During this process, you need to first consider your specifications, then choose a manufacturer.

When mapping out your specifications, make sure to jot them down. Specifications include:

The linear actuators speed is a measure of how quickly the actuator can extend and retract. Some applications may require that the actuator move quickly, while others may require slower, more precise motion.

Stroke length:
The stroke length of the actuator determines how far it can extend from its starting position. For small-scale tasks, a shorter stroke length is typically required, but for actuators used in machining equipment and larger machinery, a longer stroke length may be required.

Load rating:
When used to push or pull an object, the linear actuator will have to be able to handle the weight of that object in order to actually move it. The load rating indicates the weight limit, or load limit, of the actuator.

Programmability requirements:
Most linear actuators are used to perform automated tasks and, therefore, require at least some level of programming to interact with the system in which they are being used. Some actuators can only be programmed for simple inputs while others have much more complex programming capabilities.

Desired lifetime:
Depending on the materials used, the environment to which the actuator is exposed, and the manufacturing quality, a linear actuator will have varying longevity. Obviously, the more durable and the higher the quality of the actuator, the longer it will most likely last.

Type of motor and power:
Linear actuators can be powered in many different ways, including electrically, hydraulically, and pneumatically, and there are many different types of motors used to generate that power. Some actuators can run on batteries, while others will use AC, DC, or other specialized motors.

Power-to-weight ratio:
While not always the case, larger actuators are typically capable of providing more power while smaller actuators provide less. Larger actuators will take up more room and generally way more as well. For weight-sensitive applications, finding the right balance of size, weight, and power is an important task.

Once you’ve put together your list of specifications, you’re ready to find your manufacturer. To help you on your way, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to our picks for top actuator manufacturing companies. If you scroll up a bit, you’ll find the guide nestled in between these paragraphs. Check out what products and services each offer, then pick a group of three or four you believe have the best potential for you. Reach out to each of them and discuss the specification list you’ve put together. Make sure to ask questions about lead times, prices, standard certifications and delivery methods. Your goal is to find the manufacturer that is best able and willing to cater to your needs. So, once you’re done talking with all of the suppliers to whom you wish to speak, compare and contrast them, keeping that goal in mind. When you’ve determined which manufacturer is best for you, reach out to them again and get started.

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