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Electro-Mechanical Solutions Offer OEM and End-User Benefits

Posted by Mark Guida on January 23, 2013 07:19 AM

Editor's Note: This post was provided by Precision Technology.

Evolution of Technology

All industries are taking a critical look at the way they use motion control systems in their equipment. Where hydraulics once dominated, equipment is now increasingly utilizing electro-mechanical actuators for a large number of tasks for which they previously would not have been considered. Electro-mechanical actuators provide more precise and reliable motion, and integrate easily with modern PLCs and computers. From a complete system perspective, they are smaller, lighter, and cleaner than their hydraulic counterparts. Electro-mechanical actuators:

  • Increase efficiency, therefore reducing costly energy consumption. For battery-driven electric vehicles, this means increased battery life.

  • Eliminate hydraulic hoses, valves and pumps.

  • Have support systems that take up less space, by replacing fluid reservoirs and valve banks with compact electronic drives.

  • Eliminate the hassle and cost of dealing with spent hydraulic oil.

  • Remove the functional reliability risk associated with hydraulic fluid contamination.

  • Eliminate the safety and environmental issues of oil leaks.

Installation Savings for the OEM

  • Electro-mechanical components cost less than comparable hydraulic component from a full-system perspective.

  • An electro-mechanical actuator is easier and quicker to install than multiple hydraulic components. 

  • System tuning of electro-mechanical systems is quicker and more predictable than configuring hydraulic systems.

Maintenance Savings for the End-User

  • Fewer overall components to maintain.

  • No hydraulic fluid replacement.

  • No leaks to repair.

  • Only scheduled bearing lubrication, and periodic inspection of motor/drive cables, as opposed to more complex regular maintenance of hydraulics.

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