How the Pneumatic Actuator has Changed the Valve Industry?

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The pneumatic actuators and other pneumatic devices are playing a very important role in modern industries. Before the invention of modern pneumatic actuators, valve industries depended on manual handle operated valves and hydraulics valves. As the modern hydraulic press patented in 1795 by Joseph Bramah. The hydraulic valves have some limitations as well. They required more maintenance compared to other machines and the working slow with some vibrations. The hydraulic valves or manual handle operated valves can never be fit for the hazardous or high-temperature environment as the fluid inside the hydraulic may leak and cause the fire. Due to these, the valve industry could not be spread as much at that time.

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Revolution of Pneumatic Rotary Actuators

In 1871, Samuel Ingersoll invented the first modern pneumatic drill and after that, the king of Detroit Charles Brady patented the pneumatic hammer on January 28, 1894. The 19th century was the revolution era for pneumatic equipment. In 1900, pneumatic components were used in Jet engines. At the end of the 1960s, the first digitally controlled pneumatic devices entered the market. These digitally controlled pneumatic devices were cost-effective, require less-manpower, and perform fast action movement. At this time the pneumatic actuators were brought to the valve industry.

Pneumatic Actuators

The pneumatic actuators brought a revolution to the valve industry. The most common Scotch Yoke type pneumatic rotary actuator is highly used in the valve industry. These actuators are available in single acting and double acting working principles. To know more about the working principles of pneumatic actuators kindly visit our website.

Benefits of Pneumatic Actuators

There are many actuators are available in the market like Hydraulic, Electric, Mechanical, Magnetic but the valve industry prefers pneumatic actuators because this type of actuator requires less energy, easy to use, low maintenance, cost-saving, and the most important benefit of pneumatic products is they are eco-friendly. Some of the benefits are mentioned below:

  • Requires less manpower
  • Cost-saving
  • Fireproof
  • Explosion Proof
  • Fast action
  • Can perform under hazardous environment

The pneumatic actuators have spread the valve industry’s serving area. Currently, from FMCG to nuclear plants, petrochemicals, Fossil & cogeneration power, Refining, Pulp & Paper, LNG & Cryogenics, Pharma Industries the valve industry has been serving in all these sectors with the help of pneumatic actuators. Otherwise, the valve industry could not have served these large industrial sectors with accuracy, safety, and speed.


In conclusion, the pneumatic actuators are not only beneficial for valve manufacturers but it is also very convenient for users and industrialists. The pneumatic actuators provide the opportunity to increase production as they are famous for fast action performance at a cheap cost with low manpower in less time frame. Hence, the producers can make and sell their products at their minimum cost so the customers can also get good products at low rates with the same quality.

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