For decades, hydraulic and pneumatic systems have been the preferred choice for heavy-duty applications. However, these systems pose challenges, including complexity, noise, high energy consumption, safety concerns, and adverse environmental impact. Electric actuators are now changing the game.
This video explores the shift toward electric actuators, highlighting the increased load-handling capabilities that put them on par with hydraulic systems, as well as advanced controls and diagnostics that enable seamless communication with other machines in the network. The video also touches on numerous advantages of electric over traditional systems, including compact design, simplified wiring, and being entirely fluid-free, ensuring zero leaks, and minimal energy consumption and maintenance.
“Electrification isn't just a technological leap; it's a profound transformation in how we approach motion control. It's about harnessing efficiency, ensuring reliability, and securing a sustainable future," said Travis Gilmer, Product Line Manager - Linear Actuators at Thomson.
A prime example of how far electrification has come is the new Thomson Electrak XD actuator, which can handle larger loads, longer strokes, and higher travel speeds, all with increased durability. Additionally, the XD goes toe-to-toe with hydraulics in shock load handling, making this unit versatile for various applications.