Rotary Actuators

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Rotary Actuators

Rotary actuators are compact, simple and efficient linear actuators that rotate an output shaft through a fixed arc to produce oscillating power. They require limited space and simple mountings and can produce high instant torque in either direction. Rotary actuators are used for lifting, lowering, opening, closing, indexing and transferring movements.

The various forms of energy that run rotary actuators include hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical. Hydraulic rotary actuators are often used for steering or as an alternative to hydraulic cylinders or motors.

Pneumatic rotary actuators are commonly used for material handling, product assembly, testing and quality control, packing, welding, and machine loading and unloading applications. Read More…Request for Quote

Rotary Actuators Rotary actuators are compact, simple and efficient linear actuators that rotate an output shaft through a fixed arc to produce oscillating power. They require limited space and simple mountings and can produce high instant torque in either direction. Rotary actuators are used for lifting, lowering, opening, closing, indexing and transferring movements.

Leading Manufacturers

Bethel, CT  |  203-778-2727

Del-Tron Precision, Inc. was founded in order to serve the needs of automated equipment manufacturers for innovative, high quality and reasonably priced anti-friction linear bearings and associated products such as valve actuators.

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Del-Tron Precision, Inc. $$$

Pittsburg, CA  |  888-580-8272

We are a qualified small business just waiting to have the privilege of fulfilling your ball screw actuator needs. We are totally in house capable in order to be able to fill any order that we receive without the extra hassle of having to send it to other locations.

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Bishop-Wisecarver $$$

Battle Creek, MI  |  800-537-9940

Utilized in a variety of applications and industries, the products designed and manufactured at Burr Engineering & Development include ball screw actuators and similar mechanisms.

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Burr Engineering & Development Company $$$

Cutchogue, NY  |  888-321-9178

At Ultra Motion, linear actuators are our specialty! Allow us to provide for you levels of customization that you cannot get anyplace else. We have developed solutions for applications such as assembly lines, particle accelerators, heart and lung machines, and more.

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Ultra Motion $$$

Bethel, CT  |  800-447-2042

Tusk Direct’s specialty is linear motion components. We offer slides, bearings, lubricants and assemblies compatible with pneumatic or electric actuators and actuator systems.

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Tusk Direct, Inc. $$$

Saanichton. BC  |  206-347-9684

Our linear actuators are at the top of the market and on the leading edge of innovation. If you need a new design or modification to an existing design, we are the true professionals that you need to call.

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Actuonix Motion Devices $$$

Lansdale, PA  |  800-313-4753

SKF Motion Technologies is a leading global supplier of quality linear motion components. Our wide range of linear guides consist of linear ball bearings and profile rail guides with ball or roller recirculation and nearly unlimited axial motion. In addition, precision rail guides with constant rolling element contact, feature highest precision. Call us today for all of your linear motion needs.

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For electric rotary actuators, there is a wide range of application including automotive power lock systems, fertilizer spreaders for farming and wind turbine construction. In addition, there are several important factors to consider upon selection of a electric actuator for a desired application, including actuator torque, range of motion and design. For instance, the two main types of rotary actuator designs are rack and pinion style and vane style, although a combination of these two styles is also possible.

The basic method through which rotary actuators provide rotary motion is through the rotation of an output shaft through a fixed arc. However, the three main types of rotary actuators each have different constructions. Hydraulic rotary actuators use pressurized fluid to turn motorized components. Either a circular shaft or a table can be used as the rotational element.

Hydraulic rotary actuators are faster and stronger than pneumatic rotary actuators. Pneumatic rotary actuators use pressurized air to turn motorized components. Types of pneumatic rotary actuators include single rotary vane devices, double rotary vane devices, multi-motion rotary vane actuators, single rack-and-pinion actuators, and double or four piston rack-and-pinion actuators.

Electric rotary actuators rotate from open to close using butterfly, ball, and plug valves. With the use of electric rotary actuators, the electromagnetic power from the motor causes the components to rotate, allowing for numerous stops during each stroke. Either a circular shaft or a table can be used as the rotational element. When selecting a rotary electric actuator, important factors to consider include the power that causes the rotation, while the full range of motion can be either nominal, quarter-turn, or multi-turn.

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