Linear Actuator

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ZebH
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Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:42 pm

Hi all,

A while ago Liam kindly gave me this:
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I think it is a Linear Actuator, however I can't find any data sheets for it. (Wiring etc.)

Any help with this would be great!
~Zeb

Ben10
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by Ben10 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:45 am

Using the model number, I found it on Aliexpress

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32596077754.html

It doesn't appear to be a linear actuator, but is used as a position detection device. According to the seller it's applications include: injection molding machines, die-casting machine, blowing machine, shoe machine, printing presses, woodworking machinery, cable machinery, linear displacement equipment, industrial automation equipment.

Ben10.

ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:26 am

Hi again,

I think that the red wire is positive but I can't see negative!
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Do you have any idea what wire might be negative?

Thanks again,
~Zeb

ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:18 am

Thanks Ben, that's great!
~Zeb

ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:41 am

Hi again,

I have made some progress, I have an Arduino Uno and have wired the Red Wire to Ground (Numbered 1 in Datasheet), Blue Wire to 5V (Numbered 3 in Datasheet), White Wire to Digital Pin 8, and have not wired up the Green and Yellow wire (Not numbered in data sheet but is a different shaped pin than the rest). Is this wiring correct?
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I ran this code:

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int readPin = 8;
int Status1;

void setup() {
Serial.begin (9600);
pinMode(readPin, INPUT);    //Set button pin as an input

}

void loop() {
 Status1 = digitalRead(readPin);
 Serial.print (Status1);
 delay (1000);

}
And the Serial Monitor looks like this:
"00011000011111110001111100000000000001111111110110110000000000000"

"1" = Extended.
"0" = Not Extended

So that's correct.

Now how do I control this thing! do I have to wire up the Green and Yellow wire (differently shaped Pin from the rest)? If I do where do I wire it to?

Any help would be amazing!
~Zeb

ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:59 am

.....or Ben10 did I misunderstand you and you were saying that I can't using code, move the piece of metal that comes out the bottom I can push up and down? Can it only measure distance?

Really sorry if I did misunderstand you!

Thanks!
~Zeb

Liam
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by Liam » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:58 am

Look at the symbol on the side - what does it look like? :)
Youre doing well Zeb!
L
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ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:27 pm

Hi Mr Liam,

The symbol is 3 lines like this "-" the top one is the smallest followed by the middle one and the the bottom one is the longest, then attached to the bottom line is short a vertical line.

I can upload an image soon if needed!

What does this symbol mean?

Thanks very much!
~Zeb

ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:27 pm

...... Is it a ground symbol?
~Zeb

ZebH
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Re: Linear Actuator

Post by ZebH » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:07 pm

Here is a picture I drew of the symbol!
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~Zeb

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