ADE motor cylinders are custom built for challenging applications.
harsh, dusty, and hot corrosive environments, like
steel plant works, mining applications, ship loaders, gates operation
bridge locking pins and more.
ADE linear actuators can also be supplied with positioning control
limits switches built in and more.Contact MECCO about supply of ADE heavy duty linear electric actuator


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The focus of ADE’s production spectrum is the development, manufacture and sale of ADE electric lifting cylinders for various areas of application. ADE electric lifting cylinders are used by industry and trade, in medical, aviation, marine, packaging and conveyor technology, in the automotive and aviation industries, for testing, simulation and solar systems.

A particular specialty is the use of ADE electric lifting cylinders as a drive concept for the operation of locks and weir systems, which, due to their specific advantages, are increasingly being used as an alternative to hydraulic drive concepts in this area.

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With many years of service experience in drive technology, we are always available for you and take care of your concerns worldwide.

From electric lifting cylinder tests to complete overhauls, we offer you individual solutions that ensure the permanent operational readiness of your equipment.

The comprehensive know-how of our knowledgeable experts forms the optimal basis for maintenance, repair, training and optimization – so that you can fully benefit from the safety and efficiency of your products.

On site, we plan and take over the assembly and organization of cranes and other aids for you. After successful assembly, we carry out the commissioning with you.

We carry out repairs, conversions according to customer requirements and overhauls for our drive technology equipment at our plant in Offenburg as well as at home and abroad.

For electric lifting cylinders from hydraulic steel construction, we carry out maintenance with a functional test to ensure long-term operational readiness.

We advise you on the correct selection of spare parts. On site, we train your staff in the optimal operation of the systems and, if required, also in the maintenance of the equipment.

