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Linear motion: Ask the expert

Author : Simon Gass, Norgren

31 March 2023

Against the backdrop of rising energy costs, the need to increase productivity and reduce downtime is a key focus for manufacturers. However, when it comes to selecting linear actuators for motion applications, some questions may be raised about specifying an electric or pneumatic solution. Here, Simon Gass, Product Marketing Manager – Actuators at Norgren, answers some of the most asked questions.

Is the actuation market continuing to remain strong?
The global pneumatic and electric actuation market continues to remain healthy and is forecast to grow, with predictions estimating that it will be worth around $7.4bn within the next five years, as a result of growing customer demand and innovation.   

This, coupled with the focus on increasing operational efficiencies and the growth of connectivity, means that manufacturers and OEMs are seeking high-performance solutions for their specific linear motion needs. With the need for increased precision, speed and reliability, it is essential for performance to remain competitive. 

Yet, depending on specific operational needs, there is now more choice than ever when it comes to linear actuation, and manufacturers now need to consider the benefits of both pneumatic and electric to select the most appropriate solution.

Read the full article in DPA's April issue

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