If you are going to be in the market for some new actuators, you need to be well aware of the various types that are out there. The more you know about your options, the easier it will be for you to get the job done.
Electric Linear Actuator
These actuators are powered by electricity and they have linear guides, drive mechanisms, and motors. These are used to take electrical energy and convert it into mechanical transmission displacement, thermal expansion, or even electro-magnetism. This type of actuator is generally used for door locks, braking motions, voice coils, or the closing and opening of dampers. It is probably one of the more common actuators used in many places.
Fluid Power Linear Actuator
This consists of a piston and cylinder mechanism that produces the displacement of the linear through the use of gases, differential air pressure, or hydraulic fluids. This type of actuator is mostly used in applications of automation, where there is a movement that needs to be controlled and guided into a certain position. Some of the things where this type of actuator could be beneficial would be clamps, welding jobs, and the closing and opening of various damper doors.
Linear Chain Actuator
There are mechanical actuators that have sections of chain and sprockets in order to produce linear motion. The specifications for this type of actuator will depend on the length of the chain, the drive method, and the intended use of the application. The mounting configuration is also something that needs taken into consideration. The linear chain actuator are often used when the control of motion needs to consisting provide a straight pull or line push motion. This type of actuator is able to be found in a wide variety of chain sizes and styles. Depending on the intended use of this actuator, you may want to review the available chain storage options.
No matter what type of actuator you end up with, it is important to make sure that you are making your purchase through a reputable retailer or manufacturing company. This way, you should find that you will have less trouble with the actuator and that your investment will be protected by a warranty should something accidentally malfunction. If you are unclear as to which specific type of actuator will work the best for you, it may be advisable to consult with a professional like ETI Systems in the industrial and manufacturing field.