios a man known for making gourmet food using only power tools has decided to make every man’s fantasy, The Ultimate “Man Cave???. With the electric actuators from Progressive Automations he will be able to do just that. In the video below he has completed the “proof of concept??? for h...
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The Automated Home
Household Linear Actuator Projects The video below shows several ways to incorporate linear actuators into your household products. We will go through each in project shown in detail describing which Progressive Automations units and accessories we recommend. You can follow our recommendation or...
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Truck Topper Lift System
Overview: Want to make your truck or car trunk open and close hands free? You can use our Car Topper Lift system to help you achieve this. Our Car Topper Kit allows you to install and use a wireless control to open and close your trunk. Car Topper Lift kits are extremely popular for show/display...
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