Tandem actuators can be used in certain applications. Small differences in motor speed may cause the actuators to get out of synchronization. Use of clutch models allows alignment when actuator is extended or retracted. Contact Duff-Norton application engineers to discuss your application.
Dynamic, working, or lifting load is the force that will be applied to the actuator while it is in motion. Static load, also called holding load, is the force that will be applied to the actuator when it is not in motion.
Duty cycle, measured in inches per hour, is the total distance an actuator may travel (extension and retraction) in an hour with equally spaced intervals between each cycle. Duty cycle may also be expressed as a percentage, which is simply the ratio of on time to total time (on and off time). AC actuators operate between no load and rated load with very little change in duty cycle. In DC models, duty cycle is approximately inversely proportional to load (percent of rated capacity).
Duff-Norton does not preset limit switches on its linear actuators.Limit switches allow you the flexibility to set the limits of travel on your actuator to fit your particular application. Easy to follow instructions are included in the installation manual, and you may phone the factory if further assistance is required. The customer is responsible for properly setting the limit switch in the unit. If the limit switches are not set, or are improperly set, the unit may be damaged during operation. In addition, limit switches may require resetting if the translating tube of your actuator is rotated manually, as this will change the limit switch setting.
Side loading, or radial loading, is a force applied perpendicular to the actuator centerline. Eccentric loading is any force whose center of gravity does not act through the longitudinal axis of the actuator. Both side loading and eccentric loading should always be avoided as they can cause binding and shorten the life of the actuator.
Duff-Norton linear actuators can be used in tension, compression, or combination applications. Eccentric and side loading should be avoided. Please consult the technical data sheets to ensure that all hardware used in conjunction with the actuator can withstand the maximum restraining torque.
Improper loading, failure to set limit switches, excessive duty and extreme environments may contribute to premature actuator failure.
No, typical lifting speeds at various capacities within the operating range of each actuator are graphed on the technical data sheets. Should you have an application which requires lower speed, our application engineers can recommend another model or, if required, one that is customized for your application.
Yes. Complex positioning tasks can be managed through the use of position feedback devices and electronic controls.
The friction disk clutch in Duff-Norton linear actuators is set to slip when the rated load limit of the actuator is exceeded. This is to prevent damage to the actuator due to jamming, or overheating resulting from an excessive load. The load will be held securely should the clutch slip. The clutch also allows end of travel protection, but is not designed to be slipped repeatedly. Select a Duff-Norton actuator with internal limit switches or install external limit switches; if a clutch model will be slipped repeatedly.
Maintenance is minimal but Duff-Norton recommends periodic lubrication to maintain optimal performance. The installation and maintenance guide will give you specific instructions for your model.
Duff-Norton's linear actuators are rated for capacities up to 2,000 lbs. Duff-Norton also offers a full line of mechanical actuators with capacities up to 250 tons, motorized actuators up to 75 tons. In addition, Duff-Norton also offers customized controls that may be used in conjunction with any actuation system.
Technical information pertaining to each model is contained in individual technical data sheets (see enclosed literature request form.)
Should you require any further assistance in selecting the proper actuator for your application, please call your local stocking distributor, or Duff-Norton's application engineering department at (800) 477-5002.