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01/11/2023 | New Thomson Video Explores Shift Toward Electrification of Applications Using Linear Actuators

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Thomson Industries, Inc, a leading manufacturer of linear motion control solutions, has released a video: 'Clean and Simple: The Electrification of Applications with Linear Actuators,' which highlights the growing trend towards electric actuators and the advantages they bring over traditional technologies such as hydraulic, pneumatic and even manual actuation.

For decades, hydraulic and pneumatic systems have been the preferred choice for heavy duty applications. However, these systems pose challenges, including complexity, noise, high energy consumption, safety concerns and adverse environmental impact. Electric actuators are now changing the game. This video explores the shift toward electric actuators, highlighting their increased load handling capabilities that put them on par with hydraulic systems, as well as advanced controls and diagnostics that enable seamless communication with other machines in the network. The video also touches on numerous advantages of electric over traditional systems, including compact design, simplified wiring, and being entirely fluid-free, ensuring zero leaks, and minimal energy consumption and maintenance.

“Electrification isn't just a technological leap; it's a profound transformation in how we approach motion control. It's about harnessing efficiency, ensuring reliability, and securing a sustainable future," said Travis Gilmer, Product Line Manager - Linear Actuators at Thomson.

A prime example of how far electrification has come is the new Thomson Electrak® XD actuator, which can handle larger loads, longer strokes, and higher travel speeds, all with increased durability. Additionally, the XD goes toe-to-toe with hydraulics in shock load handling, making this unit versatile for various applications.

Thomson’s commitment to innovation is driving the trend toward electrification in motion control applications. Their electric actuators are the embodiment of advanced controllability and safety, and provide unparalleled durability. To explore these innovations further, click on the video link here - Clean and Simple: The Electrification of Applications with Linear Actuators | Thomson (

About Thomson Industries, Inc.

With more than 75 years of achievement in motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Actuators, Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings, Profile Rail Linear Guides, 60 Case® LinearRace® Shafting, Ground and Rolled Ball Screws, Screw Jacks, Linear Systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945 and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of linear motion control solutions serving global aerospace and defense, medical and health, factory automation, food processing, and mobile off-highway markets. Thomson, a brand of U.S.-based Regal Rexnord Corporation, has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with more than 2000 distributor locations around the world.

For more information Thomson Industries, Inc., 2400 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515; 1-540-633-3549; 1- 540-633-0294 (fax);;

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