Controlling Exlar actuator with arduino - will it work?

I am interested in using this actuator:

http://www.exlar.com/product_lines/38-Tritex-II-DC-Linear-Actuator

to steer a vehicle I designed. The input to the Arduino would come from a pressure differential sensor that the user influences via a tube with their breath. This type of thing is used often by people with disabilities to steer their wheelchairs. My question is will this actuator be able to be controlled by an arduino? The actuator costs $3000 so Id rather not just take the salesmans word for it...

Also if your curious what Im working on, here is a link to the project blog:

http://thespidercrabblog.blogspot.com/

Thanks for your help!

If you are serious enough to spend $3000 on a component you should read the fine print at the very end of the Atmel datasheet. It says Atmel processors should NOT be used in automotive applications.

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Robin2:
It says Atmel processors should NOT be used in automotive applications.

I’m afraid I must concur. For a one-off, non-profit application, there’s no technical reason why an Arduino could not be used, if the developer assumes all liability for injury or death arising from the use of the end result. But for a commercial product sold to consumers, Atmel probably isn’t a good idea as liability insurance probably won’t cover a claim.

Looks like a cool project skyeg3 and I wish you the best. I couldn’t find much info on controlling that type of hardware, but unless it requires very fine timing pulses (a couple of microseconds) a 16MHz microcontroller should have no problem controlling it… it’s just a question of how much software development time it will require if you are the trailblazer and don’t have someone else’s code to borrow.

Hey guys, check this out:

http://www.atmel.com/products/microcontrollers/avr/Automotive_AVR.aspx

Turns out you can get Atmel chips appropriate for automotive use!

tylernt: Turns out you can get Atmel chips appropriate for automotive use!

I'm not surprised. Bet they are priced differently.

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