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How to Use Control Boxes for Motion Control

How to Use Control Boxes for Motion Control

Author: Mike Agassi
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Electric linear actuators have many applications. Their linear motion is useful for automation at home, office, and workshop. One of the advantages of these devices is the easiness to control their motion. A control system can regulate the motion in a very precise manner. This control system is commonly housed in a metallic box. This is a control box.

Two Types of Control Boxes

There are wireless and wired control boxes. Wired control boxes allow controlling the actuator through a button. An electric wire connects the button to the control box. The wireless control box uses a remote control instead. The remote control and the control box communicate using a radiofrequency (RF) interface.

Simple applications like automated standing desks can use a wired control box only. For other applications like TV lifts, using a wireless control box is more convenient. Using a control box is not difficult. We explain to you how to connect it to your actuator.

A Plug-and-Play Control Solution

You do not need specialized tools to install a control box. This is a plug-and-play solution. Follow these steps to connect a linear actuator to a control box:

The first step is stripping the wires that will connect with the linear actuator. Remove approximately 3 centimeters of the insulator at the end of each cable. Now you have four cables ready for the connections;
Connect the two cables from the actuator to the two cables from the control box. Mind the color of the cables. Read the manufacturer’s instructions if needed. Cover the connection with electric tape. This will protect and electrically isolate the connection;
Plug in the control box. Test whether you can activate the actuators with the remote control. If it does not work, unplug the control unit. Verify that the connections are solid. Check that you connected the corresponding cables. If everything looks fine but you cannot control the actuator, contact a specialist.

As you can see, it is as simple as it can be. This process should not take more than a couple of minutes.