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Tip of the Week: Dampers with Actuators

2008 June 16
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Dampers with actuators from Alps? Who knew?!

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When you are direct mounting an electric actuator to the side of the damper, it’s a quick and easy field installation, and in most cases is also cheap. But, what if you are using ball joints, push rods, and other mounting hardware to connect the actuator? It takes much more time to order each individual piece from separate manufacturers. Installing these various pieces separately can also take much more time and effort for the technician.

Some manufacturers, such as Ruskin, will ship the damper with the actuator already mounted. While ordering the pieces together from the same manufacturer does add an additional cost, the amount is significantly less than the cost of a technician’s time and effort to mount an actuator on their own. This can also eliminate the potential for mounting errors, and provides one warranty from the manufacturer on the whole unit.

Buying your dampers with the actuator attached is an option at Alps, but requires that you contact us to place the order for you. Simply call 412.464.1730 or send an email to our customer support team, and we’d be happy to place the order and determine the specific attributes needed for your project.

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. December 12, 2008

    Thanks for sharing! Great post! 😀

  2. March 9, 2009

    This motion can relate to anything from clamping, blocking, to ejecting. These actuators are normally used in industrial applications or in manufacturing, and may also be used in different objects such as motors, switches, valves, and pumps.

  3. April 27, 2009

    Hi, thanks for the information.

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