PLA Series Linear Actuator

For applications requiring:

  • Compact module that ready for plug and play
  • Constant performance even for long travel stroke
  • Cost-effective solution
  • High accuracy and Repeatability
  • Low maintenance
  • Suitable for cleanroom environment applications

The PLA Actuator Series is built with enhanced specifications for high-performance production applications to improve productivity through uncompromised speed and precision. The key notable features of the PLA Actuator are compact size, high speed, high precision, and zero backlashes, especially when compared to traditional actuators with ball screws.

Bringing high accuracy and high repeatability to the applications the PLA Series is designed for – ranging from precision pick-and-place to automated optical inspection – the actuator is also a low-maintenance solution which is suitable for clean environment applications.

This precision-driven linear solution offers a modular actuator, including precision linear encoders and linear guideways. These modules offer optimal acceleration/velocity possibilities and rigidity that allows for faster settling, accuracy and highly repeatable positioning. The PLA actuator is configurable as an open frame system for basic applications as well as partially enclosed.

The PLA Series Linear Actuators come with a selection of either the DXF Ironless or the PIX Ironcore Linear Motors, two of our proprietary direct drive products, depending on each application and its required features.


High-Precision & High-Speed PLA Direct Drive Linear Actuators 

Ball Screw Actuators  

  • Straightness: 10 µm/500mm
  • Flatness: 20 µm/500mm
  • Repeatability: ±1 µm
  • Zero Backlash*
  • Multiple carriages in a single-axis configuration
    *Direct Drive attribute which results in better force transmission, as it reduces the number of components which would otherwise be used in a conventional ball screw actuator.
  • Straightness: 50 µm
  • Flatness: 50 µm/500mm
  • Repeatability: ±50 µm
  • Backlash due to multiple additional components (shaft, coupling and ballscrew)





When compared to conventional ball screw actuators, PLA Direct Drive Linear Actuators boast impactful & significant differences in performance – your machine will move faster and be more precise and accurate, resulting in maximised efficiency, throughput and productivity.


Low-Maintenance and Durable (Long-Lasting) Compared to Ball Screws:

PLA linear actuators have low noise (friction) and high velocity vs ball screw actuators, which have high friction and are subject to wear-and-tear. Therefore, PLA is a more reliable, long-lasting investment which results in returns and cost-savings in the long-run.


A Solution Made for a Cleanroom Environment: PLA is a contactless linear motion solution, compared to ball screws which have friction resulting in particle generation.


PLA is a linear motion solution made for long-stroke applications, compared to ball screw actuators which have limited range.

With a standard stroke of up to 1240mm and customised strokes over 3500mm, PLA can replace multiple ball screw actuators with one high-performing long-stroke actuator configuration.


Configuration Available

PLA Series – Configuration Available


Detailed specifications are available at the DOWNLOADS section of this site.

PLA Series – Specification table

ModelMotor SeriesMotor CoilEffective Stroke (mm)Continuous
Force (N)
Force (N)
Actuator Dimensions
W x H (mm)
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-050-C2100 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
69242140 X 74
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-050-C3101 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
104363140 X 74
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-050-C4102 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
139484140 X 74
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-050-C1100 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
110240140 X 101
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-050-C2101 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
220480140 X 101
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-050-C3102 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
330720140 X 101
PLA140Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-050-C4103 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
440960140 X 101
PLA180Ironless Linear Motor DX30FDX30F-C2100 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
69347180 X 81
PLA180Ironless Linear Motor DX30FDX30F-C3101 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
104521180 X 81
PLA180Ironless Linear Motor DX30FDX30F-C4102 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
139695180 X 81
PLA180Ironless Linear Motor DX30FDX30F-C5103 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
174869180 X 81
PLA180Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-075-C2100 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
119416180 X 81
PLA180Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-075-C3101 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
178624180 X 81
PLA180Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-075-C4102 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
238832180 X 81
PLA180Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-075-C2103 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
366800180 X 108
PLA180Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-075-C3104 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
5491200180 X 108
PLA180Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-075-C4105 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
7331600180 X 108
PLA220Ironless Linear Motor DX50FDX50F-C2100 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
128638225 X 91.7
PLA220Ironless Linear Motor DX50FDX50F-C3101 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
192958225 X 91.7
PLA220Ironless Linear Motor DX50FDX50F-C4102 - 1240
(In increment of 60mm)
2551277225 X 91.7
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-100-C297 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
177620225 X 91.7
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-100-C398 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
266930225 X 91.7
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX150BPIX150B-100-C499 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
3551240225 X 91.7
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-100-C1100 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
274600225 X 105
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-100-C2101 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
5481200225 X 105
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-100-C3102 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
8231800225 X 105
PLA220Ironcore Linear Motor PIX250BPIX250B-100-C4103 - 1192
(In increment of 84mm)
10972400225 X 105

Note: Continuous force is measured under natural convection, refer to the detailed parameters table for more information

Force Chart for PLA Series

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Part Numbering System

PLA Series –  Part Numbering System



Types of Motors

PLA Series Linear Actuator – Types of Motors

PIX B Series Ironcore Linear Motors PIX Motors
DX F Series Ironless Linear Motors
PIX Ironcore motors offer an affordable high-force solution to demanding linear applications with a unique anti-cogging design, removing an issue that is associated with traditional ironcore linear motors. They are designed for optimal dissipation of heat and are thus capable of extremely high forces. PBA’s PIX B Series ironcore linear motors are designed with proprietary, unique anti-cogging features, which results in low-velocity ripple and higher stability. DX F Ironless linear motors feature ironless patented overlapping winding forcers which provide an excellent force density vs coil size ratio, resulting in high-force and acceleration generation for a smoother motion and high stability.
For applications requiring:

  • Higher force
  • Smooth motion with anti-cogging features
  • Zero backslash
  • Cleanroom environment
For applications requiring:

  • High precision
  • High dynamic response
  • Low velocity ripple
  • Compact-size





Laser Cutting Machine
Mount Laser Head onto the axes and move around XY axes to cut the PCB into pieces. Constant velocity is required for the process.
*Recommended Model: PLA180-DX30F & PLA220-DX50F




PCB Assembly Machine
Multiple components are being soldered to the PCB board, therefore a multiple carriage system mounted with an end effector can highly increase your productivity with a fast pace to insert the component into the PCB board for soldering.
*Recommended Model: PLA180-PIX & PLA220-PIX



Inspection Machine
Vision Inspection applications require high-stability movement for good image-capturing to prevent errors in inspection due to blurry images, especially in on-the-fly scanning processes.
*Recommended Model: PLA180-DX30F & PLA220-DX50F



Dispenser Machine
The dispensing process requires high accuracy and repeatability to ensure good distribution of precise microfluid. A zero backlash system is a must for this application. By mounting the dispenser head to the actuator and forming XY axes can provide a high-speed system with high accuracy and high-repeatability features.
*Recommended Model: PLA180-PIX & PLA220-PIX



The PLA Series Catalogue, 3D Drawings and Linear Motor Sizer Software are available in the DOWNLOADS section of this site. The technical files and content (i.e. 3D Drawings, Manuals and Software) in the download area are available only for registered users.
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