Category: Pneumatic Actuators

What are the Types of Actuators

Electric and Pneumatic Actuators

If there’s a piece of machinery operating within your industrial environment, then there’s a good chance that an actuator is working behind the scenes to help it do what it needs to be doing. But contrary to what you may think, there’s more than just one type of actuator – and the actuator that you […]

Motors vs. Actuators for Industrial Systems

high precision ball screw actuator

Motors and actuators and industrial equipment, oh my! When it comes to making your industrial equipment tick, there are a variety of components that can help do the trick. Motors and actuators are some of the ones that play a significant role in such operations, notably when it comes to material handling equipment. Motors and […]

How to Select the Best Mounting Configuration for Pneumatic Cylinders: Considerations for Optimum Performance

Pneumatic cylinder Automation

By Vitor Rangel, Product Marketing Specialist, Actuators, from Emerson If you have chosen a pneumatic actuator properly sized for your application, now it’s time to decide how you are going to mount it. Selecting the best mounting configuration for your cylinder application is a critical design consideration to ensure optimum performance and maximize cylinder life […]

Rotary vs. Linear Pneumatic Actuators: What You Need to Know

Pneumatic Actuator automation

If you had to make a list of some of the most important advancements that can keep your business running efficiently, productively and safely, industrial automation would undoubtedly be right at the top. Not only can it help automate repetitive tasks to help employees focus on those matters that truly need their attention, but it’s […]

Pneumatic Actuators vs Hydraulic Actuators

Pneumatic input to robot handle grip handle

If you have any sort of a mechanized process involved in your operations, then there’s a good chance that actuators are the components that are helping said processes tick. Simply put, actuators convert energy into motion, helping machinery work the way it’s intended to work. Think of mechanical acts such as lifting, clamping and ejecting […]

Why Is Cushioning in Pneumatic Cylinders Important?

Pneumatic Cylinder

By Josh Adkins Product Marketing Specialist, Actuators, from Emerson Cushioning isn’t a new concept in fluid power, but it is a significant one as it can influence lifetime and performance of machines. Cushioning is usually required in cylinders to decelerate the load the piston is moving. Without it, the piston can strike the cylinder’s end […]

What Are Pneumatic Actuators Used For? Types, Applications & Uses

electric linear actuators

By Vitor Rangel, Product Marketing Specialist, Actuators, from Emerson Pneumatic actuators, in some cases referred to as pneumatic cylinders, can be found in automated systems and machinery in every industry and come in a wide range of sizes, styles and designs. Easy to maintain, these components can operate at high speeds, offering tremendous flexibility and […]

What are the Different Types of Pneumatic Valves?

pneumatic valves

A pneumatic valve, commonly referred to as a directional control valve blocks or diverts the flow of compressed air or other gases within a system. These valves are used to drive other components such as an actuator, gripper, hand tool or other device and are also used to pilot other valves. There are various types […]

How Do Electric Actuators Compare To Other Types (Price & Performance)

electric actuator application in the food industry

How exactly does an electric actuator compare to other types of actuators? Many people believe that pneumatic actuators are simply cheaper, so that is the best option for their application. In some cases, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Electric actuators are more efficient in some cases. This means the actuator performs better and […]

The Different Types of Actuation

From start to finish, the manufacturing process is always in motion, and most of that motion is powered by one of the three common types of actuation: pneumatic, electric, or hydraulic actuators. What differentiates these power sources, and why should you use one over another? Hydraulic One type of actuation is hydraulic. Hydraulic actuators utilize […]