Have you ever taken a look at a linear actuator only to find that what you really need is a component that provides motion in the other direction? Fortunately, you don’t have to dream about this kind of technology because rotary actuators do exactly what you need. They’re perfect for use in a variety of manufacturing and industrial processes. Some people might even want to use them in laboratory contexts.
Rotary Actuators come in two types, Rack and Pinion and Vane style. When the application calls for rotational motion less than one revolution, rotary cylinders can mount right at the equipment joint without taking up space with long stroke lengths, which would be required to do the same job with a linear cylinder. SMC’s pneumatic rotary actuator units can achieve arc lengths of 90°, 180°, 190°, or even 270°, depending on the configuration.
Engineering teams have developed several different options over time, which has helped to ensure that there’s a choice for everyone on the market. All you need to do is consider the direction of motion you need and pick out an appropriate product so you’ll have the right gear for the job.
Types Of Rotary Actuators In Service
Rack and pinion actuators have traditionally been among the most popular choices for those who are installing a pneumatic system that requires some form of rotational or reciprocating motion. Those who have to consider this kind of technology will want to look into the NCRQ rotary actuator series.
Compact design is one of the biggest advantages you’ll get from the NCRQ series, which is especially important if you plan on using it anywhere that you might have to conserve header space. This is good news for technicians who often find themselves installing pneumatic gear inside of housings or cases.
At the same time, you’ll appreciate the double rack design, which helps to drastically cut down on the amount of backlash and increases the overall strength that the design provides. All standard NCRQ pieces come with a rubber bumper attached to the device and even supports rotational adjustments that make it easier to deploy in a production environment.
Some people have suggested that the details are always the most important when working with pneumatic equipment. In fact, this is probably true of your electrical gear as well. If that’s the case, then all of these individual little features make this particular rack and pinion piece all the more usable. When you factor in the automatic switch capability, you’re working with an extremely effective piece of hardware.
Aficionados of customary or metric measurements are free to find their preferred style from these parts. Vane type components are going to be every bit as flexible.
While rack and pinion designs are quite popular, a number of other solutions are also offered that you might want to use depending on the specific type of installation that you’re working with. You can find vane designs that offer rotational angles all the way up to 270 degrees, which is quite impressive when you consider that only 110 degrees would have made a complete circle. That’s more than enough rotation for even the most complex operations.
In fact, you’ll find that these units are quite functional in many other ways as well. Think about the dimensions that you’ll want to part to fit. Once you do, you’ll want to find something that comes in an array of options so you’ll be free to fit it into the equipment that you’re provided with.
Single vane NCRB actuators are offered in seven different sizes. You’ll be able to find them in sizes from 10-30mm, which should help to drastically increase the number of positions that they could be installed in.
Perhaps the most notable feature that these units offer, however, is the option of smooth, step-free operation. The system doesn’t step or jam when it’s moving through it’s motions. If you’ve ever worked with a stepper motor before, then you know how things can be a little difficult once they’re moving. They periodically stop, which is sometimes desirable but usually not when working with pneumatic equipment.
Stepper motor designs were once quite useful for floppy drive controllers and the like in the past, but these use cases all involved electricity. Rotary actuators that rely purely on compressed air to process workpieces in a production environment shouldn’t have to deploy that same kind of technology unless you have some need for it.
As a result, NCRB modules are often used when technicians need a full range of smooth motion. If this sounds like something you’re looking for, then you’ll certainly want to look into the possibility of installing this kind of equipment. There are a number of reasons you’d need this sort of motion, especially if you’re doing any kind of precision machining.
Take a few moments to consider each step along the manufacturing process that you’re dealing with. As soon as you have, you’ll be in an excellent position to select the exact kind of rotary actuators that you’ll need to get your business moving faster than ever before.
Some technicians might even want to use these parts as the beginning of a much more involved automation process. Since we work with SMC and engineering teams to get access to get parts to individual workshops, you can be sure that we’ll be able to find you rotary pneumatic actuators that will work with an installation that you currently have. If you want to upgrade individual components or the air hoses, then we’ll be able to help you in that respect as well.
Find Combination Rotary Actuators At Orange Coast Pneumatics
Orange Coast Pneumatics only stocks high-quality components from SMC, which means you’re getting rotary actuators that are going to be able to hold up to a healthy amount of usage. No matter what kind of setting you’re in, these parts are ideal for providing rotary motion. Once you have your new pieces installed, you won’t have to worry about the future either. Since our components are sized to standard connectors, you’ll be able to easily incorporate new material when necessary.
On top of this, there are a number of components that feature aspects of both types of rotary actuators. This has helped to ensure that the reputation for flexibility that these components offer has grown even more. If you’re looking for any sort of rotary actuators, then don’t hesitate to contact our team online and let us know more about the specific type of components you’re looking for.