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Fast forward with electric actuators

Fast forward with electric actuators

Friday 13th August 2010

In the constant quest for the greater speed, accuracy and control that modern production lines demand, Thorite are now incorporating electric actuators into their system solutions.

Electric actuators offer greatly increased control, with regard to mid-positioning, numerous stops, acceleration and deceleration, profiling, synchronisation and smoother movement.  They are also far faster than pneumatic cylinders, which can move at around 5m/s, whereas electric actuation doubles this speed to 10m/s and can achieve up to 123m/s2 acceleration.

Thorite's range of electric actuators also incorporate increased operational efficiency - pneumatic cylinders offer 15% efficiency, compared to electric's 80% efficiency. Rounding off the list of benefits are simple installation, a stop accuracy of circa 10microns and true "plug'n'play" convenience after programming.

As the UK's biggest distributor of pneumatic products and process systems Thorite has long been a provider of industrial systems solutions, specifying and installing a huge variety of equipment selected for its efficiency and value. Following considerable market research, Thorite took the decision to partner Festo and this has subsequently led to the company allocating significant resources into the specifying and incorporating of electric actuator systems into many applications.

Speaking of the decision Ross Gowler, Thorite's Marketing & Engineering Services Director said: "Electric actuators are a key element in the evolution of system solutions designed to meet the demands of modern, lean engineering, manufacturing & process organisations. By incorporating electric actuators into our Systems Solutions Thorite is now better able to support the increased demand for speed, control, accuracy and flexibility. They are being very warmly received by our customers, which convinces me that the future of industrial automation and robotics will be electrically actuated - and I'm delighted the full range of Festo equipment is now part of our product range."

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