The team at Actuonix Motion Devices, located in Victoria, B.C. have been helping electronics and robotics builders by providing micro motion components to consumers and commercial manufacturers since 2005. They design and manufacture their own line of linear servos and micro DC linear actuators for placement in compact applications. The company has also participated as a sponsor of academic robotics teams from Virginia Tech and the University of Utah. Long-time robotics enthusiasts and readers of Robot magazine may recognize Actuonix by their former name, Firgelli Technologies.
They recently gave us the heads-up about a new addition to their PQ12 line which includes micro actuators so small they will fit in a Tic Tac box. The PQ12-R servos are suitable for RC and Arduino. According to Actuonix, “The PQ12-R series operate as a direct replacement for standard rotary servos. They use the same standard 3 wire connector, ground power and control. Regardless of how you drive your servos, be it with an RC receiver, an Arduino board, or a VEX micro-controller, the PQ12-R servo will function in place of a regular servo, but with the added benefit of providing linear motion. The PQ12-R is available in 20mm stroke only with 3 with gear ratios of 30:1, 63:1 and 100:1 to cover a large variety of applications.”
The PQ12-R servo is priced at $70.00
If you’re looking for the right servo or actuator part for your small RC model, robot or any electronic device that requires motion, you can check out Actuonix’s product line, including a wide array of actuators as well as control boards, switches and potentiometers at www.actuonix.com . The website also features helpful tutorials about using Arduino with their products. Actuonix products are available direct from the company as well as through many distributors worldwide.