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There are various ways to control an actuator.  It can be done with a simple switch or a computerized control system.   In this section, various methods are covered.
  • PLC
  • Synchronization
  • CAN bus


Some of our actuators are designed to be more easily used with PLCs. The following video explains what is meant by Low level or low current switching which is a feature that allows the actuator to be used more easily with a PLC.

PLC compatible or low level switching


Synchronization of multiple actuators is possible.

Synchronize Uneven Loads

Advantages of Synchronizing Actuators and Application Examples

The Electrak HD actuator synchronization option features:
  • Unlimited synchronization with proper voltage (+/- 1V) and mechanical alignment
  • Accuracy of 5 mm stroke from 50-1000 mm
  • Capable of handling offset loading
  • Units have constant speed
    • No load speed is de-rated 25% from non-synchronization version
  • Same part number used for all units in the synchronized system
  • Operation with a simple switch. No external controls required.

 Wiring Layout for Synchronization Option

CAN bus

Utilizing CAN bus can provide enhanced control of the actuator. Some advantages of CAN bus include:
  • Providing the ability to move actuator using more complex motion control.
  • Internal motion controller to manipulate speed, current and position.
  • Design flexibility – the same actuator can be used in many applications.
  • Additional on-board sensors for field diagnostics.
  • Fewer wires, no external control boxes, quick connection to existing networks.
Our CAN bus control option is J1939 CAN bus compatible. SAE J1939 CAN bus is a typical communication bus used in off-highway equipment, heavy truck industry and some automotive applications.

Wiring of Standard vs CAN Bus Capable Actuators

More Information on the J1939 CAN Bus Option

Additional reading

Application Examples

For synchronization application examples see here: link
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