As with many industries today, industrial linear actuation is experiencing a growing need to adapt to Industry 4.0 in which automation and data exchange occur spontaneously. This confluence of trends and manufacturing technologies has introduced the "smart factory" and is reshaping how machine designers approach their work.
For decades, the technology and design behind industrial linear actuators had been relatively straightforward, but these components have become smarter through the use of onboard electronics and a handful of other advancements. This presentation will explore how this trend has opened up new opportunities for actuation in a multitude of markets and applications.
- Learn how i4.0 is affecting industrial linear actuation design, their capabilities and the devices in which they're being used
- Discover strategies for implementing smart actuation into your next design
- Understand other trends in industrial linear actuation, including enhanced controllability, condition monitoring, bus communication, integrated low-level power switching, synchronization, enhanced qualification requirements and increased environmental condition requirements
Chad Carlberg, Product Line Manager - Industrial Linear Actuators-Americas with Thomson Industries, is responsible for all aspects of the short- and long-term strategies of the ILA business, including product road maps and product development. Carlberg earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Butler University and has been with Thomson for 13 years.
Travis Gilmer, Product Line Specialist - Industrial Linear Actuators-Americas with Thomson Industries, supports the ILA business, while assisting sales and customer support with technical product training. Gilmer earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has been with Thomson for almost three years.