Belt style linear actuators, sometimes referred to as belt drive linear actuators, are a simple mechanical system which enables rotary motion to be converted to linear motion by way of a timing belt which is connected between two circular pulleys. They are available as an open frame based construction or can be supplied housed in an aluminium casing in situations where protection from the elements is required. They are commonly used in everyday functions such as electric garage door openers where the rotating action of the linear actuator causes the garage door to raise or lower as required by the operator.
Linear actuators can be used to push or pull and always exert the same force. As such, they are ideally suited to a range of applications, including lifting, lowering and moving objects, either sliding them into position or adjusting or tilting them to suit a specific purpose or to perform a particular function. Because linear actuators can perform repetitive movements with incredible precision, they are often used in the field of robotics, where they can control the acceleration and force applied when carrying out specific tasks and activities.
Linear actuators are widely used across a diverse range of industries, including medical devices, manufacturing, food processing, automation, UK defence in aerospace and submarine production, power generation and testing and simulation environments. Our range of electrical linear actuators offers an efficient and accurate alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic actuators, with lower environmental impacts, reduced running costs and a lifetime of ten years or more.
The timing belt in belt style linear actuators can be constructed of various different materials, depending on the function they are required to perform and the environment in which they will be used. Light duty indoor applications may only require the use of a fibre-reinforced elastomer whilst more demanding tasks, in particular where repetitive movement of heavy loads are involved or in situations where adverse environmental conditions are a consideration, often require the use of a steel-reinforced polyurethane belt.
At Olsen Actuators, we stock an industry-leading range of belt style linear actuators of every type, size and function, and we are the UK's exclusive stockist of products from manufacturers such as Exlar Electric Roller Screw Actuators, Anca Motion Linear Motors and Macron Gantry Systems. All of our products are of the highest quality, and we guarantee their performance and reliability for a minimum two year period, with longer warranties available on request.
We provide a comprehensive selection of standard commercial off the shelf (COTS) items, or we can customise any product to suit your individual requirements. We have delivered custom belt drive linear actuators into a variety of industries, including front line UK defence. Our clients choose us for our expert knowledge, product quality and ability to consistently deliver high-quality products capable of outstanding performance in challenging environmental conditions at very short notice.
Custom belt drive linear actuators can be supplied as part of a complete packaged solution, or if you intend to undertake all integrations yourself, we are happy to supply on a component-only basis, providing bespoke advice, support and technical documentation where required.
Our COTS range of linear actuators includes roller screw, servo, drive and motor and tubular, and we also stock a military spec range of actuators for immediate dispatch. Our range includes linear actuators that are capable of lifting weights of up to 1133kg at speeds of up to 15 metres per second to heights of 5.625m. No matter how demanding or rigorous the task, we know that we will be able to supply a suitable product that will enable you to carry out all necessary functions with precision, speed, accuracy and consistency.