An Overview of the Importance, Applications and Types of Actuators

In today’s electronic industry actuator’s are in high demand. An actuator is a type of motor that is used for moving and controlling different types of mechanisms or systems. An actuator is designed to be a source of energy. Typically the sources of energy are electric current, pneumatic pressure or sometimes the energy could be hydraulic fluid. These types of energies that are used in actuator’s are then converted into motion. One important factor to know about actuators is that it is the mechanism by which a control system acts upon. The control system could be software based, a human or an electronic system. In the every so changing present electronic industry there are many different types of actuators that different manufacturers produce.

More about the types:

The four different types of actuators include hydraulic, pneumatic, electric and mechanical. The hydraulic actuator is designed as a cylinder or fluid motor that uses hydraulic power to make possible mechanical operation.  A pneumatic actuator operates as energy is formed by compressed air at high pressure into a linear or rotary motion. An electric actuator is used to actuate equipment such as multi-turn valves. This actuator is considered the cleanest and readily available form because it does not involve oil. A mechanical actuator operates by converting rotary motion into linear motion to execute movement and involves gears, rails, pulleys, chains and other devices to operate. Manufactures that are known to produce mechanical actuators for the aviation industry are Grimes Aerospace, Triumph Aerostructures and Aero Engineering.  Along with the actuator motors that are used many manufacturers and distributors produce many different parts that are used in order for the actuators to functionally properly. These parts consist of actuator assembling kits, actuator ring kits, rotary assemblies, actuator stabilizers, etc.

ASAP Semiconductor – Known for their timely delivery of quality actuators:

ASAP Semiconductor is also a leading distributor of actuator parts, boasting a comprehensive inventory of both current and obsolete product lines as well as the capabilities to procure any parts we do not have. If you have a demand for any of these parts, please contact us today and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.


August 3, 2022

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