NASA’s Eight Legged Creation

By Dan Finkelstein, Allied Cleanrooms

NASA is developing a new eight legged creation called the Spidernaut.  As the name would imply, the Spidernaut does in fact have eight legs.  NASA has been looking for an easy means of working on vehicles, satellites and telescopes in orbit, and the Spidernaut could be a great solution.

The eight legs of the Spidernaut move through the use of linear actuators.  This provides flexibility and ease of movement when paired with its modular feet, and there are a lot of options.  The modular feet, or shoes, will give the Spidernaut a host of options to work with various types of equipment in space.  Best of all, the eight legs will allow for better weight distribution and it can easily avoid stepping on sensitive instruments. Continue reading

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IQS Newsroom Featured Profile: Burr Engineering

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Since their start in 1960 at their production facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan, Burr Engineering has been an undisputed leader in the innovation and development of linear actuator products. In fact, more than one reason has kept Burr Engineering at the top of the linear actuator market. First and foremost is their foundation of knowledge and expertise in the industry.

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 Burr Engineering has been manufacturing and supplying linear actuators for over 25 years. Providing the best in product quality, service, price and delivery ensures that those purchasing linear actuators from Burr Engineering get exactly what they desire. When purchasing from Burr Engineering, a customer need never fear they are getting anything less than the best. Burr Engineering provides a large selection of stock actuators, however if their on hand selection does not include the specifications you need, they are also able to order units that are custom built to meet your needs. These products all stay at competitive prices, even when ordering in small quantities. Burr Engineering offers several different series of actuators that are each designed to be competent in a number of different applications. The Compac Series of actuators handles loads up to 1,000 pounds and are reliable for a wide range of applications, such as construction and agricultural products. They provide a wide range of speeds and capacities. The HD Series actuators are able to handle loads up to 2,500 pounds, and are useful for the agricultural and lift table industry, as well as numerous others. The A Series linear actuators can handle loads up to 3,000 pounds, and are especially useful for demanding applications where power is necessary.

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Whether it is by phone, or by way of their easy-to-navigate and informative website, the team at Burr Engineering is devoted to assisting every customer with excellence. Their business is committed to the excellence of its full line of linear actuator systems and components. Service at Burr Engineering extends beyond quality products, both custom and stock, and providing an experienced team of sales associates reachable by way of a toll free number. They are constantly in search of new improvements and additions to their current processes and products in order to stay ahead of the curve and competitors. This constant drive to succeed is what makes Burr Engineering a leader in the linear actuator industry.

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Where You Can Look to See An Electric Cylinder

When it comes to linear actuators, there are multiple varieties that are used in numerous venues. No matter which kind of linear actuator you come across, chances are the actuator will be in cylinder form. Hydraulic actuators, pneumatic actuators, and even electric actuators are all available in the cylinder variety. Each type Continue reading

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Electric Actuators Make it Happen

The world would operate very differently if linear actuators did not exist. First, linear actuators work in places people normally could not. They are present in all kinds of machinery, from automobiles to DVD players, and their presence in these machines offer us a level of convenience to which we are so accustomed we cannot comprehend how difficult life would be without them. Linear actuators also offer an immense amount of power, more than a person would be able to provide. Since linear actuators Continue reading

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Where You May Find the 12v Linear Actuator

Though the linear actuator is an indispensable piece of equipment, different varieties of linear actuators are necessary for different uses. While some linear actuators are used to move the table on a CAT scan machine back and forth, other, much smaller and Continue reading

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How the 12 Volt Linear Actuator Can Make Your Life More Fun

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Automobiles are extremely heavy; this is not shocking news to anyone. We are awestruck when we hear a news story about an average person lifting a car off of someone who was trapped under it. Despite their weight, we are able to move parts of vehicles rather easily. We can open car doors, hoods, and trunks with Continue reading

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The Pack Expo

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If you want to stay up-to-date in your industry, one of the most effective means of doing so is to attend a trade show geared toward your business. If you are in the business of linear actuators, there is a fantastic trade show coming up Continue reading

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They Day I Learned About Linear Actuators and DVD Players

Recently we discovered that one of our prized possessions, our DVD player, was no longer working properly. We were not exactly sure what the problem was because we could not get the tray into which you place the DVD to play it to open. The machine seemed to be locked up. We did a Continue reading

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