Linear Motion Systems


What is Linear Motion?

Linear motion is a vital aspect of modern-day motion control. It is a broad term that includes various technologies such as linear motors, linear actuators, and linear rolling guides and bearings. Linear motion enables the automation of various applications, such as robotics, packaging machinery, and semiconductor manufacturing. These technologies are crucial in optimizing production processes and increasing efficiency in industries worldwide. Linear motion has significantly impacted technical advancements in automation, making it easier to achieve precise and accurate movements rapidly. 

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A linear actuator is a means for converting rotational motion into push or pull linear motion, which can be used for lifting, dropping, sliding, or tilting of machines or materials. They provide safe and clean motion control that is efficient and maintenance-free. These linear actuators offer various benefits, such as low maintenance, faster installation, lower operating costs, and reduced environmental impact compared to hydraulic cylinders. No matter how basic or complex your application may be, our electromechanical industrial linear actuators can be tailored to suit your requirements.

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Heavy-duty linear actuators are specially designed for harsh applications requiring heavy loads, high speeds, and continuous operations. These actuators convert rotational motion into linear motion, allowing them to move objects ranging from two to 50 tons. When purchasing a heavy-duty electric cylinder actuator, selecting a product that closely aligns with your specific requirements is important. Whether you need a high load capacity, a longer duty cycle, or prefer equipment with low maintenance requirements, we have a solution for you.

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Mechanical actuators, commonly called Screw Jacks, are used to lift, position, push, pull, tilt or roll different types of loads and are mainly utilized in machines and equipment to convert rotary motion into linear motion or force. Screw Jacks consist of translating screws that help to extend and retract a load, allowing for more positioning options. These jacks come in different capacities ranging from 250 lbs. to 300 tons and are widely used in almost every industry – from building construction to satellite positioning.

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Lifting columns are an ideal choice for achieving linear motion with stability. Telescoping columns offer both a linear actuator and housing, providing significant lifting or push/pull force without requiring an external guidance system. The components behind these columns, including motor, linear drive, and electronics, are self-contained within a rectangular column structure. This design provides both stability and a platform for lifting. Additionally, the internal workings are not visible from the outside, enabling the use of lifting columns without the need for additional coverings. Electric lifting columns are particularly popular due to their compact design and ability to provide all the operational capabilities of larger pneumatic or hydraulic actuators within a smaller footprint.

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Linear Motion in Manufacturing

Industrial actuators are essential if processes call for rotating and pivoting, opening and closing, or keeping a production line moving. The industrial linear actuator is a component in any machine that enables movement by converting rotational motion into push or pull linear motion. These devices are used in automotive manufacturing, process industries, food and beverage production, material handling, robotics, and other industrial settings where linear motion is required.


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Every Columbus McKinnon product is engineered to help our customers work smarter, while improving the safety, uptime, and productivity of their operations. Our innovative, intelligent solutions combine equipment used to lift and move materials with industry-leading control and automation technology.


Hydraulic vs. Electric Linear Actuator: Which is Best?

When buying a linear actuator, it’s important to choose a product that will fit best with your application and specific demands. Whether you want a high load capacity, a longer duty cycle or something that requires very little maintenance, you’ll need to research each ‘type’ of actuator thoroughly.