Debunking “Conventional Wisdom” in Actuator Selection and Deployment
It’s in the news. Everyone is talking about it. Pneumatic or electric?
Are you considering replacing a compressor and 200 pneumatic
cylinders with electric actuators to save compressor costs? Thinking
about building a new machine with pneumatics because 30 electric
actuators cost a whopping $34,000? You might be making the wrong
decision and as a result wast- ing tens of thousands of dollars a year.
This article provides an analysis of cost components for both
pneumatic and electric actuators, and gives examples of cost
estimations. Cost cal- culations are provided in the appendix for
readers who wish to evaluate costs for their machines or facilities.