Five Automation Technologies: A Comparison

Five Automation Technologies: A Comparison

As automation technology continues to innovate and transform industrial operations, two types of actuator technologies stand out: pneumatic actuators, which initially provided basic, low-cost motion capabilities, and electromechanical actuators that were originally used in challenging, complex applications. Recent developments in both technologies have opened up many new options for machine designers.

This article will provide an overview of five prevalent automation technologies along with their advantages and disadvantages to help actuator buyers make the best selection for their application.

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