Why Electric?

Two reasons: because in many applications, electric linear actuators can out-perform hydraulic and pneumatic, and because Thomson can make the conversion smooth and trouble-free for you.

Replacement with electric linear actuators is straightforward, and the long-term benefits are proven, including smaller component footprint; greater control and accuracy; lower maintenance costs; energy costs and noise; and more environmental sustainability all around.

Plus, Thomson smart actuators can communicate with a machine's electronic control unit (ECU), reducing the need for multiple single-function controllers. These actuators can accept commands and provide status information in return, such as position and speed and safety-related data such as load or temperature.

The value is clear. And as the originator of the electric linear actuator, Thomson has been helping mobile off-highway customers make a confident transition for more than 40 years. It's your turn to leverage these benefits:

Smaller footprint, simpler installation

  • Quicker and more predictable system tuning than hydraulic
  • Smaller footprint than hydraulic or pneumatic
  • One electric actuator can replace numerous hydraulic or pneumatic actuators
  • Quick two-pin installation
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Better control

  • Electric actuators operate with little force to reduce operator effort
  • Joystick or remote control enables multiple motions, increased production and improved operator safety
  • Multiple digital and analog feedback options
  • Low-voltage switching options can interface with programmable PC/PLC controllers
  • Pulse width modulation (PWM) for variable speed control

Better static load handling

  • Holds power position when off – no pump required
  • No drift when power is off

Higher accuracy

  • Better positioning
  • Better repeatability
  • Instant reaction time to command (as opposed to hydraulic/pneumatic delay)

A single 2-wire/1-DPTP switch electric actuator can replace a complex hydraulic or pneumatic system, for significantly simpler design and implementation, better performance and lower lifetime costs.

Less maintenance

  • No pumps, valves or hoses for fewer parts overall
  • Self-contained unit eliminates access requirements for location flexibility
  • No resizing or change-out to add components
  • Programmable end-of-stroke limit switches for extended life
  • No fluid maintenance necessary, no leak repairs

Lower overall system cost

  • Longer component life
  • Redundancy through manual overdrive
  • Battery-run, no parasitic power draw and no system upsizing needed
  • No pump operation or current consumption to maintain position, as electric only consumes power when moving a load

Less noise

  • No pumps, air pressure or fluids means smooth, quiet operation
  • No sound when cylinder is not moving a load

Cleaner environment

  • Less overall power required to move a load
  • No fluids, chemicals or solvents ever necessary: no environmental contamination or leakage
  • Compact design is leaner to manufacture
  • Regional manufacturing reduces carbon footprint

Make the smart switch to electric linear actuators. Thomson can make it happen.

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