Tolomatic Video Takes a Humorous Look at the History of Linear Actuation

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From prehistory to modern times, the video documents how linear actuation has evolved into today’s integrated SmartActuator for industrial motion-control applications.

Tolomatic takes a light-hearted look at the evolution of linear actuation and motion control in a new video, “A History of Linear Actuation,” now available on YouTube. Featuring a caveman, a medieval battering ram and Rube Goldberg-style inventions, the video is a timeline of how man has attempted to solve linear actuation problems through the ages.

The present-day solution demonstrates how far we’ve come. The new Tolomatic rod-style SmartActuator integrates a servomotor, drive, controller and linear actuator into an all-in-one package. The SmartActuator delivers 100-percent duty-cycle performance in an integrated package that is half the cost of traditional electric actuator systems. It also reduces engineering and installation time.

See the video here: “A History of Linear Actuation.”

For more than 50 years, Tolomatic has been a leading supplier of electric linear actuators, pneumatic actuators and power transmission products for factory automation. Its extensive product line also includes servo-driven high-thrust actuators, servo- and stepper motors, stepper drives, and configured linear-motion systems. Tolomatic’s electric linear and pneumatic actuators are used in a variety of industries, including the packaging, material handling, medical, food processing, automotive, semiconductor and general automation industries. For more information about the new SmartActuator ICR Plus, contact Tolomatic, 3800 County Road 116, Hamel, MN. Phone: 763-478-8000 or 1-800-328-2174. Web site:

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