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Actuators

Actuators

An actuator is a type of motor for moving or controlling a mechanism or system. It is operated by a source of energy, usually in the form of an electric current, hydraulic fluid pressure or pneumatic pressure, and converts that energy into some kind of motion. An actuator is the mechanism by which an agent acts upon an environment. The agent can be either an artificial intelligence agent or any other autonomous being (human, other animal, etc.).

In engineering, actuators are a subdivision of transducers. They are devices which transform an input signal (mainly an electrical signal) into motion. Electrical motors, pneumatic actuators, hydraulic pistons, relays, comb drives, piezoelectric actuators, thermal bimorphs, digital micromirror devices and electroactive polymers are some examples of such actuators. 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 motion into linear motion, or vice versa.

Maxitrol

ITT Controls also supplies products and components of Maxitrol. The range of Maxitrol includes several products for the petrochemical and process industries. Maxitrol (Mertik) are market leaders in the design and manufacture of gas combination controllers, gas pressure regulator, electronic gas modulation systems, gas safety devices and gas filters.

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Penn Controls

Penn Controls, now part of Johnson Controls, designs and manufactures more than 125 years for buildings, appliances, automotive and energy solutions. Also in the petrochemical and process industries Penn Controls is a well known brand and is supplied by ITT Controls.

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Del-o-Flo

ITT Controls supplies parts for products such as gas turbine fuel nozzles from Del-o-Flo. Del-o-Flo is a part of the Goodrich Corporation and is world leader in designing and manufacturing high quality nozzles and fluid handling systems.

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