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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 8:30 AM

The great debate: Electric linear actuators vs. pneumatic

There’s a new debate in motion among machine designers. What’s best? Pneumatic or electric linear actuators? The truth is it depends on the application. What follows is an honest comparison of linear actuator choices – an assessment of strengths and weaknesses – so you can choose what’s best for your project.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Jul 25 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Total cost of ownership: pneumatic vs electric linear actuators

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Who doesn’t like to save money?  We’re all in search of a good deal, but how do you define what’s good?  If you buy something on the cheap but it falls apart in a short time, is that a good deal?  Maybe it’s smarter to pay more for something that last longer and performs better.

In business, this means considering total cost of ownership (TCO), that is, initial acquisition cost plus operating costs. Comparing TCO to purchase price alone is especially interesting when applied to pneumatic and electric linear actuators. 

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Posted by Nick Holmgard on Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuator speeds up changeovers, lowers TCO


Time is money, as the saying goes, and it’s especially true in manufacturing. Reduce the time a process takes and you save operating costs. The concept of total cost of ownership (TCO) considers issues beyond a component’s purchase price like the downtime and labor costs associated with changing production set-ups.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Mar 22 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Calculating total cost of linear actuators [INFOGRAPHIC]

Not too long ago many machine designers only considered the purchase price of automation components, like linear actuators, when they analyzed cost. And manufacturing management only looked at acquisition cost when they considered investing in automation.

Now machine designers and manufacturers are using a more thorough approach to cost analysis. Rather than looking at purchase price alone, they are looking into the “total cost of ownership” of a component, machine or technology. It's a business finance concept, used frequently when considering computer system upgrades.

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Posted by Nick Holmgard on Tue, Dec 15 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Integrated linear actuator increases manufacturing efficiency

Production cost and efficiency are important considerations in all manufacturing, but these factors take on critical status in some segments. Small-engine production is one of these.  Using the right linear actuator can boost efficiency and reduce cost.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Dec 01 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric cylinders lower cost of conveying equipment

Conveying equipment manufacturers know that fast and efficient systems are critical to manufacturing success. Conveying system buyers are demanding better positioning accuracy, energy efficiency, and lower cost of ownership to ensure their ongoing success. Plus, some are eliminating compressed air systems and asking for electric linear actuators, including electric cylinders, instead of pneumatic solutions. Since they often produce several product models in the same plant, buyers need actuators that are easily programmable to several positioning set-ups.

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Posted by Aaron Dietrich on Tue, Nov 17 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Electric linear actuators versus pneumatic: Total cost of ownership

Saving money is on everyone’s mind these days, especially when it comes to industrial automation. Automation is recognized as an important way to boost quality and productivity; however, the cost of adding automated systems can be daunting.

To keep costs in line, machine designers are often tasked with finding money-saving solutions. This doesn’t mean using the cheapest components, though. If a component has a low purchase price but is expensive to operate and maintain, it’s not a bargain. Smart engineers look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) of components they’re considering, including linear actuators.

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