Design Engineering

Linear actuators for packaging and automotive applications


General DPN

Nook Industries has introduced its
Series 500 programmable linear actuator that offers an expanded range
of performance in generating higher loads, longer life, increased duty
cycles, higher speed and programmability. Developed by Nook’s Precision
Actuator Group, the series offers versatility, precision and control
for a broad range of market applications (including military, packaging
and automotive).

new Series 500 offers an optional external linear position sensor (LPS)
that provides intelligent, programmable positioning and verification
feedback for both parallel and higher speed in-line configurations.
Load capacities range up to 550 lbs. for in-line configurations with
parallel configurations ranging up to 1,000 lbs. and offering stroke
lengths ranging from 2”-to-24” (with custom lengths available upon

Series 500 actuator is designed to be configured with stepper or servo
motors and controls√¢ÀÜ’ supplied either as a complete system (including
motors and controls); or simply with just a motor. Ball screw driven
designs are available for continuous high-speed, high-cycle rate
applications and can operate at speeds up to 25 inches per second. Acme
screw driven designs are available for low duty cycle applications
where self-locking is desired to hold the load without the use of a
brake or loss of power.

Additional LPS benefits include:
– Easy interfacing: choice of analog or self-interrogating PWM signals.
– Low power needs: allows use with printed circuit-level supplies of +5 Vdc.
– No drift: no periodic re-calibration needed.
– Optional supply voltages: allows use in +12 Vdc systems
– Customizable reading direction
– Forward or reverse acting analog output allows match to control requirements.


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