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What Is An Actuator?Different Types Of Actuators Definition
1. What Is An Electric Linear Actuator And How Does It Work?
2. Common Styles Of Electric Linear Actuators
2.1 Parallel Drive Actuator
2.2 Right-Angle Actuator
2.3 Inline Actuators
2.4 Gear Motors
2.5 Dual Motor
2.6 Linear Slide Actuator
2.7 Electric Lifting Column
3. How To Choose The Right Electric Linear Actuator For Your Application?
4. Everything Is Variable; Everything Is Adaptable
What Is An Electric Linear Actuator And How Does It Work?
An electric linear actuator is a device that converts an AC or DC electric motor’s rotational motion into linear motion. The linear motion is created by rotating the actuator’s screw via the motor. The screw turns either clockwise or counter-clockwise, and this causes the shaft (which is basically a nut on the screw) to move in a line, up and down, creating the push/pull effect for the load.
Anywhere a machine pushes or pulls, raises or lowers, roughly positions, or rotates a load, an electric linear actuator can be used. Electric linear actuators also provide safe and clean movements with accurate motion control and full operator control. They are energy efficient and have a long lifespan that requires little to no maintenance.
MECCO specializes in electric linear actuator solutions best suited for medical, industrial, workplace, and mining applications.
There are many components and options to an electromechanical linear actuator. MECCO is a vertically integrated company. We can customize, design, and have manufactured all of these components for customers depending on their application needs. We can have manufactured motors and components, including the spindle and drive nut, for the electric actuators we sell. Also performed in-house, We make sure all PC board manufacturing is of the highest product quality and durability.
We will discuss a new subject in each section related to an electric linear actuator’s basics and the factors to consider when purchasing components for a linear motion system. This section of the white paper will discuss an electric actuator’s common styles and how to select the right actuator for your applications. Next, we will review the internal and external components of a linear actuator. Then, we will cover the safety-related options that can be added to an actuator.
Following that, we will explain the various actuator load and speed characteristics to consider and how they can be adjusted to meet the applications’ needs. We will follow that with the multiple levels of IP ratings an actuator can have for liquid and dust protection, as well as lubrication that goes into an actuator. Finally, we will discuss different position feedback sensors used in electric linear motion systems.
Common Styles Of Electric Linear Actuators
MECCO various linear actuators that are all interchangeably customizable to fit a customer’s application needs. Some common styles of electric or electromechanical linear actuators include:
Parallel Drive Actuator
The motor is directly parallel to the drive spindle. Typically, these types of electric linear actuators are spur or spiral gear with more gear ratio options. Parallel drive actuators allow for a broader range of loads and speeds. However, parallel drive actuators with spur gear can operate louder than spiral gear and worm gear driven actuators.
MECCO’s Parallel Drive Actuators with Spur Gear
MECCO’s Parallel Drive Actuators with Spiral Gear
Right-Angle or “L” Drive Actuator
The motor is set perpendicular to the drive spindle. Typically, these types of electric linear actuators are worm gear driven. Worm gear-driven motors have fewer gear ratio options. Because of that, they are less efficient than spur gear-driven motors but operate with low noise. One of the key benefits of a worm gear driven, right-angle electric linear actuator includes an increased self-locking ability.
Inline Actuators
An electric inline actuator has a longer retracted length but is explicitly designed to fit into smaller or compact spaces. The inline actuator is typically made up of a motor, planetary gear assembly, and drive spindle. These usually operate at a higher noise level.
Gear Motors
Gear motors allow for economical and flexible designs when matching them with various external spindle assemblies. The compact design is typically worm gear driven and an excellent choice for mechanical synchronization.
Dual Motor
A dual motor linear actuator creates movement in two directions, either individually or simultaneously. They are also typically worm gear-driven motors, which operate at a lower noise level. While these generally are more expensive per unit, the total system cost will be more economical due to fewer parts.
Linear Slide Actuator
This actuator style creates a linear movement without the use of an outer tube. It utilizes a plastic slide mechanism that travels across the actuator, attached to the frame of common household furniture (such as power recliners and couches).
Electric Lifting Column
MECCO’s lifting columns catering to the industrial, medical, and ergonomic markets. An electric column’s primary advantage is its ability to lift high loads vertically while retaining a high degree of stability and bending movement compared with linear actuators. Our industrial and medical grade columns are designed for applications such as medical and bariatric beds and height-adjustable industrial workstations, where worker and patient safety is essential.
How To Choose The Right Electric Linear Actuator For Your Application?
Choosing the right electric actuator is an essential part of any successful automation project. There are many actuator models – parallel, L-shaped, or inline motor –used in a wide range of applications. Each project need is unique. To help you select the right actuator, consider the application and its technical constraints: speed, load, duty cycle, available space, environment, and more.
1. Define the Required Load
The load to be supported is a determining factor in the actuator choice and will define its various components (motor, nut, spindle, gears, ball bearings, etc.).
It is crucial to define which direction the actuator will operate (pull, push, vertical or horizontal movement) and over which length. It will also depend on the diameter of the actuator’s inner and outer tubes. All these factors influence the actuator’s ability to lift loads and have an impact on its strength.
2. Define the Required Speed
The desired speed is a fundamental parameter in the selection of the actuator.
Not all mechanisms or materials are compatible with high speeds. High speed with a high load can cause premature wear of the actuator and affect its lifetime. Therefore, each device has speed and load that must not be exceeded to protect it from material damage. This speed depends, among other things, on the pitch and the motor characteristics.
3. Define the Duty Cycle
The duty cycle defines the ratio between the on-time and off-time of a device and varies considerably from one application to another. The duty cycle is essential to determine the actuator, its materials, and its mechanisms. It helps give the equipment an optimal lifetime and limit mechanical parts’ wear or possible overheating.
Electric actuators with parallel motors, for example, with their spur gears, will withstand a higher duty cycle and have a higher number of cycles.
4. Define the Available Space
The system’s available space also informs the choice of the actuator.
In addition to load, stroke, and speed, it is necessary to consider whether the actuator will have to operate in a restricted space and if there are any space restrictions to allow integration into the application.
For example, inline electric actuators, due to the motor’s alignment with the spindle, are more compact, making them ideal for tight installation spaces. An actuator’s mounting dimensions depend on the mounting configuration (inline, L-shaped, or parallel motor).
5. Define the Environment
The environment in which the equipment will operate is a crucial parameter to choose the right electric actuator.
Questions to consider: Does the equipment operate indoors or outdoors? Is it exposed to dust, solid contaminants, or moisture? Does it have to withstand intensive cleaning with detergents or high-pressure cleaning? Depending on the environmental requirements, the materials used and the ingress protection (IP) rating will differ. Does it require a silent operation? For example, L-shaped electric actuators, with their plastic worm gears, provide a quieter movement, ideal for medical or domestic equipment.
Everything Is Variable; Everything Is Adaptable
The choice of an electric actuator depends on many parameters. It is important to choose a linear actuator that meets the application requirements. Every application includes a list of requirements that must be met to choose the right electric actuator. Budget is also a factor in project planning. Some unavoidable technical constraints will require a larger budget. The important thing is to evaluate all these parameters to create the most suitable device.
We hope this has helped you develop a better understanding and foundation for electric linear actuators and their incorporation into linear motion systems.


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