Reliable Industrial Electric Actuators

The ability to automate processes in the manufacturing industry has been a huge step for many companies. Although automation makes operations simpler and more time-efficient overall, parts of the automation process need to be seamless to achieve best results. 

One part needed to make this happen is electric actuators. These are actuators that convert electrical energy into mechanical torque and linear motion. This is highly needed in automating certain processes of manufacturing. 

Electric actuators are mostly used in creating movement of a load, including applications that require clamping. An electric motor creates the needed force for the actuator to move. They can be powered by either direct current, such as batteries, or alternating current, like from a central electrical distribution grid.

Electric actuators have far-reaching applications across several industries including manufacturing, agriculture, energy, food production, consumer electronics, and automotive.

The smallest electric actuators can be used during the medical device manufacturing process.  Medium-sized actuators are often customized for different industrial uses. The largest electric actuators are used in pressing, parts clamping, punching, and many more applications. Electric cylinder actuators, or simply electric cylinders, are increasingly becoming a favorite for many industrial applications, overshadowing pneumatic actuators, for their versatility, low maintenance costs, and improved motion control.


Pneumatic vs Electric Cylinder Actuators

Electric actuators are used when the application requires more precision. They have different power and temperature requirements to operate at optimal conditions. Unlike pneumatic actuators, when it comes to lower temperatures, electric actuators can thrive without the risk of condensation freezing and blocking the air supply lines. 

Electric actuators are the only options when compressed air is not available. Most of these actuators have enclosure options that adhere to the standards set by NEMA VII.

Another advantage of electric actuators is its low torque to weight ratio, which is required in some applications. 

At the end of the day, the needs of the application and the industry dictate which actuator is more suitable.

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Electric Actuators for Diverse Industries

John Henry Foster equips industrial facilities with electric actuators for various applications.

  • Manufacturing and Electronics. Electric actuators power precise movements to improve production quality and speed. They may also be used for cutting equipment and valve operation.
  • Automotive. Our actuators provide the high positional accuracy needed in automotive production.
  • Food and Beverage. In facilities that require higher levels of sanitation, electric actuators are an ideal choice because they do not have any fluid or air that can leak, are easy to clean and corrosion-resistant.
  • Agriculture. Agricultural equipment that requires intelligent movements uses electric actuators, instead of bulkier hydraulics that can be an environmental hazard.
  • Energy. Electrical actuators are essential to efficiency and economy in modern power generation, including solar energy farms.

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Frequently asked questions

No matter what industry you’re in, automation can help enhance processes and eliminate a lot of errors and wasted time. Automating your operations yields higher productivity, increased performance, and lower operating costs.

JHFoster understands that industrial electric actuator failures can happen at any time. Our technicians respond to repair calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Call 855.688.0065 for all your repair and maintenance needs.

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Contact us today at 855.688.0065 or email us and one of our certified technicians can walk you through which industrial electric actuator is right for your specific application.
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