Whether you work in or manage an industrial plant of any kind, you probably understand the importance of an actuator. There are actually many options when selecting an actuator to create motion in equipment, including pneumatic, mechanical, hydraulic, and electric actuators. While each option offers its own pros and cons, many industries are seeing the benefits of electric actuators. Here are a few facts you need to know about industrial electric actuators.

Technical, Yet Simple

One of the first things you should know is that this type of actuator involves multiple parts that work together to achieve results. While technical, electric actuators are also quite simple.

These actuators comprise a screw, ball, and gears to create the energy used for torque. This torque is required for creating motion of the screw and ball to start the gears. 

The design offers technical results, but in a simple form. Because there are fewer moving parts, there is less wear and tear, which can protect the actuator from costly, overwhelming damage.

Affordable Operation

Maintaining and operating a pneumatic actuator can be high because compressed air is used to create the motion in your equipment. As a matter of fact, the Department of Energy states that 24 percent of the cost of compressed air stems from maintenance, installation, and the actual equipment, making it a more expensive option to use. Compressed air and the additional manpower needed to operate a pneumatic actuator will increase total expenses.

While the use of electricity may not seem like an affordable option, electric actuators are cost-effective additions to your industrial plant. Of course, the exact amount of savings you will see with an electric version will depend on your industry and overall use.

Precision and Accuracy

One of the greatest benefits of having an electric actuator is its precision. The system operation involves high-precision screws and mechanisms that offer the most precision possible for equipment.

This precision and accuracy are especially beneficial in industries and equipment that require delicate movements for intricate cuts or detailed manufacturing.


Most people worry about the use of energy, especially when it comes to living green or running an eco-friendly business. While electric actuators do use energy, they are still considered a more eco-friendly option.

Certain types of actuators produce emissions that are harmful to your health and the environment. Fortunately, electric actuators do not use fossil fuels, so there is no worry of the production of emissions and other toxic gases.

Therefore, opting for electric is best for protecting your health and the environment.


Because of the pollution created by other types of actuators, they cannot be used with certain types of equipment or in certain industries. The eco-friendly nature allows you to use an electric actuator in many different environments. 

Reduced Noise

No matter what type of plant you are working in, noise will be a factor. While surprising, the noise in some industrial plants can be so loud that it can actually damage the ear. Many workers may experience partial hearing loss after years of service in these plants.

Wearing ear plugs and headphones can be helpful for protecting the ears and hearing capability, but this protective gear is not ideal on a long-term basis.

Not only can your industrial plant become more efficient and precise, but it can also become less noisy.

Deciding which type of actuator is right for your plant's needs can be challenging, especially since many people believe a conversion from one type to electric is impossible. Fortunately, that is not the case. With this guide, you will understand the benefits of switching to an effective, efficient, and eco-friendly electric actuator. Contact a company like ETI Systems to learn more.