Linear Actuator Manufacturers

Linear actuators are devices that produce mechanical linear motion by converting various forms of energy into mechanical energy. Typically part of motion control systems in automated assembly processes, linear actuators are most often computer-controlled, although simple actuators may be powered mechanically by hand. The various forms of energy which power linear actuators include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electro-mechanical and piezoelectric. Linear actuators often act as servomechanisms to provide and transmit a precise amount of energy to work another mechanism or equipment part, or the actuator may do the actual work itself. Linear actuator manufacturers assist in robotic processes in a wide range of industries, including automotive, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food, packaging and electronics. Different types of processes use various actuator designs, including ball screw actuators, electric linear actuators (or electric cylinders), rotary actuators and miniature linear actuators. Piezoelectric and telescopic actuators are employed for specialty applications, with piezoelectric actuators supplying extremely small, precision movement, and telescopic, or spindle actuators providing vertical mechanical motion. Nearly all factory automation processes use linear actuators to push, lift, rotate or transport products or equipment during various manufacturing processes. Some linear actuators and units operate in vacuum, radiation, cryogenic, corrosive and underwater environments.

Some Leading Manufacturers

Del-Tron Precision, Inc.

Bethel, CT | 800-245-5013

For more than 30 years, Del-Tron Precision has designed and manufactured innovative, high quality linear actuators. With our experience and technical knowledge, we can help you find an actuator for your specific applications. Whether you need a ball screw actuator, pneumatic actuator, or any other kind of linear actuator, you can count on us to satisfy all of your actuating requirements! Give us a call or visit our website to discover our complete offering of linear actuators!

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc.

Waterbury, CT | 800-243-2715

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions is a leading manufacturer of precision linear actuators. Our high performance electric, pneumatic, and electromechanical actuators are utilized in some of the most demanding industries like the medical, aerospace, military, and semiconductor industries. We continue to stand up to the challenges of these industries with superior engineering and innovative design. We are confident that we can create the right actuator for your applications, so contact us today!

Tusk Direct, Inc.

Bethel, CT | 800-447-2042

Tusk Direct is your linear actuator specialist. We have been supplying linear actuation products since 1989. Our experienced staff will work with you to ensure that you get a reliable, high performance product that perfectly meets your needs. We also offer fast delivery, shipping most of our inventory within 24 hours. Give us a call or submit a request for quote on our website to get your top of the line linear actuators fast!

Burr Engineering & Development Company

Battle Creek, MI | 800-537-9940

Here at Burr Engineering, we are devoted to providing high performance linear actuators at competitive prices. We have been manufacturing actuators for over 50 years, and we have a huge selection of high quality stock actuators. But more than that, we can build custom actuators to meet your exact specifications. Our diverse line of actuators includes 12 volt actuators, electric linear actuators, and other DC and AC actuators. Visit our website or give us a call to see how we can serve you!

The Precision Alliance

Fort Mill, SC | 803-396-5544

As an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier, The Precision Alliance is your source for high quality linear and rotary motion components and systems. Our Minibot brand of linear actuators consists of miniature and multi-axis linear actuators. Our miniature linear actuators are ideally suited for tight or compact operation, and our multi-axis actuators are perfect for creating custom XY arrangements. Find your solution online, or contact us to discuss your requirements!

Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation

Pittsburg, CA | 888-580-8272

With more than 60 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, Bishop-Wisecarver is a leading designer and fabricator of linear and rotary motion products. Our diverse product line includes many linear actuators and linear motion guide systems. From high capacity actuators to small ball slides, we have a linear motion solution for you! Take a look at our complete selection of products and services on our website, and get in touch with us today!

