With how busy the world is getting, we might agree that automation is such a huge help in day to day basis. Automated machines and basic things we use are very convenient in the sense that we don’t have to manually curate things. The same is true of various mechanisms such as valve actuators.
How do Actuators work?
Actuators are mechanisms that are responsible for movement and control of a machine such as opening and closing of a valve. With the help of an actuator, a machine or system will move precisely to the desired position. To do this, they require a signal from the outer power source which will be discussed below. Traditional actuators used manually but as generation progresses, automated actuators are prevalent such as what Blackhawk Supply has.
Types of Actuators
Depending on power sources, actuators vary. These are Hydraulic, pneumatic, and electric actuators.
- Hydraulic Actuators
These actuators convert the fluid pressure into movements. It uses linear force on valves to function.
- Pneumatic Actuators
Similar to hydraulic, pneumatic actuators converts its source of power, in this case, air pressure. It also uses linear force to function. Moreover, pneumatic actuators can be arranged in spring-open or spring-close to regulate movement.
- Electric Actuators
Compared to hydraulic and pneumatic, electric actuators needs electricity to function. These types of actuators are quieter and more energy-efficient. However, one problem of electric actuators is electricity is not available or accessible anytime.
- Manual source actuators
Manual actuators use the power of manual hand force. This is cheaper and easy to operate however, this method requires more time.
The Power of Automation
As described above, the use of manual power for actuators takes time and effort which makes automation more efficient in the long run. Here are the benefits of using automated actuators:
- Smooth operations
- Less manual force
- Control in getting in the right direction
- Has safety functions such as damage determination and pipe flow handling
Thus in terms of efficiency, time management, and precision, the use of automated actuators is a great idea for you.