4 Advantages of Pneumatic Actuators
Posted in Uncategorised, on December 31, 2021 By Admin
Pneumatics and hydraulics involve converting pressure from a gas or fluid into motion. Following this principle, pneumatic actuators convert the energy of compressed air into a mechanical force, which can push or pull an object. These devices are often used in systems where a quick response time is needed, such as in machine tools and robotics. However, their applications have expanded over time due to the distinct advantages they provide.
Here are four such advantages of pneumatic actuators.
High Movement Speed
Pneumatic actuators achieve high force and speed of movement by using a pressurized gas to power a piston. The pressurized gas is stored in a cylinder and is released through a valve. The gas follows the piston, pushing it outwards, and exerts pressure on the end of the cylinder to push the object in the other direction. This simple yet effective mechanism enables these actuators to achieve incredible speeds.
Since pneumatic actuators use compressed air as their source of power, they don’t have a lot of moving parts, making them quite durable. Moreover, they can perform under constant pressure and suffer very little wear and tear in the long run. Lastly, the most common materials used to produce pneumatic actuators are high-impact plastic and steel, which further bolsters their durability.
As pneumatic actuators are not dependent on electricity, they are considered very reliable because they do not suffer from any power-related damages that can occur in hybrid valve systems.
Compared to their electrical counterparts, pneumatic actuators are pretty economical and resistant to damage. Hence, they are used in a wide range of industrial applications. Since cost-effectiveness is one of the biggest determinants for manufacturers, these actuators are incredibly valuable.
Thanks to these 4 distinct benefits, pneumatic actuators are here to stay even if their operating mechanism is simple in nature.
McRae Engineering designs and supplies the best pneumatic and electrical actuators for numerous types of valve systems. Consult us today to learn more about the best available options for your system.