Actuators are not only powered by a variety of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic designs, but they also create motion based on several different principles. Many linear actuators use a ballscrew design consisting of a screw rod which rotates in and out of a housing, providing linear motion. Ball screw actuators, also called drive screws, are rotated using either a synchronous timing belt drive, worm gear drive or direct drive. The turning of the screw pushes a drive nut along the screw, which in turn pushes the rod out. Rotating the screw in the opposite direction retracts the rod. A cover tube protects the screw nut from environmental elements and contamination. Radial thrust bearings permit the screw to rotate freely under loaded conditions. Rotary actuators are not linear at all, although, like rotary tables, they serve purposes similar to those of linear actuators in assembly automation applications by providing radial motion. Most miniature linear actuators are electric, although some may use piezoelectric power for highly precise, short movement, while others are pneumatic actuators. Telescopic actuators utilize a fairly new “spindle” technology to provide linear motion; because they are telescopic, the length of the actuator can fit inside a fairly small housing, making telescopic actuators highly space-efficient.

Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc.

Livonia, MI | 855-853-5003

Beaver Aerospace & Defense is your source for high quality, reliable, and cost effective actuation solutions. We have served all kinds of industrial applications around the world and have established ourselves as a global leader in the linear actuators industry. We offer a huge range of actuators, including elevation actuators, solar panel actuators, rotary actuators, rudder actuators, and more. For all your motion control requirements, we have the solution for you!

PHD, Inc.

Fort Wayne, IN | 800-624-8511

Since our inception in 1957, we have operated with the goal of providing our customers with reliable, high strength actuators. We have been manufacturing pneumatic, electric, and hydraulic actuators for more than 50 years, so we can handle even your most challenging actuating applications. Our actuators are regarded for their performance, flexibility, and long life, so regardless of your applications and working environments, we know we have the right actuator for you!

Baelz North America

Atlanta, GA | 844-223-5962

As the official North American distributor of the Baelz Automatic brand, Baelz NA has the high quality engineered actuators, components, and systems you need. The Baelz Automatic brand has been around since 1896 and has been established as one of the most reliable brands in the industry. At Baelz, we represent quality at its finest, and we back all our products with unparalleled service. Contact us with your actuator needs today!

BEI Kimco Magnetics

Vista, CA | 800-572-7560

BEI Kimco Magnetics offers you the best in cutting-edge capabilities and cost effective manufacturing expertise. Over our 40 year history, we have continued to grow and innovate, creating high quality, customized linear and voice coil actuators. Our products are utilized in applications ranging from medical equipment to factory automation systems. Quality, innovation, and service are our priorities, so count on us to deliver the very best! Submit a request for quote and see what we can do for you!


Monrovia, CA | 800-435-7494

LinTech® is one of the nation’s most reliable manufacturers and suppliers of mechanical positioning products. Since 1971, we have been creating and providing a diverse range of linear actuators for industrial automation and positioning applications. We provide both standard and custom components for our customers, meeting your specific needs. Check out our website to see our complete offering of motion control products and give us a call!

When choosing from linear actuator manufacturers, several factors are important for the success of the actuator within its application, including the speed, stroke length and load rating of the linear actuators. The duty cycle accuracy and programmability requirements must also be measured, as well as desired lifetime of the linear actuator system, particular safety requirements, environmental concerns and space constraints. If the linear actuator system is not battery-run, the size and kind of motor (AC, DC or special) are important considerations. Different available electric motors, which include stepper, brushed DC or brushless servomotors, give different levels of torque and accuracy. Rotary actuators and linear actuators may be powered electrically, hydraulically or pneumatically. Electric linear actuators are typically powered by DC or stepping motors. Hydraulic actuators have brute strength, essentially no compressibility and excellent power-to-weight ratio. However, they tend to leak, have lower reliability, are higher maintenance, expensive and loud, use flammable fluids and generate heat. Even though pneumatic actuators are inexpensive, have rapid response and are simple and easy to control, they are also loud, and their position is difficult to control.

Electromechanical actuators are quickly replacing pneumatic actuators because they save money by reducing unnecessary energy consumption within plants, have vastly improved control and flexibility, are especially beneficial for multi-positional tasks and provide no health and environmental issues due to high noise levels. However, the tendency of these electrical linear actuators to spark limits their use in hazardous environments, and they have lower power and torque-to-weight ratios. Research has been moving forward on piezoelectric linear actuators and other forms of technology, which use short high voltage bursts to create small-scale movement, but this has been primarily focused on micro-actuators and micro-manipulation.

Del-Tron Precision, Inc.

Del-Tron Linear Actuators