Category: Electric Actuators

Choosing the Right Actuator Type for Your Application

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Sometimes the choice between the three main actuator types – electric, pneumatic and hydraulic – is a no brainer. For example, if you need heavy-duty motion, a hydraulic actuator would be the obvious choice, a potentially explosive environment necessitates the use of a pneumatic actuator and a sterile operation would demand an electric actuator. But […]

The Rise of Electric Actuators

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Traditionally electric actuators were not the device of choice for heavy-duty machinery, industrial equipment and other systems that demanded motion profiles with high forces and extreme robustness. However, reduced costs for these electric devices combined with recent technological advances are making designers reconsider electric actuators for use in these and other applications, giving rise to […]

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Electric Actuator 

Actuators are hidden within all types of machines and devices from industrial robots to automatic doors to cell phones. Because the function of an actuator is to enable movement by converting energy and signals into a mechanical force that pushes, pulls, lifts or otherwise moves parts of equipment and gadgets, actuators are an integral component […]

5 Trends to Watch in Electric Actuators

Actuators play an important role in motion control systems, robotics, industrial equipment and a myriad of other applications. Although traditionally considered to be the more complex choice, there has recently been an uptick in the use of electric actuators because they provide a host of worthwhile advantages over pneumatic and hydraulic models. This increased interest […]

The Inside Scoop on Electric Actuators

Electric actuators convert electricity into energy that is used to create either linear or rotary motion in a wide variety of industrial automation applications across many industries. Despite their prevalence, many of us don’t know what’s inside an electric actuator and how the various components work together to provide the energy that powers so many […]

Actuators: The Muscle Behind Industrial Motion

Similar to the way in which muscles in the human body enable motion of the arms, legs and other body parts, actuators facilitate mechanical movement. As a matter of fact, nearly every piece of industrial equipment relies on actuators to generate the motion needed to properly operate; however, the actuator used differs from application to […]

What are the 4 Main Types of Linear Actuators? 

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Linear actuators provide push or pull straight-line motion and are often used for lifting, dropping, sliding or tilting of machines, objects or materials. Because they provide precise and efficient linear movement, they are essential in many automation, robotics and motion control applications in a variety of industries, including:  The Benefits of Linear Actuators  One of […]

Linear Actuators Improve Medical Equipment and Patient Care 

Through the years the medical industry has adopted new technologies in an effort to improve patient care and comfort. Linear actuators play a crucial role in many of these medical equipment advancements, as they reliably complete the required lifting, tilting and straight-line motions necessary in today’s healthcare environments. In addition to easing the burden of […]

Does My Process Need an Electric Actuator? 

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What are some types of Actuators?    Electric Actuators  Pneumatic Actuators  Hydraulic Actuators  How does an Electric Actuator work?   Basically, an electric actuator is a mechanical device used to convert AC or DC electricity into kinetic energy in a linear or rotary motion.  They vary widely in size and capability with rotary and linear being […]

Electric vs. Pneumatic Actuators: Which One is Right for You?

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The choice between pneumatic and electric actuators is not always an easy one. However, the two technologies are so different that one can rarely be a replacement for the other. Many variations exist to meet the demands of the compressed air market. There are a few key points that can help you to decide between electric and […]