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Electric Actuators Overview by EDrive Actuators

Submitted by callikas@thoma… on Thu, 05/09/2024 - 00:54
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Electric actuators are precision motion control devices that convert electrical energy into either mechanical torque or linear force. Electric linear actuators create linear motion to convert electricity, while rotary devices create rotational motion.

Compared to hydraulic and pneumatic systems, electric actuators provide better energy efficiency, greater precision, and better control. They also require less maintenance and offer clean operation, making them suitable for environments where hygiene is important. Electric actuators are essential to many diverse applications, ranging from heavy-duty industrial machinery to consumer electronics and beyond.

At EDrive Actuators, we manufacture solutions for even the toughest industrial applications. Whether you're looking for a standard actuator or a fully customized product, our team can help you find the ideal component. Below, you can learn more about the types of electric actuators we offer and how to select the best option for your needs.

How Electric Actuators Work

While there are several types of electric actuators, they all feature three main components: an electric motor, a gear mechanism for torque amplification, and a control unit. Electric actuators draw power from direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) sources. Control systems range from a simple switch to a highly complex, programmable logic controller. When the motor's rotation, or linear motion, is transferred to a drive mechanism, the electrical energy is converted into the desired mechanical action

Electric actuators come in many unique design configurations, according to the task they're intended to perform. They can be categorized by voltage, motor type, input signal, or output motion. Our team is always happy to assist you with any technical support you may need.

How to Select the Right Electric Actuators

To get started finding the right product for your application, consider the following factors:

  • Application-specific requirements. Initially assess your speed, precision, load capacity, and motion type needs.
  • Operating environment challenges. Exposure to dust, moisture, chemicals, or temperature extremes dictates the required protection rating for your actuator. For example, an IP54 actuator is suitable for dust and splash resistance, while an IP69K actuator can withstand high-pressure washdown environments.
  • Actuator type and series performance. Certain devices are better suited to precision applications, while others are created with rugged end-use in mind. For example, you might require quick mounting, contamination protection, or high-capacity solutions.
  • Advanced features. Consider whether your application would benefit from adjustable limit switches, internal load cells for force feedback, or other advanced features.
  • System integration and scalability. Your actuator should be able to easily integrate with your existing control systems and adapt to future upgrades or changes in technology.

Types of Electric Actuator Series Offered at EDdrive Actuators

We offer a large range of electric actuators to meet both lightweight and heavy-duty needs:

  • UA Series Actuators
  • Tac Series Actuators
  • Eliminator Series Actuators

UA Series Actuators

UA Series Actuators

Our Universal Actuator UA offers impressive performance for its size. This compact device provides up to 500 pounds of thrust and reaches a velocity of 50 inches per second. This device also features T-slot bracketing for fast mounting and IP54 sealing to prevent contamination, as well as adjustable limit switches.

Our UA series is built with high-precision anti-rotation pistons, making it ideal for applications that involve sorting, gating, diverting, or replacing pneumatic actuators.

Tac Series Actuators

Tac Series Actuators

The Tac VT is built for demanding environments and allows for a load of up to 2,000 pounds and a velocity of up to 40 inches per second. Their design features include a high-quality ball screw, bronze anti-rotation with steel guide rods, and chrome-plated heavy wall steel pistons.

These actuators are easy to mount and come with adjustable limit switches as well as re-greasing provisions. They're ideally suited for applications that require high load capacity and precision.

Eliminator Series Actuators

Eliminator Series Actuators

The Eliminator SD is a series of super-duty linear actuators developed for the highest load aUpplications. The devices can support up to 100,000 pounds with velocities of up to 63 inches per second.

The Eliminator series comes in both steel and 316 stainless steel construction and features internal load cells and high-capacity precision ball screws. Developed to withstand rugged use, these actuators are ideal for heavy-duty industrial applications and feature unique design elements to prevent jamming.

Specialty Features for Enhanced Electric Actuator Performance

Our products have been engineered to offer durability, precision, and enhanced performance. Specialty features include:

IP69K stainless steel

IP69K stainless steel

Actuators constructed from this highly durable stainless steel deliver long-lasting, reliable performance under even the most severe conditions. These actuators are ideal for use with high-pressure, high-temperature washdowns.

Internal load cells

Internal load cells

Our heavy-duty linear actuators in the Eliminator series come integrated with cells that provide bi-directional force feedback. This feedback is essential for applications that require continuous load monitoring.

Maintenance Tips for Electric Actuators

With the correct preventative maintenance, you can maximize the longevity and performance of your electric actuator. Here are some critical care tips to keep in mind:

  • Perform ongoing inspections. Conducting routine inspections allows you to detect issues early and avoid costly unplanned downtime. Look for loose components, signs of wear, and contamination issues.
  • Regularly lubricate. Your actuator will require lubrication along any moving parts to reduce friction and wear.
  • Keep your work environment clean. Operating environments that are prone to dust or contamination can harm an actuator's performance. Regularly clean your actuator and its surrounding environment to prevent problems.
  • Update software. If your actuator features an integrated digital control system, it will require ongoing updates to the software and firmware to ensure optimal performance and security.

Customize Your Solution with Our Electric Actuators at EDrive Actuators

EDrive Actuators, Inc. has over 40 years of experience in precision electric actuator design. Our product designs meet the needs of highly diverse industrial applications, helping you reduce your operating costs and achieve improved performance.

To get started on your solution, contact our team with any questions or request a quote today.

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