Smart Actuators

What Is a Smart Actuator?

shutterstock_1708118227.pngA smart actuator is an integrated actuator that includes onboard controls, communication capabilities, position control and feedback, and fault detection. This makes the actuator easy to install, use, program, and monitor, while eliminating the need for external controls.

Equipped with integrated hardware and technology beyond those of a standard actuator, a smart actuator is robust enough to handle high duty cycle applications while bringing plug-and-play control to industrial material handling applications.


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How Can You Benefit from Smart Linear Actuators? 

Smart linear actuators combine intelligent solutions with robust machinery to enable easy installation, configuration,Smart_Actuator-0030_REV-NEWINTELLI.png and operation so systems can get up and running quickly and perform reliably. By incorporating these intelligent capabilities, such as those available from a variable frequency drive (VFD) or electronic programmable limit switches (EPLS), smart actuators become easier to set up, operate, adjust, troubleshoot, and monitor.

 

What Applications Are Ideal for Smart Actuators?

Smart actuators are designed to provide reliable operation, enable precise motion control, and simplify applications, especially those that can benefit from automation technology. By incorporating VFD control into an actuator, operators gain the ability to program specific movement patterns with variable speeds, expanding the range of applications a smart actuator can be applied to. Some of these include:

 

Smart vs Standard Linear Actuators

Equipped with integrated hardware and technology beyond those of a standard actuator, a smart actuator, like Columbus McKinnon's Duff-Norton® brand SPA Linear Actuator with Intelli-Motion™️, is robust enough to handle high duty cycle applications while bringing plug-and-play control to industrial material handling applications.

Common Smart Actuator Applications

The Duff-Norton SPA Linear Actuator with Intelli-Motion™️ is a smart actuator that gives you the ability to program specific movement patterns with variable speeds, making it a versatile, reliable option. Let's take a closer look at how our smart actuator can improve some of your common motion control applications.