AskDefine | Define actuators

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  1. Plural of actuator


Extensive Definition

An actuator is a mechanical device for moving or controlling a mechanism or system.

Examples and applications

Examples include:
  • Motors are mostly used when circular motions are needed, but can also be used for linear applications by transforming circular to linear motion with a bolt and screw transducer. On the other hand, some actuators are intrinsically linear, such as piezoelectric actuators.
  • In virtual instrumentation actuators and sensors are the hardware complements of virtual instruments. Computer programs of virtual instruments use actuators to act upon real world objects.
Magnetic Actuator


actuators in Afrikaans: Aktueerder
actuators in Catalan: Actuador
actuators in German: Aktor
actuators in Estonian: Täitur
actuators in Spanish: Actuador
actuators in French: Actionneur
actuators in Indonesian: Aktuator
actuators in Italian: Attuatore
actuators in Dutch: Actuator
actuators in Japanese: アクチュエータ
actuators in Polish: Urządzenie wykonawcze
actuators in Portuguese: Atuador
actuators in Russian: Исполнительное устройство
actuators in Chinese: 致動器
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