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Electric Actuators are the Greenest Trend

We have technologies and automation which can make our life easier and more convenient, and have had them for a while now. What we are currently turning our attention to is how to make our energy greener and more sustainable. Linear actuators are a huge part of the changes we are making, partly because they are ubiquitous in motion systems by now, but also because the way they are constructed means that they stand the biggest chance of making the needed changes in all types of industries. The way in which actuators work is what might change our approach to technology.

Electric actuators are like all actuators, in that they are equipment specifically designed to turn rotational motion produced by a motor into linear motion. They take energy from a variety of sources, including oil and water, though electric actuators are currently receiving most of the attention because of the green applications behind them. Electric actuators convert electrical energy into a mechanical torque, and they are considered one of the cleanest forms of actuator because they normally don’t involve any other kind of physical substance.×600.jpg

Electric Actuators are Green

Electric actuators run on electricity, and so they are considered to be much greener than the alternatives which we have. Electric actuators do not use water, oil, or any other fluid to run, so they are much cleaner than other forms of actuator, which need some physical form of matter to run on.

Electric actuators are constructed differently to other types of actuators, with fewer moving parts needed for the overall work to be done. This means that the actuators are much harder wearing than other types, and so do not need so much maintenance or replacement. The lack of breaking down and replacing means that overall, using an electric actuator is much better than using anything else, since they will last longer and be more effective at their job.

Because electric actuators are so hardwearing, more and more people are switching to using them in all kinds of equipment and jobs. Using an electric actuator is much greener in this case for a number of reasons: one, the actuator will last longer, because of the way electric actuators are constructed, and two, because not needing to replace parts or a whole actuator quite so often means that there will be less waste overall, and less energy put into manufacturing new actuators and actuator parts. More electric actuators means less waste of all kinds of materials, and also less wasted time while the machinery in question can’t work due to the actuator needing to be repaired or replaced entirely.

They do the Hard-to-Reach Jobs

The effect of having electric actuators be more hardwearing than other types of actuator means that people can expand the list of duties that they can carry out on a regular basis. An electric actuator is less likely to either break or wear out (or at least, it won’t wear out so quickly) than other types of actuators, due to the way it is made. This means that electric actuators can be used in areas and equipment which are more difficult to reach and service, meaning that they can be used in more equipment than they otherwise could.

This also has a net effect in general, in that equipment can be incorporated into smaller spaces as a result of the versatility of electric actuators. This is most widely seen in the use of solar panels in particular, but the way in which electric actuators function means that equipment can be set up in many more places than they otherwise could be. Solar panels can now be fitted in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, which means that they can collect energy from a renewable source, which means that the building they are on is necessarily greener.

There are Many Types of Actuator

The electric actuator is something which is endlessly customisable, and so there are huge varieties of actuators out there for every conceivable job, from high speed actuators to low speed ones. Having lots of different types of actuators (all of which are as durable as electric actuators normally are) means that there will always be an actuator for the job, so you don’t have to settle for using a hydraulic or pneumatic actuator when there is a possibility of using an electric one.

There are Many Uses for Them

The more electric actuators there are, the more uses we have for them. People like them because they are fast and quiet, and so they are used in more and more equipment in favour of other types of actuator. People choose electric actuators because they can change the performance of equipment for the better, and because they mean less breaking down, less of a mess when there is no oil or other fluids involved, and more chance of smooth and successful operation.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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