LoctekMotion’s high speed linear actuator technology achieves a huge speed boost to an industry-leading 80 millimeters per second (3.15 inches per second), reached in only 0.65 seconds from standstill. As a comparison, this boost in speed and acceleration compared to traditional linear actuators is like a Formula One car compared to the average mini van and it all comes without sacrificing stability or silence.
Increasing linear actuator speed has historically been a major difficulty in the industry. The average linear actuator speed is only around 1 inch per second, with more advanced manufacturers only attaining speeds of up to 1.5 inches per second.
What’s Slowing Down High Speed Linear Actuator Development?
Linear actuator systems are normally powered by DC motors, which come in two forms: brushed and brushless. Brushless motors are more efficient, produce less heat, and quieter than their brushed counterparts—for example, brushed motors will start to become extremely hot and noisy past 5000 rpm, while brushless motors can easily reach up to 25000 rpm. This performance comes at a price; brushless motors cost significantly more to produce. Because of this, most linear actuator manufacturers often opt for brushed motors to improve cost-effectiveness and prevent the price of the final product from climbing too high, but as discussed above, brushed motors have some drawbacks, which have prevented current manufacturers from achieving faster linear actuator speeds.
However, through rigorous research and development, LoctekMotion has managed overcome the limitations while still maintaining the low cost of the brushed motor. This has translated into a line of premium LoctekMotion high speed linear actuators with speeds of up to 3.15 inches per second.
Why Faster is Better
High speed linear actuators have applications in a myriad of industries, but we’ll take a deeper look at just one: human factors and ergonomics. For those who use height-adjustable standing desks, which are overwhelmingly powered by linear actuators, the average sit to stand distance is 18 inches. At the current industry standard of 1 inch per second, it takes 20 seconds for the user to transition from sitting to standing, including the wind-up and wind-down speed of the desk. At 1.5 inches per second, it would take 15 seconds. It only takes 2-3 seconds for a person to transition from sitting to standing, which means people are waiting 12-18 seconds every time they want to change positions. That doesn’t sound like much time, but it can add up; those standing up the recommended twice per hour are spending up to 10 minutes a day just waiting for their desks to catch up to them! With LoctekMotion high speed linear actuators, this transition time can be cut to just 8 seconds, which can shorten the daily sit-stand wait time to 3 minutes. That’s a time savings of over 3 times! In a corporate setting, these time savings multiplied by dozens or hundreds of employees can result in hours or even days worth of productivity for the company as a whole.
If you are interested in Loctek high speed linear actuators to increase the efficiency of your systems, please don’t hesitate to contact us.