Linear actuators are increasingly applied in a plethora of industrial applications. There are some reasons why so. Electric linear actuators offer a lot of benefits. Moreover, they are very varied. It allows to apply them in all types of systems and mechanisms.
Let us have a look at the benefits that make linear actuators so popular.
Safety and Sustainability
Electric actuators are safe. They don’t contain any hazardous materials like hydraulic liquids, etc. This actuator type is pre-lubricated. It means that it doesn’t need maintenance and you don’t have to deal with lubricants.
Electric actuators use renewable energy to work. Moreover, alternative energy sources can be applied to power systems with electric actuators.
Convenience of Use
Linear actuators are absolutely comfortable when it comes to their application. They can be of different sizes: from tiny to huge for industrial applications. You aren’t limited in equipment and machines where you can use these types of actuators. Actually, they are used in heavy-duty equipment as well as in micro-systems.
Electric actuators are easily integrated with any control systems and elements. It makes work with them extremely comfortable.
Accuracy of Movement and Positioning
Electric actuators have top accuracy of movement and positioning. It allows applying them in highly sensitive installations. For example, these qualities are precious for the packing industry, in medical applications, pharmaceutics, robotics, etc.
Thanks to them, actuators can be used to perform micro-movements. It, in turn, allows performing microsurgeries, create highly responsive robots, handle sensitive items, manage solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.
Electric Actuators Are Economically Reasonable
Now, you might be comparing the prices for hydraulic, or even pneumatic, and finally, electric actuators. We admit that the initial investment might be significantly higher if you buy electric actuators. However, in the long run, electric actuators allow you to save enough money because they are:
- Pre-lubricated for a lifetime. Thus, no maintenance is needed. You don’t need to replace any items or lubricants. In the long run, you save on maintenance works and materials;
- Simple in construction: thus, elements that can break are almost absent. The entire mechanism serves for a couple of decades;
- Safe: while other actuator types are prone to damages, ruptures, breakages, and thus, leaks, electric actuators are completely safe in these regards. No leakages of hazardous elements mean no dangers to people`s health and environment;
- Various: their power, size, stroke length, etc., can be very different. It allows them to be applied just anywhere.
In the very end, you can calculate how much you save in the long run. Also, consider that electric actuators run on renewable energy. If you use alternative energy sources, powering an electric actuator might be even free.
While the benefits of electric actuators are more or less evident, their full potential still needs to be explored. Mostly it is because electric actuators are the newest if you compare them with hydraulic and pneumatic mechanisms. However, they have already gained in popularity.
Their numerous benefits have already made them irreplaceable in many industries. New application fields are explored and tested. Thus, the future of technology is in electric linear actuators.