Lead screws and ball screws in automotive applications

Linear actuators are extensively used wherever an automotive part needs to be opened or closed, lifted or lowered, providing convenience and safety to drivers. Several examples of Automotive applications integrating Helix Linear Technologies components include:


Automotive Factory Automation

Linear motion components also play a critical role in the automotive manufacturing process, offering precision movement and high repeatability. Typical uses include production line transport, handling, positioning, sorting, and material provisioning.

Headlamp Actuators

Miniature linear actuators are used in automotive headlights to move, track and illuminate the road for drivers. Miniature electric linear actuators are perfect for tight, compact spaces. Read more on the USE OF LINEAR ACTUATORS IN CAR HEADLIGHTS.

Side Mirror Positioning

The use of lead screws and linear actuators provides automatic tilt and rotation of side mirrors.


Door Openers

Electric linear actuators and lead screws are used to open and close sliding doors and rear tailgates with the touch of a button.

Seat Actuators

Electric linear actuators automatically adjust height and angle, and position in automotive seating.

Sunroof/Moonroof Operation

Miniature electric linear actuators combined with lead screws provide automatic sliding, opening/closing, and tilt of sunroofs and moonroofs. 

Handicap Access Actuation Systems

Handicap access actuation systems include automotive wheelchair ramps, chair lifts, and automatic door openers. 

Automotive Testing and Simulation Equipment

From switch and button testing to durability and bumper impact testing, linear motion products are integrated into numerous automotive testing machines and equipment types.

RV Automation  

•  Slide out actuators

•  Roof vent lifts

•  Bed-lifting actuators

•  TV positioning actuators

•  Toilet actuators

•  Frameless window actuators

Other Applications

•  Door Locking Mechanisms

•  Automatic Windows

•  Automatic Steering Wheel Adjustment

Contact an application engineer at Helix Linear Technologies for more information on the use of lead screws and linear actuators for your automotive needs. 

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