Where You Can Look to See An Electric Cylinder
When it comes to linear actuators, there are multiple varieties that are used in numerous venues. No matter which kind of linear actuator you come across, chances are the actuator will be in cylinder form. Hydraulic actuators, pneumatic actuators, and even electric actuators are all available in the cylinder variety. Each type of actuator serves a special purpose, and each kind also has individual strengths and weaknesses. No matter the kind of actuator used, however, the work an actuator does in our place should never be underestimated.
Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, for example, are often paired with heavy machinery. Since one of the main reasons linear actuators are employed is to keep people safe, hydraulic and pneumatic actuators work to translate the energy created by the rotational parts of machines into linear movement; this linear energy then helps various parts of the machines move. Essentially, they move massive pieces of machinery that would otherwise be far too heavy or dangerous for a person to try. If you look at a bulldozer, for instance, you will often see actuators on the sides of the dozer’s bucket; these cylinder-encased actuators lift the heavy parts of the dozer like the bucket or shovel so we do not have to.
Electric cylinders, like their hydraulic and pneumatic cousins, perform an invaluable service for us. These types of actuators are often used in very small spaces where a person could not fit. One example where you will see an electric actuator is in a CD player. The tiny electric cylinder you will see in there is an electric actuator, and it helps you open and close the drawer of your CD player with ease. Electric actuators are also used in places that need more precision than a hydraulic or pneumatic actuator could provide, so that is why they are used in such small spaces like your CD player. Feel free to think of them as tiny miracle workers.