Industrial actuators are electromechanical devices designed to automate production processes associated with linear movement. They are the same electric linear actuator technology that is just supposed to perform more complicated types of work when compared with mini and micro linear actuators. Also, when it comes to the implementation of the industrial linear actuator such requirements as the extreme movement correctness and precise performance are frequently pushed back by the most important their specifications like stroke length, force capabilities, load capacity, an travel speed that defines how fast the industrial actuator will move from the position A – fully-contracted to the position B – fully retracted.
Thanks to them, many operations that were previously performed manually, or in a complex and irrational manner, became possible to perform rapidly, efficiently and without a person’s direct involvement. The industrial linear actuators perform the linear straight-forward motion, but with a certain installation configuration and the presence of additional devices, it can perform the following types of work:
- Pushing and pulling;
- Raising and lowering;
- Opening & closing;
- Clamping and gripping;
- Insertion and extraction;
Industrial actuators of a more complex design, such as multi-axis systems and robots, can move along an arbitrary trajectory on a plane or in three-dimensional space in accordance with a programmed algorithm. Usually, this kind of linear actuators for industrial applications has a robust, reliable and protected design, as they are designed to work in harsh conditions. And it is not only about the significant power and speed loads in the production of a continuous cycle but also, exposure to high temperatures and aggressive environments. For such cases, special models of actuators are made of stainless steel, aluminum or polymers, as well as with shell protection up to IP68 (International Protection Marking) meaning the complete tightness.
Industrial actuators can be divided into a few types according to their mechanical drive construction, these are screw-nut or ball screw transmission. The first type is cheaper as well as, more resistant to vibrations and reverse movement. The second is more durable and at the same time has higher efficiency and better performance. Carriage actuators can have a belt drive that provides very high speeds but is tend to wear off too often.
Industrial actuators can have totally different numbers in their main characteristics – stroke length, maximum speed, maximum load, supply voltage, etc. Thus, it is easy to choose an actuator suitable for specific requirements. Most actuators are available both as standard and with additional options, such as position sensors and safety devices – last ones allow using this technology for automated production factories with great convenience.
The use of industrial linear actuators on global scales is impressively diverse. These, for example, are electric actuators for machines and conveyors, transport engineering (aircraft, carriage, shipbuilding, automotive), the production of construction and agricultural machinery. Especially wide electric linear actuators are used in modern high-tech industries, contributing to a significant increase in efficiency and productivity. In many cases, they have significant advantages over hydraulics and pneumatics: no harmful effects on people and processed materials, ease of installation and use, the ability to quickly adjust parameters, ease of control, high accuracy, many times less power consumption, etc.
A wide range of industrial actuator products allows customers around the world to realize their projects and tasks choosing from a variety of available options suitable for use in different cases. Various models of industrial actuators are available both in stock assemblage and on order. Moreover, in cases of any difficulties with the choice, contacting with specialists from the manufacturers’ tech support teams will usually help to solve every question. Thanks to their knowledge and experience, they will be able to answer customers’ questions and give the necessary recommendations.